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:

Next meetings are March 2, April 13 (Jane Austen Day), May 11 and June 15.

MARCH 2:  “Presenting Fanny Palmer:  Jane Austen’s Transatlantic Sister” is the title of the presentation of our March guest speaker, author Sheila Johnson Kindred. Charles Austen’s wife Fanny Palmer led an extraordinary existence as the wife of a naval officer which included raising her children aboard a working ship. This genteel young woman, born in Bermuda, married Jane’s brother at the age of 18 and soon embarked on a number of adventurous years on the high seas. There seems to have been a distinct possibility that Jane, who enjoyed an amicable relationship with her sister-in-law, was channelling Fanny when she described some of her navy-connected 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.