Friday, September 16, 2011

A Regency Celebration Day with the RNA

Do you love Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer? Do you wish you knew how to play Loo or dance a daring waltz?

Then this event is perfect for you: A Regency Celebration Day, hosted by the Romantic Novelists Association, with a varied list of activities for everyone to enjoy.
The RNA will be holding a Regency Celebration on Saturday 8 October 2011 between 9.00am-6.00pm at the Royal Overseas League, Park Place, off St James’s Street, London SW1A 1LR (near Green Park tube station).

This event will be a celebration of Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer and the books they have influenced.  It coincides with the launch of a new biography of Georgette Heyer, written by Dr Jennifer Kloester, and 2011 also happens to be the bi-centenary of the publication of Jane Austen’s “Sense & Sensibility” – both perfect excuses for a Regency themed day!

The day will be a mixture of serious talks and more frivolous activities, and will include the following:-
Georgette Heyer, Her Life and Writing – Talk by Dr Jennifer Kloester
Sense & Sensibility: The Things You Didn’t Know – Talk by Amanda Grange
Austen & Heyer – Were they better than they thought they were?  Panel discussion
The Celestial Bed: Sex and the Georgians – Talk and panel discussion
Regency Scents: Odours and Malodours – Louise Allen and Christina Courtenay “sniff-and-tell”
Regency Clothing - Jane Walton demonstrates the fashions of the day
Regency Dancing – Mr and Mrs Ellis Rogers take us through the steps
Parlour Games – Learn how to play Whist, Piquet, Vingt et Un or Loo
Regency Walk – Guided tour of St James’s
Afternoon Tea **

(**  Please note, on a first come first served basis, fifty delegates will be able to attend a special afternoon tea at the East India Club in the room where the Prince Regent was given the news of the battle of Waterloo.  For everyone else, there will be afternoon tea at the Royal Overseas League.)

Throughout the day, there will be a book stall and author signings, as well as a chance to chat to authors of historical romance.  There will also be a competition and a quiz, with prizes donated by the authors.

The price for the day, including a sandwich lunch, tea and coffee, is only £55 (although for those of you wanting to attend the Waterloo Tea there is an extra charge of £18).  At lunchtime, there will also be a cash bar available for extra drinks.

It all promises to be a wonderful day, so please spread the word!

If you’d like to join us, please fill out the booking form on our site.  If you have any queries, please e-mail Pia Fenton at pia.fenton AT and you can join us on Facebook on the events page “A Regency Celebration” for regular updates. Authors – please contact Pia for a copy of our Authors’ Information Sheet.

1 comment:

Poetry Pleases! said...

Dear Jane

I'll tell Rusty!

Best wishes from Simon