The Gaskell Society

The Gaskell Society

Celebrating the life and work of Elizabeth Gaskell

What’s the Craic with… Elizabeth Gaskell?

In October 2022, our Chair, Libby Tempest (pictured), talked to journalist Danny Moran about just why she loves Elizabeth Gaskell so much. This is a longer version of the interview, […]

The Gaskells in Wales

To celebrate our forthcoming Conference in Caernarfon, North Wales, Dr Diane Duffy has revisited the works and letters of Elizabeth and her family to learn more about their links with Wales. 

Croeso I Gymru – Welcome to Wales

This year the Gaskell Society Conference goes to Caernarfon. Dr Diane Duffy explores Elizabeth’s associations with North Wales and finds they’re very mixed. 

‘This Land of Song’ – part 3

Gaskell and the Perception  of Wales in Eighteenth and Nineteenth-century Writing The last section ended on a note of sexual licence creeping into the interpretation of Nest’s behaviour, which may […]

The Gaskell Memorial Service

Every year, on a Sunday, close to what would have been Elizabeth Gaskell’s birthday, Gaskell Society members assemble at Brook Street Chapel in Knutsford. We lay flowers on Elizabeth’s grave […]

Tea at Cranford II – Our Daily Bread

a victorian illustration of women at a table, taking tea.

Following my last ‘Tea at Cranford’ post, I will now consider the dangers which may have been lurking in those dainty sandwiches, ‘cut to the imaginary pattern of excellence that […]

To Buy or Not to Buy?

That is the question! Volunteers at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House are often asked whether Elizabeth ever bought 84 Plymouth Grove. The answer is definitely not, but her daughters, Meta and Julia, […]

Locations in ‘The Sexton’s Hero’

In January 2021, Dr Diane Duffy ran a discussion session on the short story, ‘The Sexton’s Hero’ about a daring rescue on Morecambe Bay.  You can read her blog post […]