Academic journal article The Gaskell Journal

North West Branch

Academic journal article The Gaskell Journal

North West Branch

Article excerpt

Our year began with a New Year Lunch at Cottons Hotel, Knutsford, where 30 members enjoyed an excellent lunch, a Gaskell quiz, and readings and music provided by a few very talented members. Our Knutsford meetings are held at the parish room at St John's Church on the last Wednesday of the month from October to April, when 40 to 50 members enjoy an excellent buffet lunch prior to studying Gaskell texts, led by Elizabeth Williams. This year we concentrated on short stories, using the Oxford World Classics edition of Cousin Phillis and Other Stories edited by Heather Glen. In January and February we looked at 'Lizzie Leigh', in March 'Morton Hall', and in April 'My French Master'. Lively discussion always ensues. The meetings reconvened in October when we studied 'Half A Lifetime Ago', continued in November.

In May, June and September we held a series of evening meetings at Brook Street Chapel, Knutsford, when an average of 20 members attended to read their favourite pieces of Gaskell, aided by wine and nibbles. In September we chose a theme of 'Crime, Cops and Courts' and members read appropriately from the letters or novels. This topic tied in well with our trip, on a beautifully warm sunny day later in September, to the Warrington Police Museum, Warrington Museum and Art Gallery and Cairo Street Chapel where 'Darling Willie' is buried in a family-sized tomb next to his grandparents. …

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