Autumn Day 2017 - Saturday 16th September
Stratford: ‘The birth of Hopkins the man,
and the rebirth of Hopkins the poet’
Hopkins Society Day exploring the origins of Gerard Manley Hopkins and of his most famous poem 'The Wreck of the Deutschland.'
Hopkins was born in Stratford (Essex, not upon Avon!) in 1844. In addition to the Society's AGM, we shall visit the sites of his childhood home and church, and hear about the members of his family.
By a strange coincidence the nuns drowned in the German ship ‘Deutschland’, about whom he wrote in his most famous poem, were brought to rest in Stratford and are buried in neighbouring Leytonstone; we shall visit their graves.
Stratford commemorates him with the Hopkins Room in the Library, where we shall meet: The Hopkins Room, Stratford Library, 3 The Grove, Stratford, London E15 1EL
10.30 AGM (with coffee available from 10.00)
12.00 GMH’s origins - info about his family and their influence on him
2.00 - 4.30 Tour of the Stratford Hopkins hot spots! including the site of his home, the family parish church, the Catholic church where the nuns had their funeral, and the cemetery where they are buried
4.00- ish Tea at St John’s Church where GMH was baptised
The cost of the day for members of the Society including morning coffee, lunch & tea will be £17.50; non-members £20. If you can only come to part of the day, Pro rata. The visit to the nuns’ cemetery involves a short bus ride, so bring your bus pass.
Further details and booking form at www.hopkinssociety.co.uk
or from Lance Pierson (email@example.com or 02077316544)
Download the booking form by clicking here