Thursday, 13 August 2015

The Austen Gazette (Vol. 6) Out Now!

Cover photo by Pauline Wilmotte
Or Jane Austen Society of Ireland newsletter is out now, with all the latest society news and updates, including information about our next Jane Austen Book Club meeting, a review and photos of the Jo Baker event in Dublin last May, and exciting information for members living in Cork. If you are a member, a copy will have been emailed to you, so check your inbox.

Jo Baker Meets Jane Austen Event

By Mary Kelleher.
A group of eight of us travelled from Cork on May 9th and had a lovely afternoon at the Jane Austen Society of Ireland event in the historic Law Society building in Blackhall Place.  The regency mood was created as soon as we entered the venue by the presence of “militia men”, who were there to greet us in their colourful uniforms – we felt like the Bennet sisters walking into Meryton!
Tim Bullamore, editor of the Austen Gazette gave an Introductory Talk, he was a pleasure to listen to, speaking about obituaries - he really brought this subject to life, and was very captivating.  There was lovely music during the afternoon, creating a feeling throughout of Jane Austen’s era.  We were also served Afternoon tea with delicious scones during the interval and the opportunity to chat with other Austen enthusiasts. 
Jo Baker was fantastic – her love and respect for Jane Austen was clear as she spoke of how she had to justify writing ‘Longbourn’ and the years she spent first thinking about it, then working on it.  She spoke of why she chose the servant’s story, giving the story from their
perspectives and being a parallel to Elizabeth’s story in ‘Pride and Prejudice’.  Her own family history, some of whom were in service, made her feel there was another story to tell and I think we all felt that her novel is a masterpiece in itself and works well as a companion to Jane Austen’s story and is a delight for all Austen fans.  Jo Baker’s own warmth, generosity with her time and enthusiasm to answer questions endeared her to us all.  
There was also a wonderful hamper for raffle, full of Jane Austen goodies for someone to take home.
A delightful day for Jane Austen fans!

Photos taken by Poul Madsen.

Monday, 20 July 2015

Austen Comes to Mount Juliet

Steeped in heritage, Mount Juliet, in County Kilkenny, is one of Ireland's leading country estates. They pride themselves in their family culture, while at the same time maintaining the high-end service and hospitality for which Mount Juliet is internationally renowned.

This July 23rd, Chapterhouse Theatre Company will perform their wonderful adaptation of 'Pride and Prejudice'. This will be a treat not to miss. The hotel is delighted to offer a 10% discount to JASI members. Simply call 056 777 3082 and quote the password. (Email us if you plan to attend and need the code!)   Their online tickets will remain on sale until 5pm on the 23rd July.  They will however have tickets available at the door should people decide at the last minute.

See HERE for tickets.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Rest In Peace ~ Jane Austen

“On Thursday, 17 July, Cassandra (Austen)  went into the town (Winchester) on some errand for her sister (Jane) and found, on returning, that she had had an attack of faintness. It passed off slightly, but soon returned, and she suffered greatly, crying out, ‘God, grant me patience, Pray for me oh Pray for me!’ 
Cassandra asked her if there was anything she wanted. She replied that she wanted nothing but death. 

Mr. Lyford came and was able somewhat to relieve her, but by 7 p.m, she was unconscious and lay perfectly still save for a slight movement of her head with each breath. Cassandra sat by her
for six hours, with a pillow on her lap to support Jane’s head which was nearly off the bed. Then, for two and a half hours, Mary (James Austen’s wife) relieved her. Cassandra came back at 3.30 a.m and an hour later, on Friday, 18 July, Jane Austen died in her sister’s arms”  (Marghanita Laski)

Jane Austen was buried in Winchester Cathedral, in the north aisle, on the following Thursday morning, 24 July.
The burial date recorded in the cathedral Burial Register is incorrect: it is given as two days before she actually died!

Eileen Collins

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Pride and Prejudice - Open Air Theatre

Don't miss an outdoor theatre production of 'Pride and Prejudice' this summer at Malahide Castle, County Dublin, on 24th July, 7:30 pm.  A 15% discount is available for JASI members, so get in touch if you want to go and I will email you the discount code!  For full details, see:

Rathmullan House, in beautiful Donegal, is offering JASI members a 3 for 2 offer when buying tickets for their out door, afternoon, 'Pride and Prejudice' theatre event on Sunday 26th July at 3pm. See their website for details:

For a full list of Irish shows, see this previous link:

Monday, 11 May 2015

Emma On Stage - Dublin

Not to be missed - a chance to see Austen's novel 'Emma' performed live on stage in this its bicentenary year. Only this week, at the Mill Theatre, Dundrum, Dublin.
 13th May - 16th May
Show time: 
 Weds: €12 Thurs-Sat: €16/€14

Emma Woodhouse is Jane Austen's most maddening, endearing heroine. Clever and effervescent, young Emma is also a bit too accustomed to having her own way, although only her friend Mr. Knightley seems to notice. 200 years after its publication, Emma continues to delight, both as a coming-of-age tale and a lively satire of Austen's elegant and quirky characters. This sparkling adaptation features a spectacle of Regency dance, revelry, and romance that will welcome audiences into Austen's witty, captivating world. Directed by Brian Molloy.

JASI members have been offered a concession ticket price, so please get in touch if you are a member and would like to attend this production. 

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

McCalling all Austen Fans!

The lovely people at the International Literature Festival Dublin, have once again agreed to offer JASI members a concession price for their Alexander McCall Smith talk on Thursday 21st May at 8pm in The Main Space, Smock Alley, Dublin.

 His adaptation of 'Emma' has just been published in paperback, so I know that many of you will be keen to hear him speak and attend the book-signing afterwards. Here is the blurb: 'It’s 15 years since The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency introduced the world to Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s leading (in fact, only) female PI.

Since then her creator, Alexander McCall Smith, has become one of the UK’s best-loved authors, selling over 20 million books, launching several successful new series (including Scotland Street), and becoming perhaps the second most famous resident of Edinburgh’s New Town (where JK Rowling also lives). In this special event, McCall Smith comes to Dublin to talk about the characters and themes that have won him millions of readers all over the world.' Tickets cost €12 but for JASI members are €10.

You will find the concession code on the most recent issue of The Austen Gazette.  Enjoy!