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What Matters in Jane Austen?

The Northern Branch of the Jane Austen Society presents What Matters in Jane Austen?: a talk by the author, Professor John Mullen.

Professor John Mullen is a renowned speaker, an academic, broadcaster and journalist, being both funny and erudite. His style enables him to talk directly to both the avid reader and those new to her work with his use of wit and a light touch.

Meetings usually take place in York, but when Hull was announced as City of Culture the branch knew they wanted to be part of it. Especially as 2017 is also the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death.

The evening will also include entertainment with regency dancers and refreshments from Café Trinity.

About the Northern branch

The Northern branch started 18 years ago as a result of northern-based members of the Jane Austen society missing out on talks, strawberry teas and opportunities to discuss Austen and her writing, with events predominately taking place in Hampshire and Kent, reflecting Austen's life story. The Branch now has a membership getting on for 200, from places as far apart as Gateshead, Cumbria, Chesterfield and Cheshire.


The branch hosts 5-6 meetings a year including lectures from respected Austen scholars, summer outings to houses and gardens of the relevant period, costume and social history presentations, study days in which we investigate Austen's novels in depth, and events such as a Regency-menu lunch or a weekend away looking at Newcastle's Georgian heritage. And we have fun while learning a lot.

Membership includes three copies of our Branch magazine and reduced prices on tickets for events. Membership costs £5, the same price as we originally set in 1999.