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January 2015

Knutsford Meeting

Wednesday 28 January, 2015, 12:15 pm - 3:00 pm

We will finish our discussion on A Dark Night's Work and begin The Moorland Cottage. Visitors welcome Cost including lunch (from 12.15) - £9 members, £10 visitors. Without lunch (from c. 1.30) - £3 members, £4 visitors

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March 2015

Knutsford Meeting

Wednesday 25 March, 2015, 12:15 pm - 3:00 pm

We conclude our discussion on The Moorland Cottage Visitors welcome Cost including lunch (from 12.15) - £9 members, £10 visitors. Without lunch (from c. 1.30) - £3 members, £4 visitors

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April 2015

Knutsford Meeting

Wednesday 29 April, 2015, 1:15 pm - 4:00 pm

Wednesday 29 April, 2015 We will discuss Libbie Marsh's Three Eras Visitors welcome Cost including buffet lunch (from 12.15) - £9 members, £10 visitors. Without lunch (from c. 1.30) - £3 members, £4 visitors

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September 2015

Knutsford Autumn Meeting

Saturday 26 September, 2015, 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Knutsford Methodist Church, Princess Street
Knutsford, WA16 6BY United Kingdom
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10.30 Registration and Tea/Coffee and Biscuits 11.00 The Joan Leach Memorial Lecture Dr. Shirley Foster: American Visitors to the North The experiences in Manchester and its environs of Gaskell's  American Friends Elizabeth Gaskell had many American friends and acquaintances, among the most notable being Charles Eliot Norton and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Some – including the aforementioned – visited her in Manchester and recorded their visits in letters, autobiographies or travel writings. Equally interesting are the responses of these Americans to the industrial…

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April 2016

Knutsford Meeting at Brook Street Chapel

Wednesday 27 April, 2016, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Brook Street Chapel Hall, Adam's Hill
Knutsford, WA16 8DY
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The Knutsford Meetings take place on the last Wednesday of the month from October to April, excluding December This is the last meeting of this session and  Elizabeth Williams will conclude our discussion of  Wives and Daughter,, Elizabeth Gaskell’s last novel, and arguably her best. She died before she had completed it, and the last few pages were written by Frederick Greenwood, editor of the Cornhill Magazine. We look forward to seeing you all  at this meeting when we will consider which book…

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September 2017

Gaskell Memorial Service at Brook Street Chapel

Sunday 24 September, 2017, 11:45 am - 1:30 pm
Brook Street Chapel Hall, Brook Street
Knutsford, WA16 8DY
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The Annual Gaskell Service is on Sunday 24th September at 11am Please note that this year the service  is not the day after the Gaskell Society Autumn Meeting, as traditionally it is, but on the Sunday before the Autumn Meeting, which is on Saturday 30th September The theme of the service is  "Elizabeth Gaskell and Motherhood". Prior to the service, at 10.45 am we have the  laying of flowers on the  Gaskell grave and on Joan Leach's grave. Afterwards there is…

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October 2017

Knutsford Meeting

Wednesday 25 October, 2017, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Brook Street Chapel Hall, Adam's Hill
Knutsford, WA16 8DY
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The Gaskell Society is delighted to welcome the return Dr Diane Duffy, who, in the last session, led the discussions such interesting and informative  way. In this session we will be studying North and South and Diane will explore the two main thematic/generic strands of the novel: industrial relatons and romance. She writes: I will begin with the romance genre which traditionally is part of the acculturation process-making men and women fit into the desired/expected social role  models.Many women writers subvert this…

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November 2017

Knutsford Meeting

Wednesday 29 November, 2017, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Brook Street Chapel Hall, Adam's Hill
Knutsford, WA16 8DY
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Dr Diane Duffy will continues to explore the theme of romance in North and South Diane writes: In the second session I want us to explore the available social roles for men-father, son, husband and brother. In the second part of this session, I want us to consider how Gaskell manages to make links between  the romance genre and the industrial/ social novel. Prior to the discussion there will be the usual delicious buffet lunch served at 12.30 pm. The…

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January 2018

Knutsford Meeting

31 January, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Brook Street Chapel Hall, Adam's Hill
Knutsford, WA16 8DY
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At this meeting Dr Diane Duffy  wants us to examine Gaskell’s presentation of the industrial relations in North and South Prior to the discussion there will be the usual delicious buffet lunch served at 12.30 pm. The discussion will begin at 2pm. and finish at 3pm. Doors open at 12.00 pm.. Charges: Members: £9 incl lunch  Discussion only: £3 Non-members: £10 incl lunch.   Discussion only: £4  All are welcome There will also be a chance to visit the Gaskell Exhibition…

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February 2018

Knutsford Meeting

28 February, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Brook Street Chapel Hall, Adam's Hill
Knutsford, WA16 8DY
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Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances,the discussion on the TV version of North and South has been postponed until the next Knutsford  Meeting on 28th March. Instead, at this meeting, we will once again welcome Dr Diane Duffy who will lead a discussion on "Contemporary Reactions to the Publication of North and South" This is sure to be an interesting discussion, Diane kindly supplies notes to help. Everyone is welcome and if you would like to be sent a…

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September 2018

Autumn Meeting

29 September, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Knutsford Methodist Church, Princess Street
Knutsford, WA16 6BY United Kingdom
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£16.50 – £18.50

Booking Form for Autumn Meeting 10.30 am Coffee 11.00 am The Joan Leach Memorial Lecture  will be given by Marie Moxon, taking as her title: The Sounding Cataract and the Tall Rock: From William Wordsworth’s ‘Tintern Abbey’ to Elizabeth Gaskell’s Ruth. Writing to her sister-in-law Lizzie in 1836, Elizabeth Gaskell is enthusiastic about the Lakeland poet. Sitting ‘in a shady corner of a field gay with bright spring flowers’, and with ‘the air so full of sweet sounds’ the surroundings provide…

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October 2018

Knutsford Meeting at Brook Street Chapel Hall

31 October, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Brook Street Chapel Hall, Brook Street
Knutsford, WA16 8DY
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£10 – £11

The Old Nurse's Story The Old Nurse’s Story was Gaskell’s first ghost story, published in 1852, in a special Christmas edition of Household Words. A recent reviewer of the story writes “What a brilliant introduction to Elizabeth Gaskell's writing this was!... a dark and eerie tale everything you could possibly want from a Victorian gothic ghost story", Come along to the next Knutsford meeting and  join in a discussion of this tale, led by Diane Duffy or just listen to what others…

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November 2018

Knutsford Meeting at Brook Street Chapel Rooms

28 November, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Brook Street Chapel Hall, Adam's Hill
Knutsford, WA16 8DY
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£10 – £11

The Grey Woman “I always enjoy a Gaskell gothic novella and this one was no exception - thoroughly enjoyable, gripping and dramatic. I adore her writing style and her characterisation, and just how different everything she writes is.” The Grey Woman is another of Gaskell’s short stories  which has elicited an enthusiastic response from a modern-day reader. Come along to the Gaskell Society meeting and join in the discussion led once more by Diane Duffy or just listen to what others…

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