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George MacDonald & Indwelling the Poetry of Science

The George MacDonald Society is pleased to announce the first in a series of themed conversations—this time on on ‘MacDonald & The Poetry of Science.’ Too few today are aware of just how deeply impassioned this Christian ‘Sage of the Imagination’ was for the study and praxis of Science; indeed, his initial vocational dream was to enter that field. Join us online on October 7, 2021 from 7-9PM BST | 2-4PM EST, where we will be speaking with guest conversants Professor Tom McLeish (Professor of Natural Philosophy in Physics, University of York; author of The Poetry and Music of Science) and Dr Franziska Kohlt (Postdoctoral Fellow, University of York) about MacDonald, science, and the imagination. 

This free event is open to members and non-members of the George MacDonald Society, but capacity is limited. Please email for the Zoom link by 7th October, 12 noon EST to reserve your free space. 

Rabbit Room Hutchmoot 2021

There is a session by Wheaton College’s Dr Jerry Root on MacDonald’s Golden Key at this years online Rabbit Room Hutchmoot (8-10th October 2021). The Society’s President Malcolm Guite will also be a guest speaker on Saturday evening. Sessions are recorded for those who sign up and will be available until the end October. Go to for more information.

Review of Informing the Inklings

Informing the Inklings book cover

All creative people are inspired by those who preceded them, and in England’s Antiphon (Macmillan, 1868) the writer George MacDonald Review this truth in a choral image, showing writers as singers responding to each other. In acknowledgement of this connection, the George MacDonald Society met in 2014 to examine the debt that the Oxford myth-makers known as the Inklings (an informal group of writers associated with C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien) owed to their predecessors. The selected papers presented in Informing the Inklings (edited by Michael Partridge and Kirstin Jeffrey Johnson) look from MacDonald back to Wordsworth, Coleridge, and others as well as forward, via the Inklings, to Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (Bloomsbury, 2007). They contribute to an understanding of the development of mythopoesis over the last 200 years or so. (click on the link for the full review)

The Princess and the Goblin – Live Play!

Saturday 7th August 2021 5:00PM. Mannington Hall, Norfolk, NR11 7BB. Due to covid restrictions prior booking is essential. Limited tickets available.

Goblin Market Theatre Company are delighted to bring the live theatre version of The Princess and the Goblin  to Norfolk’s Mannington Hall. This is an open air theatre event for families and children – be prepared to be completely enthralled by this world of fantasy and magic! Suitable for family members of all ages. Feel free to bring a picnic, but be careful of the goblins! For more information visit:

Rabbit Room Reading Group: Phantastes by George MacDonald

Phantastes Cover

MacDonald scholar and lecturer Kirstin Jeffery Johnson leads a read-through and discussion of Phantastes, providing context and guidance for navigating an often bewildering but profoundly moving and influential fantasy novel. 

The “live” version of this book group (including the online forum) opens May 24 and will include Zoom chats every Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. CST for five weeks. However, you are welcome to join at any time, even after the live chats have ended. The discussions will be archived, and the forum will be open indefinitely for new registrants to continue reading and discussing the book.

Malcom Guite & Brenton Dickieson – “Inklings of Imagination”


Correction: The poster does not take into account the advent of British Summer Time. This event starts at 5pm UK (Noon EST, 9am PT). It will also be recorded.

On 23rd April 2021 at 7 pm Eastern European Summer Time (5pm British Summer Time/ Noon US Eastern Time) ‘Inklings & Kindreds’ scholar Kirstin Jeffrey Johnson will host these two delightful raconteurs in an exploration of the value of imaginative literature generally, and why the work of ‘C.S. Lewis & Kindred Spirits’ specifically is significant for the world today. As highly regarded scholars for their work, these consummate teachers are equally admired amongst peers and students for their deep love of and playful enthusiasm for that material. For them it is not stuffy scholasticism, rather, it is the Stuff of Life.

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