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  • “We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.”

    Jane Austen, Mansfield Park, published 1814

  • Jane Austen Short Story Award 2014

    Entry for this award is now closed. The exciting news, for the moment, is that the award has proved to be as popular as ever - attracting a significant number of entries from all over the world – so, it’s a big thank you to everyone who entered. A list of those who have made it through to the second stage of the competition – the ‘Long List’ – will be posted on this website on April 25th

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    Chawton House Library has historic rooms with modern facilities available for  weddings, venue hire, and filming. Chawton House Library

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  • Upcoming Lectures

    Our 2014 lecture programme begins on 3rd April with an evening talk by Dr Kerri Andrews on Ann Yearsley, the ‘Bristol Milkwoman’. This is followed on 15th May with an evening talk by Dr Christine Kenyon Jones on Byron and Jane Austen and their publisher, John Murray.