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. Lance Pierson RIP ….. we record the very sad news that Lance died on 14 October. Lance did so much for the life and well-being of the Hopkins Society, as he did equally in promoting the writings and works of John Betjeman, Milton and many other poets. He will be greatly missed. There will be a special service of thanksgiving for Lance’s life on Thursday 18 November at 12 noon at St Matthew’s Church, Fulham. The number attending that service has to be limited but the service will be live streamed
This is the link to watch on the day:
You can also watch the recorded service at any time after the 18th. It will be on the St Matthew’s Fulham website for several weeks afterwards. If you would like to make a donation, please send to the Marie Curie nurses
or the Scripture Union:
2. 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
........we have received a review from Graham Fawcett, a highly regarded Poetry Teacher online, and Hopkins enthusiast ......
" I have now had the pleasure of reading the Hopkins Society symposium on GMH's family circle. It's a gem of incisive thinking Most of all, (it is) the passion for the subject and loyalty to the poet which come across.... the whole booklet addresses questions about those family members I've always wondered about."
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 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)
2. Adults £18.00
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