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.