Saturday, 7 February 2015

Chapterhouse Open-Air Theatre Productions, Summer 2015

Chapterhouse Open-Air Theatre Productions is returning to Ireland with an adaptation of  'Pride and Prejudice', which tours the length and breath of the country.  Now you will have no excuse not to go!  Our members had so much fun over the last couple of years, enjoying Austen out of doors, that we urge you to gather together friends and family, young and old, to experience this sensual delight.

Remember, JASI members usually can secure tickets at a reduced rate, so get in touch with us closer to the time, before booking, to obtain a discount booking code.   In the meantime, get your hands on a nice picnic basket and fancy wellies... so you will be ready for all eventualities.  See below for details
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Saturday, 24 January 2015

Irish Jane Austen Fans Step Out in Style

What fun we had at our JASI Winter Event at The Law Society, Dublin.  In case some of you missed it, here is a little photographic summary of the day that we had.

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Thursday, 1 January 2015

2015 - The Year of 'Emma'

Before she began the novel, Austen wrote of Emma, "I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like.'  That was two hundred years ago and since then, the novel has become one of Austen's most popular.  
This year is the bicentenary of the publication of the book, and we will be remembering Emma, and following our heroine as she comes to face the fact that she is not the masterful match-maker that she thinks herself to be.  We will see her make a fool of herself over Frank Churchill, and worst of all, we will see her belittle the harmless Miss Bates in front of friends  - badly done Emma!

Of course there is the hypochondriac father to enjoy, along with the self-confirmed, old bachelor, Mr Knightley, who needs an opinionated beauty to shake him up a little.  Let us not forget the despicable Mr Elton, whom we love to hate, nor the horrid Mrs Elton, whose desire to turn the elegant Jane Fairfax into a common governess, would not be out of place in a Bronte novel. 

So here's to 2015 - The Year of Emma.  I have a feeling it is going to be a great one!
Michelle Burrowes
JASI President.   

Monday, 15 December 2014

Remembering Jane on her Birthday...

In the  early hours of Saturday December 16th 1775 Jane Austen was born, in the Rectory at Steventon,  Hampshire. At the time, the village of Steventon was little more than a row of cottages , while the important families of the neighbourhood lived at some distance on their various estates.  On one side of a lane stood a spacious barn, and on the other, surrounded by meadows sprinkled with elm and chestnut trees, was the Rectory. The house had a narrow roof, square sashed windows and a trellised porch. 

At the back, a bow window, belonging to Rev. George Austen's study, looked out on to a garden. There was a home farm also, where Mrs. Austen's dairy was supplied by five Alderney cows. Mrs. Austen supervised the walled gardens on the south side of the rectory and was a "surrogate mother" to the young boys who stayed in the Rectory while Rev. Austen  prepared them for entry to Oxford colleges.

Life in the Rectory , though certainly  busy, was pleasant for a large party of children. The Austens , though very lively, were unusually good tempered. When the weather was good, the walks about Steventon were very beautiful; the lanes were full of primroses and violets in Spring and the neighbourhood had the beauty of Hampshire woodland.It is not surprising that Jane Austen wrote, many years afterwards, that she thought beauty of landscape must be one of the joys of Heaven. Jane was happiest living in the  countryside of Hampshire. The fact that there are no completed novels from her time in Bath has often been regarded as proof that she was not happy there. While this will  remain a matter of speculation, there is no doubt that she was happiest in her beloved Hampshire- in her birthplace of Steventon or in her last home in Chawton.

What a tragedy that her life in Hampshire should have been so very short.

by Eileen Collins

Friday, 3 October 2014

The World of Jane Austen - November JASI Event


It is that time of year again fellow Janeites - time for our big, annual event, and what a fine time we have in store for you.  Our theme this year is 'The World of Jane Austen'.
*  2:30 - 3:00 pm We will begin with a short AGM (agenda to follow) for those who wish to attend, followed by the day's main events: 
*  3:00 - 3:45 pm  A lecture on Georgian Dublin, given by Dr Mark Hennessy, from Trinity College, Dublin.
3:45 - 4:15 pm Afternoon tea.     
*  4:15 - 5:00 pm  Presentation and talk from the Irish Historical Costumers on Regency Fashion (With live models).
*  5:00 - 5:30 pm How to dance a quadrille  demonstration - and a chance to participate for the less bashful amongst us.
*  5:30 - 6:00 pm  Conversations in the bar - A chance to compare notes with your fellow JASI members and become properly acquainted.  
There will also be performances by talented musicians from the Royal Academy of Music along the way. Silhouette artist, Woodcock and Griffin will be available to make portraits of attendees. There is a bar open all day and there will be many opportunities to chat with fellow Janeites, in elegant comfort, about what makes our favourite author so special. All this and in the beautiful surrounds of the Law Society, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7, built just two years before Austen was born.
 Tickets are €10 for members, €12.50 for guests.
Please email us, or use the contact form on the side, if you wish to attend.  Tickets are limited and priority is given to JASI members