Gillian Dooley is the Special Collection Librarian at Flinders University, Adelaide, who also has a passionate interest in music, particularly the music of Jane Austen’s time. With her beautiful singing voice and keyboard skills she has performed in Australia and the UK.

Mostly Books is an independent book store in Adelaide started in the 1970s and continues as an important community resource with knowledgeable staff, who host numerous book clubs, writing groups, knitting groups and events.

Helen Halstead is an Adelaide author who has written a Pride and Prejudice sequel, titled A Private Performance (published as Mr Darcy Presents his Bride in the US). Her second Regency novel, The Imaginary Gentleman, is a mystery romance set in Lyme.

The Jane Austen Society of Adelaide is my local group, where I have enjoyed friendship and many discussions on the Regency Era and Jane’s life.

The Jane Austen Society of Australia Inc - My membership brings newsletters and the Annual Report with informative papers and I look forward to attending one of their conferences one day.

The Jane Austen Festival in Canberra is an annual celebration of Regency life. Participants come from all over Australia to enjoy costumes, music and dancing as well as many interesting talks and workshops.

Austen Prose is my favourite site as it has such informative articles and reviews on a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books about both the  Regency era and modern Austen sequels.

The Jane Austen Society of North America always has informative newsletters and the impressive Annual Conference report Persuasions is full of so many interesting papers.

The Jane Austen Society of the United Kingdom includes information about the society as well as the many regional groups across the UK.  Before a recent trip to the UK, I used their events page to book into a very interesting London conference.

Jane Austen House Museum at Chawton

Jane Austen House Museum at Chawton

I never thought I would ever have the chance to visit England and see where some of my most loved authors came from. With a daughter now having made England her home, I have been able to travel there every few years and below are some of my favourite places in the UK.

Jane Austen House Museum at Chawton was the home of Jane Austen from 1809 until her illness in 1817. This house in Chawton draws her fans from across the world. 

Jane Austen Centre Bath is another magnet for Jane Austen fans to obtain information about Jane and Regency Bath as well as a source of books, gifts and other merchandise. 

(One day I am going to walk the same route that Catherine Morland and the Tilneys walked to the top of Beechen Cliff!)

The Vyne, near Basingstoke, was home to the Chute family and linked to Jane Austen as her brother James was their vicar.  Visitors can walk in the grounds and see parts of the house that are open to the public. My favourite room was the former Orangerie because of its various uses reflecting social change over the years.


I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.
— Pride and Prejudice