Patrons – Sarah Prince and Professor Emeritus John Chapple
President - Dr Shirley Foster
Shirley Foster is Honorary Senior Research Fellow, retired Reader in English and American Literature, at the University of Sheffield. Her academic interests are the nineteenth-century English and American novel, and travel writing and she has published works on all these subjects. Her most recent works include an anthology of women’s travel writing and a literary life of Elizabeth Gaskell; as well as articles on Gaskell, American visitors to Britain, and literary tourism. She has also edited Sylvia’s Lovers (Penguin) and Mary Barton (Oxford). Dr Foster is currently working on Henry James and others of his compatriots in Italy.
Vice-President – Francesco Marroni
Professor of English at G. S Annunzio University, in Pescara, Italy, where he is Director of the Centro Studi Vittoriani e Edoardiani. Professor Marroni has written books about George Eliot, Charlotte Brontë, Henry James and Elizabeth Gaskell. He is a distinguished writer of short fiction in his own country, and has published several volumes of his stories.
Vice-President - Jenny Uglow
Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Editorial Director Chatto and Windus. She is the author of the critically-acclaimed biography Elizabeth Gaskell a Habit of Stories, also Hogarth, Cultural Babbage, The Lunar Men; Jenny is a historical consultant for the BBC Radio 4 Classic Serial and writes reviews for radio, the Times Literary Supplement, The Sunday Times and The Guardian
Chairman – Ann O’Brien
Treasurer – Clive Heath
Membership Secretary –
Minutes Secretary – Celia Crew
Janet Allan MBE
Journal Editor – Dr Rebecca Styler
Newsletter Editor –
Web Editor – Catherine Westwood