Academic journal article The Gaskell Journal

North West Branch

Academic journal article The Gaskell Journal

North West Branch

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Our year began with the customary New Year Lunch, held again at Cottons Hotel in Knutsford. After a delicious lunch, we were first entertained by Rosemary Donaldson, who recited four extracts from Shakespeare which were probably known to Gaskell, and then Christine Lingard regaled us with reminiscences of the Society's first twenty-nine years.

The Knutsford meetings continued on the last Wednesday of the month at St John's Church Rooms, when from January to April, we enjoyed our customary delicious buffet lunch, before commencing our study of 'A Dark Night's Work', The Moorland Cottage and 'Libbie Marsh's Three Eras', led by Elizabeth Williams. After the summer break, we reconvened in October at our new venue, Brook Street Chapel Hall, and began a study of Wives and Daughters which lasted until the end of the year.

The Manchester meetings, held at Cross Street Chapel on the first Tuesday of the month, included talks by Karen Laird on The Life of Charlotte Brontë, Elizabeth Williams on 'The Fallen Woman in Life and Literature', Mike Rose on 'Philanthropy and the Gaskells in the Nineteenth Century', Diane Duffy on 'The March of Progress in the works of Anna Eliza Bray and Elizabeth Gaskell' and Michala Hulme on 'Grim Manchester'.

2015 was an important year for the Society, November marking the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of Elizabeth Gaskell's death. …

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