The Hopkins Society was formed in 1989 after the success of celebrations in North Wales of the centenary of Gerard Manley Hopkins' death. It aims to celebrate Hopkins' contribution to English Literature, keep members informed of recent news and research about Hopkins, hold Hopkins study days, an annual Hopkins lecture and produce a journal. Meetings are held in the Spring and Autumn.
The society aims to have at least one meeting a year based in Wales and/or the North West where Hopkins trained as a Jesuit at St Beuno's (left) and was a Curate at St Francis Xavier's Church in Liverpool. From time to time the annual lectures given by distinguished speakers are published and available to buy. (see Resources page for further information)
STOP PRESS - LATEST NEWS
1. Postponement of 27 June Hopkins Day (see forthcoming events) Because of the continuing restrictions and closure of churches with the coronavirus, the planned Hopkins Day at Haslemere on Saturday 27 June is postponed until 2022.
2. Gravestone of Hopkins’ parents
In June 2020 we had planned to visit the churchyard in Haslemere where Gerard’s parents and sisters are buried but due to Covid 19 Lockdown, in the meantime the Steering Group invited donations towards the upkeep of those monuments. Philip Hunt, the churchyard representative organised the reinstatement of the cross and restoration of the inscription on the gravestone of Kate and Manley. Michael Burgess, Chair of the Steering Group has expressed "a very big Thankyou for the donations of members and others towards the cost of restoration. Your generosity covered the cost of the work and to spare" -( more on this to follow ...) two photographs (see forthcoming events page) show the newly restored grave and inscription of Gerard's parents ......
3. It was noted this recently that the comedian Frank Skinner had posted an analysis of 'The Windhover' on his poetry podcasts - well worth listening to … a link has been posted in Serendipity ….
4. Hopkins Society Steering Group member Lance Pierson has his own poetry podcasts and his aim is to read the poems and to help them to be heard ..... and he too has his favourite GMH poem on a recent podcast ... this time "Epithalamion" ... getting hold of what the words means is challenging so footnotes are included ... see ...... thepoetrypodcastwithlancepierson.com/
....... there is also the podcast in audio at www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9aS9n2xfnI
For membership details and to join the Society, please print out the form downloadable on the right, fill in and then forward to the Membership Secretary:
17 Victoria Road,
enclosing a cheque made out to 'The Hopkins Society'
or email email@example.com (Also if you have any general queries about the Hopkins Society)
Annual membership fees: (from 01.01.2021 - adjusted if you join now)
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