The Gaskell Society and its partners host a year-round programme of meetings and special events, most of which are open to everyone. We’re very friendly – and we’d love to meet you, whether or not you choose to join the Society.
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London & South East Gaskell Society Meeting
9 November, 12:45 pm - 4:30 pm£5
Connectedness in Cranford
A talk by Annick Pommier
Elizabeth Gaskell led a highly connected life. She built a vast and varied social network over a relatively short period of time and the thousand or so letters that she wrote give us a glimpse of a woman for whom forging and maintaining connections was essential. Her need to connect was not confined to her personality and social life and extends to her works. In her presentation, Annick will explore some of the connections and connecting processes within Gaskell’s favourite work, Cranford,examining the various processes and steps of connection at work within the book.
Annick lives near Paris, where she teaches English and is beginning a PhD at the Université de Paris, but she is a regular visitor to our meetings. In 2018 she completed a master’s degree in English literature, taking ‘Connectedness in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cranford’ as the subject of her dissertation. Her PhD will continue her research into this topic.
All meetings are held at Francis Holland School for Girls, 39 Graham Terrace London SW1W 8JF. The school is only a three-minute walk from Sloane Square tube station on the District and Circle line. This central location means that the meeting is convenient for anyone interested in Elizabeth Gaskell’s writing.
Everyone is welcome any time after 12.45pm – please bring a packed lunch. Talks begin at 2pm and usually last about an hour. Each talk is followed by questions, and then tea is served.
At each meeting there is a bring-and-buy book stall in aid of The Gaskell House in Manchester. Please bring any books that you wish to rehome and which will be of interest to other members, marked with an appropriate price. If, at the end of the meeting, your books have not been sold, we will ask you to take them away with you again.
Come along – you will be sure of a friendly welcome!
As you’ll appreciate, arrangements can change, so please be sure to check details before you leave home.