The Jane Austen Winter Festival celebrates the life and times of Jane Austen and raises money for the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation.  Join Caroline Jane Knight, the last Austen descendant to grow up at Chawton House (in the South of England) on the ancestral estate where Jane herself lived and wrote. Our world class speakers will explore Austen’s writing, the fashion of the era and the 18th Century laws that governed Jane’s life and the characters in her novels. Join the workshops in Regency style cooking and crafts and hear about the traditions Jane and her family enjoyed at Christmas.

Unless otherwise stated, all events are at the Louis Joel Arts & Community Centre 5 Sargood Street, Altona Vic 3018 Phone: 9398-2511 Email: admin@ljac.com.au . See below for day pass ticket deals.

Saturday, July 20, 2019 (day pass $35)

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM - Fans & Fandom — The Cult of Jane Austen with Amanda Mortensen - $20

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What makes Janeites so passionate about ‘our Jane’? In an entertaining and eye-opening insight into the world of modern Janeites, Amanda will share the history of Jane’s popularity, the different ways in which Jane and her work have been appreciated globally, and enter the world of modern Jane fandom, in all its passionate, kooky glory!

Amanda is Co-founder and Ambassador for the Jane Austen Literacy foundation and attends events with ‘super fans’ around the globe, often in costume from her growing Regency wardrobe.

5.00 PM – 6.00 PM - Jane & Me: My Austen Heritage with Caroline Jane Knight - $20

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With wit and warmth Caroline Jane Knight shares her extraordinary childhood growing up at Chawton House on her family’s ancestral estate where her fifth great aunt Jane Austen lived and wrote, and how the dramatic rise of Austen fandom has changed her life today. On show will be some heirlooms from Caroline’s private collection.
Caroline is the fifth great niece of Jane Austen and the last Austen descendant to grow up at Chawton House on the ancestral estate where Jane herself lived and wrote. Caroline shared the same family traditions as Jane, the same walks, rooms, furniture and family library – they even ate from the same Wedgwood china. Caroline left Chawton when she was 18 and carved out a highly successful business career. Caroline now runs her own business and is Founder & Chair of the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation.

Sunday, July 21, 2019 (day pass $60)

12 PM – 1 PM - Entertaining Jane Austen with John Wiltshire - $20

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Jane Austen began writing when she was still a girl – short skits and parodies, which her family found very entertaining. One of the reasons she has remained popular is that her mature novels too are, as she hoped, ‘entertaining’. John will explore some aspects of entertainment in Jane Austen’s writing, including her wisdom as well as her wit.

Emeritus Professor John Wiltshire has published five books about Jane Austen, including Jane Austen and the Body and The Hidden Jane Austen and is recognised as a world authority on her work.

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM - Jane Austen in Print - 200 Years of Collectable Treasures with Chris Browne - $20

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Come and see stunning examples of some of the finest editions in Australia from the personal collection of Melbourne book collector Chris Browne. Chris will share with you his enthusiasm for the very best examples of illustrated literature that have ever been created and some of the interesting books about Jane Austen that have been written by descendants of her brothers.

A former medical academic at Monash University, Professor Chris Browne has been a serious book collector for nearly 50 years. His personal library contains more than 12,000 books with an emphasis on 19th and 20th century English literature and children’s books. He has a fine collection of books by Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling and Lewis Carroll and is the Program Director of Melbourne Rare Book Week.

3 PM – 4 PM - A Most Patient Persuasion - a theatrical performance by Lise Rodgers - $30

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A beautifully costumed and staged presentation to commemorate the 200th year anniversary since the posthumous publication of Persuasion and this significant milestone honors the ongoing interpretation and influence of Jane Austen’s life and works.

Lise Rodgers: As a professional actress, she loved the language and characters of Jane Austen’s novels. In them, she found a treasure trove of detail about Jane and the world in which she lived – and all in her own inimitable words! This is the inspiration for her repertoire of performances, sharing information about the truly fascinating - Miss Jane Austen.


Monday, July 22, 2019

10 AM – 12 PM - Crafts of the Regency Era with Kim Reilly - $15

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Explore the crafts of the regency era in this workshop with Kim Reilly



Tuesday, July 23, 2019

7 PM – 9 PM - Dine Like Jane Austen with Caroline Jane Knight - $20

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On 16th September 1813 Jane Austen visited the Wedgwood showroom in London with her brother Edward (Caroline’s fourth great grandfather) to order a custom made dinner service for the Austen Knight family - ‘We then went to Wedgwoods, where my Br & Fanny chose a Dinner Set … the pattern is a small Lozenge in purple, between Lines of narrow Gold;—& it is to have the Crest’, Jane wrote to her sister Cassandra that evening.

In this fascinating talk, Caroline Jane Knight will show two original pieces from this Wedgwood dinner service and discuss regency dining and etiquette. Caroline will share recipes from her recently launched ‘Dine Like Jane Austen’ regency dinner using recipes and flavours from her family’s 18th century cookbook. Each dish is inspired by the food eaten by Jane herself and dishes mentioned in her novels and letters.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

9 AM – 12 PM - Regency Recipes Workshop with Kim Reilly - $30 at the Beryl Hevey Centre

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Regency Recipes Workshop with Kim Reilly

Saturday, July 27, 2019 (day pass $40)

3 PM – 4 PM - A Jane Austen Christmas - a theatrical performance by Lise Rodgers - $30

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Christmas – was mentioned in all six of Jane’s novels. Share a Jane Austen Christmas with Lise Rodgers in this costumed performance.

Lise Rodgers: As a professional actress, she loved the language and characters of Jane Austen’s novels. In them, she found a treasure trove of detail about Jane and the world in which she lived – and all in her own inimitable words! This is the inspiration for her repertoire of performances, sharing information about the truly fascinating - Miss Jane Austen.

4 PM – 5 PM - Christmas Eve with the Austen Family with Caroline Jane Knight - $20

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Different amusements every evening! We had Bullet Pudding, then Snap-Dragon,’ Jane Austen’s favourite niece Fanny wrote in her diary in 1806. And the family tradition of playing Snap-Dragon continued throughout Caroline’s childhood at Chawton House, on the ancestral estate where Jane Austen lived and wrote.

With a reading from her memoir Jane & Me: My Austen Heritage, Jane Austen’s fifth great niece, Caroline Jane Knight, will share one her family’s most treasured Christmas traditions.

Sunday, July 28, 2019 (day pass $35)

2 PM – 3 PM - Jane Austen’s Brush with the Law with Mercia Chapman - $20

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The law was different in 1813 (when Pride & Prejudice was published) and entails were commonplace. In this fascinating talk you will hear how the law of the day effected Jane Austen and her characters. Learn about the early 18th century legal profession, lawyer characters in Jane’s novels, the legal cases her family were involved in and, of course, what an entail is and why Mr Bennet’s daughters will not inherit Longbourne.

Mercia Chapman is a lawyer specialising in the areas of wills and deceased estates, trusts and charity law. Mercia holds the degrees of Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney and Bachelor of Law from the University of Melbourne and is Senior Legal Counsel for Equities Trustees Limited. Mercia has had a lifelong interest in the works of Jane Austen, is President of the Jane Austen Society of Melbourne and Deputy Chair of the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation.

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2 PM – 3 PM - Bonnets and Bennets - Regency Fashion with Kelly Lock - $20

Regency fashionista Kelly Lock will discuss the clothes worn by Jane Austen and her characters, and share some of the pieces from her own collection.


Monday, July 29, 2019

10 AM – 12 PM - Crafts of the Regency Era with Kim Reilly - $15

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Explore the crafts of the regency era in this workshop with Kim Reilly


Wednesday, July 31, 2019

9 AM – 12 PM - Regency Recipes Workshop with Kim Reilly - $30 at the Beryl Hevey Centre

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Regency Recipes Workshop with Kim Reilly






JANE AUSTEN WINTER FESTIVAL PROGRAM SUMMARY

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