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Following our first successful Austen Con, we will be back! Watch this space.

We held a whole day of Jane Austen and Regency-era and related events and activities, to celebrate lots of different aspects of Jane Austen's work and our appreciation of it.

Look at the program from the 2018 event below. For photos, see Instagram @austencon.


Activities

A wide range of activities are on offer as part of AustenCon, with something to suit every taste. The below activities require advance registration to ensure that we can provide you with the materials.

ETIQUETTE CLASS & HIGH TEA - SOLD OUT

MAKING A RETICULE

WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

MAKING MITTS

FASHION SHOW PARTICIPANT


All Day

  • Rolling Activities including games, colouring pages and Youtube clips

9.30 am - 10.30 am

  • Prepare to Host the Austens for Dinner

Presented by Gillian Polack

  • Accuracy or Good Enough: The Regency Silhouette

Presented by Dai Sanders

10.00 am - 11.30 am

  • Etiquette class and high tea - SOLD OUT

Presented by Jacinta Scadden


10.30 am - 12.30 pm

  • Making a Reticule hands-on craft activity

Presented by Kelly Lock

11.00 am - 12.00 am

  • Regency Writing Workshop

Presented by Alison Goodman

  • First Postmodernist novel with a healthy dash of protofeminism - Northanger Abbey

Presented by Dr Karen Lynch

12.30 pm - 1.30 pm

  • Panel Discussion: Write like Jane

Featuring Dr Kelly Gardiner, Alison Goodman, Gillian Polack, Shalini Akhil, Roz Bellamy, Sheila Ngoc Pham and Matilda Dixon-Smith. Moderated by Sharmini Kumar

1.30 pm - 3.00 pm

  • Watercolour Painting Class

Presented by Pearl Taylor

2.oo pm - 3.00 pm

  • Delighting us some more: Mary Bennet has her day in some recent novels

Presented by Kylie Mirmohamadi

2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

  • Making Mitts hands-on craft activity

Presented by Kelly Lock

2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

  • Dancing Class

Presented by George Ansell

3.00 pm - 4.00 pm

  • Panel Discussion: Austen Heroes

Featuring Team Bertram (Jacinta Scadden), Team Knightley (DL Turnbull), Team Wentworth (Dr Karen Lynch), Team Tilney (Kylie Mirmohamadi) and Team Ferrars (Matilda Dixon-Smith). Moderated by Team Darcy (Sharmini Kumar)

4.00 pm - 5.00 pm

  • Fashion show

Hosted by Fiona Crombie, open to any participant. Prizes for: Most elaborate, Most interesting mashup, and Most creative approach.


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