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. The Hopkins Society members have put together a series of essays about Hopkins Family Circle .... entitled "Father and mother dear, Brothers and sisters near": Gerard Manley Hopkins’ Family Circle........ It is a symposium by members of the Society which originated in talks given in Stratford Library in 2017.
The essays bring Gerard and his family together, exploring the lives of parents, brothers, sisters and Aunt Anne
and the part they played in his own life and creativity. For contributors see the Serendipity page ....
The booklet is only £5 (plus £2 for postage and packing to addresses in the UK and £5 for an overseas address)) and copies can be obtained from our Membership Secretary, Claire Hutt
2. Hosting the Association of Literary Societies meting 2021 - this has now been moved to the weekend of Oct 1 -3. Entitled The "Highgate Fliers" The Betjeman Society and the Hopkins Society are joint hosts. To be held at St Michael's Church, Highgate, London. For further details see "Forthcoming Events" page ….
3. The Gift of Words: Throughout "lockdown" members have been contributing to a regular "Gift of Words" shared with other members via our secretary, Claire Hutt ..... see the Serendipity page for examples
4. ‘Reading Hopkins in Quarantine’
A Steering Group member spotted an apt article for current COVID 19 days by Dr. Stephen Tardif published in Hopkins Quarterly, in which he looks to Hopkins’ final poem, ’To R. B.’, for a way to think about the challenges and opportunities afforded by the pain of separation and social distancing. The article may be accessed at:-
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: (please note that the form does not contain the revised fees below - please ensure you arrange a standing order for the correct amount) ....
17 Victoria Road,
enclosing a cheque made out to 'The Hopkins Society'
or email firstname.lastname@example.org (Also if you have any general queries about the Hopkins Society)
Annual membership fees: (from 01.01.2021 - adjusted if you join now)
....STEERING GROUP MEMBERS