Jane Austen in the Autumn Walk and Workshop: Persuasion

Join us for a mindful, nature-focused walk through the autumn countryside, before returning to Jane Austen's House for an inspiring poetry workshop led by award winning poet Ellora Sutton

Saturday 9 October
10:00am — 12:30pm

Her pleasure in the walk must arise from the exercise and the day, from the view of the last smiles of the year upon the tawny leaves, and withered hedges, and from repeating to herself some few of the thousand poetical descriptions extant of autumn, that season of peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of taste and tenderness, that season which had drawn from every poet, worthy of being read, some attempt at description, or some lines of feeling. 



Join us for a relaxed ramble through the beautiful Hampshire countryside that Jane Austen knew and loved, a delightful discussion about everything Austen, with a particular focus on Persuasion, and an inspiring poetry workshop led by award-winning poet Ellora Sutton.

The walk will take us through woodland near to Chawton which Jane Austen would have known. As autumn draws in, we’ll revel in the beauty of the falling leaves and the turning of the seasons.

Returning to the House, we’ll settle down with a cup of tea to enjoy a relaxed poetry workshop inspired by Jane Austen’s beautiful, autumnal novel Persuasion. We’ll think about everything we’ve seen, heard and smelt on our walk, and bring it into our writing. Together, we’ll look at the ancient Japanese form of the haiku, and consider how we can incorporate Jane’s writing into our own poetry as we look for nature in the everyday.

Suitable for adults of all abilities.


Date: Saturday 9 October

Time: 10am – 12.30pm (British Summertime)

Location: Jane Austen’s House, Chawton (directions)

Tickets: £25


The guided walk will depart from Jane Austen’s House at 10am promptly. Please make sure you arrive in good time to join the group.

The walk is suitable for all abilities, but please wear sturdy, sensible footwear and bring a bottle of water and sun cream or an umbrella – depending on the weather!

Please note, this event ticket does not include access to Jane Austen’s House. If you wish to visit the House after the writing workshop, please ensure that you book tickets separately.

This event is part of Creative Footsteps, a Nature and Literary Festival celebrating local literary greats and their love of the East Hampshire countryside. Follow in the footsteps of author Jane Austen, our first ecologist and naturalist Gilbert White, the wartime poet Edward Thomas and more. You can enjoy short guided nature walks, writing and poetry workshops, garden tours, trails, Yoga and more.