12-14 April 2019

Jane Austen Festival Australia is an annual celebration in Canberra where Austen and Napoleonic fans from all over Australia come and indulge themselves in everything Regency - including dancing, music, food, games, archery, fencing, theatre, promenades, grand balls, talks, workshops, costumes and books. This festival is now a regular part of the ACT Heritage Festival, Australian Heritage Week and is supported by the ACT Government, the Australian Costumers Guild and the Earthly Delights Historic Dance Academy. Since its inception in 2008 this little festival has blossomed into one of the most delightful four days anyone could experience each April in an old and beautiful part of Canberra, the Federal capital of Australia.

Regency Serial

Hi, I’m Alison Goodman, author of four novels and first time JAFA participant. Welcome to the Regency serial, Trust and Tribulation, which I am writing for the Jane Austen Festival blog. The serial will be posted every Monday for ten weeks and will follow the adventures of Anthea Stanwell as she and her sister prepare for a visit to “County Canberra” and the Garden-Gardiners ball!
The story will culminate in a competition to write the final instalment of the serial. The competition will only be open to season ticket holders of JAFA – full and concession – and will be judged by me (decision will be final). The last instalment of the serial that I will write will be on March 19, so that will give contestants over two weeks to complete their entries. I will be looking for an entertaining, inventive, well-written, (and reasonably logical) finale to the serial. You can find the conditions of entry at the end of this first instalment.
The prize will be a signed hardcover set of my award winning fantasy novels, EON and EONA, a DVD set of the 1995 BBC Pride and Prejudice (Restored edition), both donated by me, plus a 2013 JAFA season ticket (festival only; travel and accommodation not included), donated by JAFA.
The winning entry will be announced at the JAFA Friday Regency Variety Night and, if the winner is agreeable, will also be read out by me to the audience. The winning entry will be posted on the JAFA blog. Please note that by entering the competition, you have agreed to have your writing posted on the JAFA blog, should you win.
Along the way, I will also be posting some writing tips on this blog to help you hone your story writing skills.
So, welcome to the adventures of Anthea Stanwell. Prepare to have fun and maybe find some inspiration to release your own inner Jane Austen or Georgette Heyer!

Chapter 1 -  Wherein the Stanwell ladies receive a letter
Chapter 2 -  An enlightening evening of entertainment
Chapter 3 -  Frank discussions and fashion
Chapter 4 -  Confusions and Fond Farewells
Chapter 5 -  Lakeside!
Chapter 6 -  Early Troubles and Late Arrivals
Chapter 7 -  Accomplishments
Chapter 8 -  A Song, a Ride and a Revelation
Chapter 9 -  Hope & Heartbreak
Chapter 10 - Before the Ball
Final Chapter - Friday 13 April at Jane Austen Festival Australia

Competition Conditions of Entry
The competition is only open to season tickets holders of 2012 JAFA (full and concession).
All entries to be:
· maximum of 2,500 words.
· due by 5pm Thursday 5th April, 2012. Unfortunately no late entries will be accepted.
· typed, double-spaced and in either Word or RTF format. Also, I will be judging the entries without names attached in the interest of impartiality, so please include a cover sheet with the title of your “chapter”, yourname and your contact number on it. Please also label each page of your actual entry with only your chapter title so that I can, at the end of judging,finally match up cover sheet to story. Remember to include page numbers too!
· emailed to info@alisongoodman.com.au

A bit more About Alison:

Alison Goodman is the author of EON and EONA, a New York Times Bestselling fantasy duology which has sold into 17 countries and been translated into ten languages. EON was shortlisted for Victorian, NSW, and WA Premier’s Literary awards, and won the 2008 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel. Alison’s other novels are the award-winning Singing the Dogstar Blues, and her crime novel Killing the Rabbit which was shortlisted for the 2007 Davitt Award. She lives in Melbourne with her husband and their Machiavellian Jack Russell Terrier, and is currently working on a new series.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What fun! But how mean to leave us with just a glimpse of Commander Hayden!I can wait for the next episode; I'm looking forward to seeing how Anthea and Lily outshine those (obviously) horrid heiresses!