SPECIAL OFFER: Free Virtual Lecture (booking fee applies)
Join Susannah Fullerton as she presents her lecture Saving Jane Austen's house and why we visit the homes of writers (54 minutes). This lecture is available to view anytime until 31 December 2020. Details to access the lecture will be provided on your ticket.
Let Susannah Fullerton introduce you to a remarkable woman - Dorothy Darnell. When Jane Austen's Chawton home was close to derelict, she made sure it was saved for the nation. Hear her amazing story of determination and courage and find out just how this important house came to be turned into a literary museum.
This lecture also explores the question: why do people like to visit the homes of famous writers? What do we expect from such a visit, what do we want to learn while there, how should items be displayed and what is appropriate for display? Susannah discusses these issues and look at examples of famous writers' homes around the world. Please join me in this journey into the fascinating world of writers' house museums, and into Jane Austen's Chawton home in particular
Susannah Fullerton has been the President of the Jane Austen Society of Australia for more than twenty years. She has written several books about Jane Austen and has lectured about her favourite novelist around Australia and overseas. She received an OAM for services to literature and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW. Susannah is also the Patron of the Kipling Society of Australia. She leads literary tours to the UK, Europe, NZ and the USA, and she sends out a popular and free monthly blog, ‘Notes from a Book Addict’ which you can sign up for on her website. Susannah is one of ADFAS’s most popular Australia lecturers and she offers a wide range of talks about famous writers and their works.
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