Conversations

  • Introducing The Conversation Series – the opportunity to share some information about Jane Austen and her world in a series of informal talks.


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  • “Do You Dance Mr. Darcy”

  • When Jane Austen wrote that “to be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love”, she was writing of a world where dancing was the most important pastime for making the acquaintance of the opposite sex. A world of balls and assemblies, country dances and reels; a world where fun and flirtation were possible within a strict code of conduct. But what was the etiquette? What were the steps and how did Jane and her heroines fare on the dance floor?


  • “For Better For Worse – Marriage In The Time of Jane Austen”

  • “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife”  Pride & Prejudice

  • “She Wrote About What She Knew – Jane Austen’s Life and Times”

  • Shopping in the time of Jane Austen
  • “Three of four families in a country village is the very thing to work on…..”. J.A. 1814

  • Vanity
  • “Vanity – Thy Name Is Not Jane Austen”

  • “Vanity working on weak heads produces all sorts of mischief”  Emma
  • A look at some of Jane’s less likeable characters!

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  • “An Officer & A Gentleman”

  • Against a backdrop of England’s involvement in international conflicts, Jane Austen wrote about the people and places she knew. Accused by some critics of ignoring world events, in fact her novels and letters reveal a great deal about the way her world was influenced by war.