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. Translation exercise: Throughout "lockdown" members have been contributing to a regular "Gift of Words" shared with other members via our secretary - Hopkins Society Steering Group member Lance Pierson has contributed a translation exercise, translating a couple of Hopkins' poems into everyday language -"Hopkins in your own words: A valuable exercise" - see the Resources page 2.1 for the link to the exercise
4. Spotted in the Times Jul 25, in the Review section under "my culture fix" a letter by the writer Jimmy McGovern on Hopkins ... reproduced on the Serendipity page .....
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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