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Manchester Christmas Meeting at the Portico

Tuesday 4 December, 2018, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

£12.50 – £14.

Literary Theft?  Charles Dickens appropriates one of Elizabeth Gaskell’s Favourite Stories. 

A talk by Professor Michael Slater,  past president of the Dickens Fellowship.

Elizabeth Gaskell and Charles Dickens reacted to each other with a mixture of admiration and irritation. One moment of tension was in 1852, when Dickens, in his story To Be Read at Dusk, made use of an anecdote, which Elizabeth Gaskell regarded as her own. Michael investigates this incident, which centres on a story of the uncanny- perhaps appropriate fare for a Christmas talk!

There will also be a Christmas buffet, details tbc

Please note change of venue for this meeting only.

The cost is £12-50 for members, £14 non-members.

Friends welcome

 Places must be booked and paid for in advance by November 30th

Please make cheques payable to The Gaskell Society and send to:

Mrs Pam Griffiths, 37 Buckingham Drive,  Knutsford,  Cheshire WA16 8LH

Bookings may also be made and paid for in cash or cheque at the next Cross St meeting on 6th November and the Knutsford meeting on 28th October.


Tuesday 4 December, 2018
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
£12.50 – £14.
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The Portico Library
57 Mosley Street
Manchester, M2 3FF
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