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Every cloud has a silver lining. With the dramatic fall in the pound against other currencies, after the Brexit Referendum, there has never been a better time for you to come to the UK. Our conference in historic Cambridge is just three weeks away but you can still join us and everyone, whatever your level of knowledge, can be sure of a warm welcome:

In addition to Trevor Hart and Kirstin Jeffrey-Johnson, our other Keynotes include:

  • Stephen Prickett, George MacDonald and the Cambridge Apostles
  • Kerry Dearborn, Rethinking the Dark Side: MacDonald’s Subversive Challenges to “Enlightened” Theories of Social Darwinism
  • Elizabeth Jay, George MacDonald, Unorthodox Anglican
  • Timothy Larsen, George MacDonald and the Age of the Incarnation

And that is without mentioning the various session papers being presented by up and coming MacDonald scholars. This really is something not to be missed!

I will need to submit final numbers to Trinity Hall next Tuesday though, but if you would like more information just let me know or check out our web site, www.george-macdonald.com/macdonaldsociety/conference2016.html

If you have already booked then thank you and joining instructions together with a detailed programme will be going out in the next day or two.

 

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I have updated the booking form for the Cambridge Conference on the web site (www.george-macdonald.com). The big news is that I can now confirm Timothy Larsen from Wheaton College, as one of our Keynote speakers. Alongside Stephen Prickett, Kerry Dearborn and Elisabeth Jay this is an exciting lineup already! You will note the 10% early bird discount if you book by 1st April, 2016. Booking early helps our planning.

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On Saturday, 2nd May 2015 a plaque will be unveiled at one of George MacDonald’s homes in Hastings. The plan is to meet at Wellington Square at 2:30pm from where we will walk to the house. The unveiling will be preceded by a few words from our President, Professor Stephen Prickett and followed by a short guided walk (about an hour or so) led by Edward Preston and tea afterwards.

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Booking for our conference ‘George MacDonald and the Victorian Roots of Modern Fantasy’ at Magdalen College, Oxford 13-15th August 2014 is now live and further information can be found at www.george-macdonald.com including details of our speakers. The conference is open to everyone and it is possible to book via PayPal, thus avoiding any complications with currency conversion etc. Accommodation is available at the college, including a limited number ‘with the walls’ where C.S. Lewis had rooms. Ideally bookings for accommodation should be received by us before the 10th May to enable us to confirm to the College.

The call for papers (30 minute) is still open. Proposals including: name, institutional affiliation, CV, title of paper, abstract (400 words max) should go to gmsociety.papers@gmail.com by 1st May 2014.

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INFORMING THE INKLINGS: GEORGE MACDONALD & THE VICTORIAN ROOTS OF MODERN FANTASY

A CONFERENCE AT MAGDALEN COLLEGE, OXFORD, AUGUST 13-15, 2014

The ‘Inklings’, an Oxford group that included C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Owen Barfield, and Charles Williams, has long been recognized as one of the most creative literary groups of the mid-twentieth century, one whose fantasy writings in particular have become a major influence on the development of subsequent literature and film. But, as they freely acknowledged, behind these lay an earlier generation of Victorian writers who pioneered the forms they developed – perhaps most notably George MacDonald. With the fiftieth anniversary of the death of C.S. Lewis we wish to explore the many connections, and to see some of the ways in which the work of the Inklings was ‘informed’ by the work MacDonald and his fellow fantasists. Speakers include Kerry Dearborn, Danny Gableman, Malcolm Guite, Moniker Hilder, Stephen Logan, Kirstin Jeffrey Johnson, John Pennington, Stephen Prickett (Chair), David Robb and Jean Webb. As Magdalen was Lewis’s college – host to many ‘Inkling’ discussions – and as Oxford’s history is long-entwined with the genre of fantasy, the conference will include a thematic introduction to relevant sites. We invite session papers of not more than 20 minutes on any themes connecting these writers and their work and influence on literature, theology, and the arts in general. Attention to fellow 19th century fantasists such as Charles Kingsley, Lewis Carroll, and William Morris is welcome. Proposals  (including name and institutional affiliation, CV, title of the paper, and an abstract of no more than 400 words) to gmsociety.papers@gmail.com by May 1, 2014.

“MacDonald is the greatest genius of this kind whom I know.”

C.S. Lewis

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Talk in New York

Robert Trexler will be speaking on the topic “George MacDonald: Scholar and Educational Reformer” at the June 14, 2013 meeting of the New York C.S. Lewis Society. As an independent publisher (Winged Lion Press and Zossima Press), Robert has released seven books written by noted MacDonald scholars about various aspects of MacDonald’s life and thought.

This will be the fifth time Robert has addressed the Society on George MacDonald over the past decade. Two previous talks, “The Light Princess” and “George MacDonald: Merging Myth and Method” are available to read on the George MacDonald Society website. Another talk, detailing the Pre-Raphaelite interests of MacDonald’s artistry, was accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation of 20 artists who have illustrated At The Back of the North Wind since 1868. This presentation has been given at several conferences.

The C.S. Lewis Society meeting begins at 7:30pm in the Parish House of The Church of the Ascension at 12 West 11th Street, Manhattan. Meetings are free and open to the public.

Additional directions can be found at their website: www.nycslsociety.com

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The 2007 AGM of the MacDondald Society will take place on Saturday, 20th October in the Gardiner Room at Swedenborg House, 20 Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2TH at 2:30pm. The entrance is in Barter Street and the nearest Underground is Holborn (Central and Piccadilly Line). Guest Speaker to be announced. Richard Lines

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