Program of Events


Registration is at 10:15 a.m. at St. Phillip’s Anglican Church Fireside Room, 3737 West 27th Ave., Vancouver, B.C.

Meetings get underway at 10:30. Meeting fee is $5.00.

2018 season:

Dec. 15: We gathered  to enjoy a little merrymaking and a special luncheon featuring a Holiday Ham with all the trimmings and to raise a toast to celebrate dear Jane’s birthday!

One of our region’s most popular guest speakers, Fashion Historian Ivan Sayers, delighted members with an overview of the popular fashions of the Regency Period. Take a look at some photos on our News and Notes page.


The first meeting of 2019 will take place Feb. 9, followed by  March 2, April 13 (Jane Austen Day), May 11 and June 15.

FEB. 9:  Guest speaker Spencer W. Stuart, Book Historian and Collections Advisor, presents “Now or Never:  The Origins and Influences of the Kilmarnock Burns.”

In July,1786, Robert Burns’ Poems:  Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect” was published. The attention the work garnered for the 27-year-old  ‘Heaven-Taught Ploughman’ was immediate, catapulting him the into the Edinburgh literati. Soon the work brought world-wide acclaim and readers clamoured for more. Mr. Stuart will discuss Burns’ meteoric rise and the publishing of the early editions of his work known as the “Kilmarnock Burns and Edinburgh Editions.” He will also explore the fascinating connections between Burns’ voice and the rise of Scottish national identity which transformed him into an avatar of Scottishness which continues into the modern day.

Mr. Stuart received a master’s degree in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute in London, England. He then took a position with Bonhams Auction House where he worked closely with the North American Rare Books and Manuscripts department in New York and Toronto. He received the Director’s award from the Courtauld and the Directors’  Scholarship from the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia in the U.S. He has a collections management service based in Vancouver.

MARCH 2:  “Presenting Fanny Palmer:  Jane Austen’s Transatlantic Sister” is the title of a presentation from our March guest speaker, author Sheila Johnson Kindred. Charles Austen’s wife Fanny Palmer led an extraordinary life as the wife of a naval officer who also raised her children aboard a working ship. This genteel young woman, born in Bermuda, met Jane’s brother Charles Austen and married him at the age of 18. Thus began a life of great adventure on the high seas. In fact, her sister-in-law Jane, with whom she had an amicable relationship, seems to have been influenced by Fanny when she described several female characters in “Persuasion.”

Ms. Kindred, a resident of Halifax, attended Western University and the University of Toronto. She taught in the Philosophy Department of Saint Mary’s University and has given many talks throughout Canada. She is both a member of JASNA and the Jane Austen Society of the UK and recently spoke at the AGM in Kansas City. Her book won the John Lyman Book Award for Naval and Maritime Biography.