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September 2017

Gaskell Memorial Service at Brook Street Chapel

24 September, 10:45 am - 12:30 pm
Brook Street Chapel, 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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Autumn Meeting

30 September, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Knutsford Methodist Church, Princess Street
Knutsford, WA16 6BY United Kingdom
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Autumn Meeting Booking Form 10.30 am Coffee 11.00 am The Joan Leach Memorial Lecture will be given by Dr. Ingrid Hanson, taking as her title: “ God shall wipe away all the tears from their eyes”: Elizabeth Gaskell, the body and the idea of peace. Ingrid Hanson is a lecturer in English and American Studies and Creative Writing at The University of Manchester .Using extracts from Gaskell’s North and South and Ruth, where reference is made to the eyes of…

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October 2017

Manchester Meeting at Cross Street Chapel

3 October, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street
Manchester, M2 4WG United Kingdom
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The Gaskell Society is pleased to announce the first talk in the Autumn/Winter series of Lunchtime Talks at Cross Street Chapel. “Great Pan is Dead” On the life and death of Branwell Brontë. Gaskell might have been ironic in casting Branwell as Pan and his sisters as the Furies, but there is something genuinely tragic, if not heroic, about Branwell’s particular journey. In this talk, Sue Newby, Learning Officer at the Brontë Parsonage Museum, explores the place of Branwell Brontë,…

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A Friends of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House Event

7 October, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, 84 Plymouth Grove
Manchester, M13 9LW United Kingdom
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A "Conversation" between  Professor Michael Slater and Anthony Burton on "A Literary  Society and its Museum" The  Dickens Fellowship is 115 years old and the Charles Dickens Museum is  92 years old. Professor Michael Slater has been involved in both since 1967, having served as President of the Fellowship and Chairman of the Museum's Trustees .Anthony has persuaded Michael to make the journey north  to come to Elizabeth Gaskell's House, as did Dickens himself,so many years ago!. There Michael  will…

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Knutsford Meeting

25 October, 12:00 pm - 3:00 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

Manchester Meeting at Cross Street Chapel

7 November, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street
Manchester, M2 4WG United Kingdom
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£3 - £4

Margo Singer. The Paisley Shawl – Keeping Warm in the Nineteenth Century. Details to follow   Doors open at 12.15 pm. so that anyone who wishes can bring a  packed lunch or purchase it at one of the nearby sandwich shops. The chapel provides tea and coffee for a small donation  All our welcome.  Fee: £3 members, £4 non-members    

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London and S.E. Gaskell Society Meeting

11 November, 12:45 pm - 4:30 pm
Francis Holland School, 39 Graham Terrace
London, SW1W 8JF United Kingdom
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£5

Elizabeth Gaskell Illustrated’    Emma Marigliano  Emma Marigliano is the Chief Librarian at the Portico Library in Manchester, a place frequented by both William who was president for many years and Elizabeth although her access was rather confined to the reading of current periodicals.  Emma will speak about the ways in which Gaskell’s novels have been illustrated over the years. You may remember that we had a speaker about this topic over 10 years ago so it seems timely to renew…

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Knutsford Meeting

29 November, 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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December 2017

Christmas Celebration Meeting at the Portico Library

5 December, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
The Portico Library, 57 Mosley Street
Manchester, M2 3FF
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Our special Christmas Meeting will once again take place at the beautiful Portico Library. After last year's successful Christmas celebration we are returning for seasonal refreshments followed by a talk by Jean Briggs. Jean  will give an entertaining & informative talk on the Jewsbury sisters, Geraldine and Maria-Jane, who lived in Manchester at the same time as the Gaskells and moved in the same circles. Geraldine Jewsbury wrote novels herself and was a prolific reviewer, acquainted with the leading Victorian…

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January 2018

New Year Meal

Wednesday 10 January, 2018, 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Cottons Hotel and Spa, Manchester Road
Knutsford, WA16 0SU United Kingdom
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For our traditional New Year Meal we are returning once more to the Cottons Hotel, Knutsford Details of the meal, entertainment and costs will follow shortly. Watch this space

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Knutsford Meeting

Wednesday 31 January, 2018, 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

Manchester Meeting at Cross Street Chapel

Tuesday 6 February, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street
Manchester, M2 4WG United Kingdom
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£3 - £4

Following our successful Discussion Meeting last year we have decided to repeat it this year.. Details of what we will discuss will follow Doors open at 12.15,pm. so that anyone who wishes may bring a packed lunch or purchase it at one of the nearby sandwich shops. The chapel provides tea and coffee for a small donation. Entrance Fee: Members £3 Non-members £4 All are welcome

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London and S.E. Gaskell Society Meeting

Saturday 10 February, 2018, 12:45 pm - 4:30 pm
£5

Emily Midorikawa & Emma Claire Sweeney on Literary Friendships Emily and Emma have recently published a lovely book about female literary friendships. Although in their Bronte chapter they focused on Charlotte Bronte’s friendship with Mary Taylor they were sorely tempted to write about the Gaskell Bronte friendship. In a Q & A session (chaired by me!)  they will reveal their collaboration, their writing process and answer questions about the close friendship between Elizabeth Gaskell and Charlotte Bronte. Their book, which…

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Knutsford Meeting

Wednesday 28 February, 2018, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Brook Street Chapel Hall, Adam's Hill
Knutsford, WA16 8DY
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A change,this month: we leave the printed copy of novel behind and look at the BBC adaptation of North and South .  Libby Tempest will lead a discussion on  what we think of the adaptation, how it came to be made, issues that arose, and how close to the novel it is. We look at the  various changes that were made, and what we think of the main characters and actors. We may have a look at some excerpts from the…

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March 2018

Manchester Meeting at Cross Street Chapel

Tuesday 6 March, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
£3 - £4

– Rebecca Milner who is the Fine Arts Curator at the Manchester City Art Gallery will talk about Annie Swynnerton with a view to organising a trip to the exhibition of her work later in the year.

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Knutsford Meeting

Wednesday 28 March, 2018, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Brook Street Chapel Hall, Adam's Hill
Knutsford, WA16 8DY
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Dr Diane Duffy will continue with the  discussion of North and South More details to follow 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 12pm.. 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 Room on the first…

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April 2018

The Gaskell Society Annual General Meeting

Saturday 14 April, 2018, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street
Manchester, M2 4WG United Kingdom
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May 2018

London and S.E. Gaskell Society Meeting

Saturday 12 May, 2018, 12:45 pm - 4:30 pm
Francis Holland School, 39 Graham Terrace
London, SW1W 8JF United Kingdom
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£5

  ‘Elizabeth Gaskell: The Biographer as Biographee’ Dr Anna Koustinoudi, University of Thessolinki English Department, with a BA, MA and Ph.D from Aristotle University, Greece. She publishes widely, numerous academic articles in books and periodicals. Her book The Split Subject of Narration in Gaskell’s First Person Fiction was published in 2012. Anna thinks she can conflate both a talk on Elizabeth Gaskell the biographer with her (Gaskell’s) writings on 19c Greek customs and traditions, which  form the subject of an essay…

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