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Public Lecture and Conference Opening:

Thursday, 13 July 2017
Hetzel Theatre, State Library of South Australia

5:30pm Drinks

6:00pm Book Launch - Devoney Looser, The Making of Jane Austen

6:30pm Public Lecture - Andrea Goldsmith: 'Never Leave Home Without Her'

Many decades ago, Andrea Goldsmith found herself trapped in a trailer park in Daly City outside San Francisco. She was alone, penniless, and having just been dumped by her beloved she was also distraught. She had a return ticket to Australia for travel four weeks hence: non-changeable and non-refundable. Bereft, vulnerable and stripped of resources, she doubted her ability to make it to the end of the month. It was in this state she reached for the complete works of Jane Austen, bought in a single volume at a bargain price a couple of weeks earlier, and she began to read. She read one Jane Austen novel after another.

Four weeks later when she boarded the plane for Australia, her heart was still broken and she was a good deal thinner. But she felt calm and surprisingly invigorated, and in her hand luggage she carried the jottings for her first novel. Reading Austen had demonstrated that an active imagination can displace even the blackest misery.

Jane Austen is one of Andrea Goldsmith’s great and enduring loves. For her, Austen is a writer’s writer, but she is also a life’s companion. The complexities of these relationships will be explored in her address.

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Friday to Sunday, 14-16 of July 2017
Flinders in the City, 182 Victoria Square, Adelaide

A detailed program for academic panels and keynote lecturers will be added shortly. 


Professional learning workshop (secondary school):

Friday, 14 July 2017
2 - 5pm

Flinders in the City, 182 Victoria Square, Adelaide


This professional learning workshop for secondary school teachers will offer valuable insights into teaching Austen's novels, contextualising her place as a Romantic-and-Regency-period author, and studying Austen on the big screen. The workshop will be led  by world-class scholars Prof. John Wiltshire (La Trobe University), Prof. Will Christie (Australian National University), and A/Prof. Giselle Bastin (Flinders University).


Creative Writing Masterclass:

Sunday, 16 July 2017
10am - 1pm

Flinders in the City, 182 Victoria Square, Adelaide


This creative writing masterclass will be led by #1 New York Times bestselling romance autho, Stephanie Laurens. Laurens has published fifty works of historical romance - many of which are set in the British Regency period - including 29 New York Times bestsellers, and has received the Romance Writers of America prestigious RITA Award for Best Romance Novella 2008.



"Dirges and Sad Ditties from Jane Austen’s music collection"

Including a talk on Jane Austen and tea (by Robert Godden), and afternoon tea (provided by Devotea).

Sunday, 16 July 2017
2:30pm - 4:30pm
Mead Hall, Flinders Street Baptist Church, 65 Flinders Street, Adelaide


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