Enjoy the wonderful world of literature through talks, travels and books by Susannah Fullerton, Sydney’s best-known literary lecturer.
Susannah brings to life the lives and writings of great writers in her fascinating round of unique video talks, entertaining Zoom and live talks, popular books and Literary Readers’ Guides. She is Australia’s most requested leader of literary tours to the UK, Italy, Ireland, USA and Europe.
Having built a stellar career as a lecturer giving talks about famous writers, Susannah always presents in a unique style. Immensely entertaining, yet truly informative, you’ll just love listening to her talk about her favourite writers. In fact, you’d swear she knew them personally!
Susannah’s videos, books, reader’s guides, and world-wide tours are in constant demand and a testament to her great literary knowledge.
Susannah Fullerton is the complete package! She is articulate, competent, knowledgeable, entertaining, versatile and a born storyteller who excels in bringing literature alive. Sit back, relax, learn and be entertained.”
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New South Wales does not have a good record when it comes to the homes of famous writers. Houses where authors have lived have been sold, changed, or even left to fall into ruin. However, one remarkable Sydney couple are set to change all that.
Before purchasing Woodlands at Killara, the present owners had no idea the house was where one of Australia’s most famous children’s authors wrote her most successful novels.
These generous and far-sighted Australians are doing something really wonderful to mark Ethel Turner’s achievement and honour a book that has never been out of print. Seven Little Australians is a great Australian classic, a book that speaks to all ages and to people from many different backgrounds. I am honoured to be connected with this project.
Travel is a wonderfully enriching experience, but sadly it’s just a little difficult right now. Isn’t it fortunate that we can still travel through books!
Come with me around the world to learn about the remarkable men and women who broke new literary ground, see the landscapes that inspired them, and discover how fiction can be intimately connected to a sense of place. No passports required, no long flights to endure or hotels to find, no currency to exchange – just the luxury of visiting interesting and exotic locations via superb literature.
Once a month we’ll spend an hour or so Zoom travelling to an important literary destination somewhere in the world. Join me for afternoon tea on a Sunday, while I tell you all about one of my favourite books. I’ll explore the life of the writer, explain the book’s themes, characters and the motivation in publishing the work. There’ll be time for you to ask questions and we can chat about it together.
See how you can join this ‘tour’, no matter where in the world you live.
Oh, Susannah, thank you, thank you! What a marvellous tour! You hit so many of my favourites and introduced me to ones I’ve missed. Watching your video led me to make my own list.”
Every one of Susannah’s literary talks is a real treat! Now they are on video to enjoy any time, anywhere.
You’ll experience her entertaining lecture style illustrated with lots of informative images. Hear about a classic book and the life of the person who wrote it, or take a tour to important literary locations around the world. Whatever you choose, you are guaranteed an entertaining experience.
Susannah breathes life into great authors’ lives. Her talks both instruct and entertain. After listening to a Susannah talk, you’ll feel that she actually knew the author personally. Her meticulously researched and enthusiastic presentations bring her subjects vividly alive.
You can now join Susannah in an exciting armchair journey and get to know the classics and the amazing men and women who wrote them.
These video talks are just fantastic, Susannah. I was so entertained and learned a huge amount. I think my favourite was Trollope, but they were all wonderful. Please keep them coming – more and more!”
Each month Susannah features a Book of the Month. She selects a favourite title and studies it in depth in her Literary Readers’ Guides. Each guide reveals intriguing stories about the author, investigates the style and themes of the work, analyses the characters, lists film versions, suggests further reading and challenges you with thoughtful insights.
Anybody could sit down and read the list of books Susannah has supplied. But it’s not so easy to learn about how the author came to write the book. Susannah helps you analyse the themes, consider the various characters and their motivations, and gives you links for further explorations. She guarantees that, after following her guides, you will have a far richer understanding of these fabulous classics than you ever would have done by just reading them on your own.
All the books this year have been a joy. Your reading list has made me concentrate on good, solid storytelling – such a joy for people who don’t enjoy chic lit. I love stories which make me want to read them again.”
An expert on Jane Austen’s writing, Susannah’s works include: Jane Austen and Crime, (the first ever study of crimes such as duelling, poaching, gambling, theft and even murder in Austen’s writing), A Dance with Jane Austen (experience all the stages of attending a Regency Ball) and Happily Ever After: Celebrating Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (an intelligent and generous companion guide to this enduring novel).
In Brief Encounters: Literary Travellers in Australia, you will follow the footsteps of several famous writers to discover what they did and thought when they arrived on the antipodean continent. An audio CD, Finding Katherine Mansfield is the first audiobook about New Zealand’s great short story writer.
A superb book, packed with revelations, insights and wonderful stories. I could not put it down.”
Susannah’s talks give her audience the experience that she actually knows an author personally. Her meticulously researched presentations vividly describe the life and times of an era to bring her subjects alive. People come along who just want to learn more about great literature.
Susannah breathes life into great literature and an author’s life. Her talks are partly to instruct, but also to entertain, so she tells people all the juicy details about the life of the writer and how a particular incident in their lives might have affected what they wrote. Dramatic readings from the novels add authenticity and she includes biographies or critical works to read if people wish to explore that writer further.
An extremely able, informed and entertaining lecturer who has perfected a balance between visual aids and the spoken word.”
I must tell you that at our branch of ADFAS you were voted best lecture for 2019!”
In her free monthly newsletter, Notes from A Book Addict, Susannah shares all that she loves about literature at the moment. You’ll hear about important anniversaries, receive book recommendations, discover the magic of a poem every month, find out about films and TV programmes based on classic works, and much more.
Thank you, once again, Susannah for the pleasure of your literary passion and great knowledge.”
A literary tour brings together very special people – people who read, who delight in the power of words, who have rich imaginations, who love history and who have a sense of adventure. Susannah has been leading literary tours since 2000. Her tours include world-wide destinations to interest anyone who loves literature.
Visiting places connected with literature brings the excitement of recognizing homes and landscapes long familiar to the imagination, of connecting loved novels and poems with the lives and environments of the authors and seeing firsthand the countryside they described.
An ASA Literary Tour led by Susannah includes visiting writers’ homes, seeing original manuscripts, attending theatre performances, browsing museums, and much more. In gardens, ruins, castles, villages, churches and graveyards you will discover the effect of the environment on a writer and investigate the role played by a sense of place in literary creation.
Susannah, through her great knowledge, enthusiasm and love of literature made this tour something quite special. Being immersed in the places, the history, and the life experiences that led to some of the greatest literature of our time was a joy and an experience that will stay with me forever.”
Susannah Fullerton, OAM, FRSN, is a popular literary lecturer, author and tour leader. She brings to life the lives and writings of great writers in her fascinating round of entertaining talks, popular books and unique Literary Readers’ Guides. She is Australia’s most requested leader of literary tours to UK, Italy, Ireland, USA and Europe.
Susannah is a leading authority on 19th and 20th century writers with a special interest in Jane Austen and has been president of the Jane Austen Society of Australia for over 20 years.
Please feel free to contact Susannah to book a speaking engagement for your next function, to learn more about the Jane Austen Society of Australia, to receive Notes From A Book Addict, to go on a tour with her, to purchase a book or Literary Readers’ Guide or simply if you just need help with something. She’d love to hear from you.
Thanks, Susannah, for your lovely newsletter, it just gets better and better each time! I’ve read it all and clicked on every link. I recommend it to all my literature-crazy friends and look forward to the next and the next and the next.”