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In celebration of Jane Austen’s 245th birthday, Chawton House takes a fresh look at her unfinished novel The Watsons in a series of online events.

3-3.30pm Introduction: Professor Michelle Levy, Unfinishing The Watsons

Dating from around 1804, a decade after the completion of her juvenilia and eight years before the publication of her first novel in 1811, The Watsons is Jane Austen’s only lengthy piece of writing that she deliberately left unfinished (even when she had an ending in mind). This talk will explore Austen’s incompletion of The Watsons.

6.30pm-8pm Continuing The Watsons: A Conversation with Rose Servitova

Emma Watson returns to her family home after fourteen years with her wealthy and indulgent aunt. Soon, she finds herself navigating a world of unfamiliar social mores, making missteps that could affect the rest of her life. How can she make amends for the wrongs she is seen to have committed without betraying her own sense of what is right?

In this online conversation, followed by a live Zoom Q&A, award-winning Irish author, Rose Servitova discusses her continuation of Austen's work.

Between these talks, two meetings of the Chawton House reading group will take place, and we will also broadcast our Christmas message at 6.15pm on our YouTube channel.

Ticket price includes access to both talks and a downloadable copy of the latest Female Spectator. Ticket holders will be emailed links to access the talks, Q&A, and magazine download on the morning of the event. Talks will premier on YouTube at the specified times but will be available to watch for those with links afterwards.

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