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The number of flags is a guide to the degree of difficulty of ASA tours relative to each other (not to those of other tour companies). It is neither absolute nor literal. One flag is given to the least taxing tours, seven to the most. Flags are allocated, above all, according to the amount of walking and standing each tour involves. Nevertheless, all ASA tours require that participants have a good degree of fitness enabling 2-3 hours walking or 1-1.5 hours standing still on any given site visit or excursion. Many sites are accessed by climbing slopes or steps and have uneven terrain.
This 21-day literary tour of Switzerland involves:
It is important to remember that ASA programs are group tours, and slow walkers affect everyone in the group. As the group must move at the speed of the slowest member, the amount of time spent at a site may be reduced if group members cannot maintain a moderate walking pace. ASA tours should not present any problem for active people who can manage day-to-day walking and stair-climbing. However, if you have any doubts about your ability to manage on a program, please ask your ASA travel consultant whether this is a suitable tour for you.
Please note: it is a condition of travel that all participants agree to accept ASA’s directions in relation to their suitability to participate in activities undertaken on the tour, and that ASA retains the sole discretion to direct a tour participant to refrain from a particular activity on part of the tour. For further information please refer to the ASA Reservation Application Form.
Susannah Fullerton, OAM, FRSN, majored in English Literature at the University of Auckland. She then completed a postgraduate degree in Victorian fiction and prose at the University of Edinburgh. For over 20 years Susannah has been President of the Jane Austen Society of Australia. She has lectured extensively on Jane Austen in Australia and overseas and has published many articles about Jane Austen’s works. She is the co-author of Jane Austen – Antipodean Views and published Jane Austen and Crime in 2004, and Brief Encounters: Literary Travellers in Australia (Picador) in 2009. Susannah’s latest books are A Dance with Jane Austen, Happily Ever After: Celebrating Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and a new memoir Jane & I: A Tale of Austen Addiction.
Susannah is very well known on the Australian speakers’ circuit as a literary lecturer. She gives talks on famous authors, their lives and works, and on history, at the Art Gallery of NSW, State Library of NSW, ADFAS, WEA, schools and for a great variety of clubs and societies. Susannah uses her training in drama to delight her audiences with dramatic readings from novels and poems. Her interest in literature is wide ranging. She is a member of the Dylan Thomas Society of Australia, the Australian Brontë Association, the NSW Dickens Society and she is Patron of the Kipling Society of Australia. She has worked on literary prize committees, organised literary conferences and is a most experienced lecturer and group leader. To discover more about Susannah’s activities, visit www.susannahfullerton.com.au
Anne has a life-long fascination for both the humanities and science, and was fortunate to enjoy a 30 year international business career in biotechnology with regular travel to Sweden, through-out Europe & USA, with yearly trips to Asia and New Zealand. During this time she completed a Masters Degree in Chemistry by Research and Thesis and published in this field, as well as completing an MBA in Organizational Behaviour and Marketing.
In parallel, she was an early Committee member of the Jane Austen Society of Australia and co-authored Jane Austen – Antipodean Views with popular ASA Tour Leader Susannah Fullerton. She then went on to complete early distance studies in Art History from Oxford University Department of Continuing Education before completing a Masters in Arts (Art History) from University of Sydney. During this time she was successful in being selected to participate in a Dutch art history course from Amsterdam – Maastricht Summer University in conjunction with the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, followed by a Summer Academy run by the State Arts Museums of Dresden (SKD) and a number of specialist courses at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London and Singapore. Throughout this time she was a regular presenter at Art History conferences in both Europe and USA on art, science, and collecting with a particular interest in women within these fields in the 17th – 19th centuries.
More recently she has taken a regular role as a freelance university lecturer, whilst also enjoying giving talks to adult art enthusiasts on decorative arts most recently, on those of Dutch, French and Russian makers and periods, at the Art Gallery of NSW and on Antique Silver for the National Trust. She also lectures regularly at the WEA in Sydney, and to a range of libraries and special interest societies, including past talks to The Johnson Collection in Melbourne.
She has been a collector of antique silver for many years and was the Founder Host and a contributing Lecturer for the Kirkoswold Study Day on Antique Silver from 2007 until 2016. She particularly focuses on the social interactions of decorative objects to social history and how that can inform our way of seeing both the aesthetic beauty and material culture.
An enthusiastic adult education lecturer, Anne spends many months each year in The Netherlands, pursuing her study of the 17th century still-life painter Abraham van Beyeren with the work leading towards her PhD. This study has taken her regularly also to Germany, Belgium, UK, Scandinavia and France to major museums and private collectors. Her more recent publications are focused on art history and she will contribute to 2 new publications in 2019/2020 on women and collecting, and the relationships between art and science.
She is delighted to join ASA to share her passion for travel, art history and the visual and decorative arts.