We aim to promote the work of the writer Frances Burney (1752-1840) her family and wider circle. We are a literary Society based in the UK but membership is open to anyone with an interest in the Burney family and their work. Members receive quarterly newsletters, back editions of which are available via the menu above. We have a close connection to the North American Burney Society and the Burney Centre at McGill University, Montreal. Our members also receive their Burney Letter and Burney Journal.


2021- 2022 Burney Society UK Research Bursary

 We are pleased to announce our 2021 – 2022 Research Bursary of £300 plus Burney Society UK Membership 2021-2022. The application deadline is 30th April 2021. The winner will be announced in June 2021 and the successful candidate will be expected to complete their research by mid-September and present their research paper at the AGM in late September 2022. For further details and downloadable application form please see Bursary page of this website. 


Adventurous Wives Conference hosted by Chawton House 14-15 May 2021

Call for Papers deadline 1 March 2021

Flyer, contact information and CfP Link 

For further information please see CfP Link

and for future updates follow Twitter @ AdventurousWivI


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 Burney Society UK Proposed Events 2021

Weymouth Trip planned for June 2021 – more information soon 
2020 Postponed Visit to St Paul’s Church, Deptford – hopefully late summer 2021.
Further information and dates will be provided here as soon as available.
Background to proposed trips:
Weymouth – Frances Burney visited Weymouth with the court of George III. 
St. Paul’s Church, Deptford where Charles Burney Jn. (1757 – 1817) was rector and is buried. This will be a free event and all members and guests are welcome. The proposed itinerary for this postponed event will include a talk on Charles Burney Jn. by Sophie Coulombeau, an organ recital featuring music composed by Dr Charles Burney and a tour of this Grade I listed Church by the pastor, Fr. Paul Butler. This will be followed by a light tea in the crypt.  There is no charge but donations to the church are welcome.
Burney Society UK 2022 Conference

We are planning a conference in London for June 2022 to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the unveiling of the Frances Burney window in Westminster Abbey. Further details will be provided here nearer to the event. 

Postponed Montreal Conference (originally July 2020) will now be held online between 5 – 9 July 2021. 
Further details will be provided here as soon as we have more information. 
Previous Burney related events: 
Livestream Reading of Frances Burney’s The Woman Hater  on Monday 25 January 2021 at 7.30pm EDT (New York) (0.30 am Tuesday 26 January in UK)  For details and tickets  https://www.redbulltheater.com/the-woman-hater

You may also be interested in the accompanying ‘Bull Session’ on The Woman Hater on Thursday, 28 January 2021, 7:30 PM EST LIVESTREAM. An interactive discussion of the play and its themes with director, Everett Quinton, scholar Tara K. Menon, and members of the company. https://www.redbulltheater.com/bull-session-the-woman-hater

2020 Burney Society UK AGM was held online via Zoom on 3rd October 2020 at 14:00 UK time. AGM Draft Minutes and the Amended Constitution are available on the Annual General Meeting page.

Sian Ejiwunmi-Le Berre gave an excellent talk after the AGM. Sian has kindly allowed us to upload the text of the talk, in addition to the Studio script of her play ‘When Fanny met Germaine’ on our AGM page. 

23 November 2019 Professor Francesca Saggini Talk ‘Below and Beyond. On Re-Reading Burney’s Biographies’. Women’s Sudies Group 1558- 1837 Seminar Series at The Foundling Museum.
5 November 2019 Dr Deborah Jones Talk ‘The Brilliant Burneys’ For an online interview related to this talk please see link: https://www.yourvalleynews.co.uk/featured/the-brilliant-burneys-stars-of-the-18th-century/
13th October 2019 Professor Jocelyn Harris: ‘Satire, Celebrity and Politics in Jane Austen’ at Chawton House, sponsored by The Burney Society UK 
30 July – 1 August 2019 Conference of the Burney Society (UK) Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, organised by Dr. Cassie Ulph. See Conference page. 
29 July 2019 AGM held after conference See AGM page