A George MacDonald Christmas Gathering

Event Poster

The George MacDonald Society and the members of the George MacDonald Reading Group on Facebook are pleased to invite you to A GEORGE MACDONALD CHRISTMAS GATHERING, a reading of “The Gifts of the Child Christ” with Poetry and Music. This will be held on Zoom, from 3-5 pm EST (8-10 pm UK) on Sunday 12th December 2021, and everyone is welcome.

To attend simply email macdonaldsociety@gmail.com to register your interest. The Zoom link will be sent out by email about an hour before the event starts.

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 macdonaldsociety@gmail.com 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 www.hutchmoothomebound.com for more information.

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.

You can register here: https://forms.gle/mqWHvnLG44B9mAU18

More information can be found here

Through the Looking Glass Sesquicentenary Conference

Alice through the Looking Glass

This online conference will take place, 4-5th November 2021 on the occasion of the sesquicentenary (150th anniversary) of the publication of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass. Hosted by the University of York, all talks and associated events will be held fully online. Contributions will be a mixture of traditional academic papers and alternative formats and submissions are invited from all fields of study and practice, including (but not limited to) the arts, sciences, scholars of children’s literature, science historians, and also practitioners. There is scope for submissions from George MacDonald scholars for example on his use of mirrors, his literature, science and theological writings, and the organisers would be keen to include something like that in the programme. The website and call for papers are now live and can be viewed at: https://throughthelookingglasssesquicentenary.wordpress.com/

Open Table Conference – Unspoken Sermons

I’d recommend you take the time to listen to the full 40 minutes. It is a taster that will give you an idea of what the two sets of eight week sessions on the Unspoken Sermons will be like. Three friends chatting by Zoom, reflecting on the impact of another dearly loved friend in their lives. One throw away comment really struck home for me, that in the Unspoken Sermons George MacDonald “is moving us along spiritually, not theologically.” Faith is the process of our coming into alignment with what is real and true (God’s love, however, we imagine it). It is a journey into completion and away from our false selves. It is good to be reminded that a disciple is a learner, therefore we don’t have to have all the answers at the outset.

“Unspoken Sermons” Online discussion

Paul Young, Baxter Kruger, and John MacMurray will engage in a 2 part interactive series online discussing the great George MacDonald’s Unspoken Sermons. They will also have guest panellists on an occasional basis. Part 1 will be every Wednesday beginning 5th May 2021 through 23rd June 2021. Session times are 7–8:30pm EST. All sessions will be recorded though to be viewed later (good news for those of us in Europe!). Registration is now open. You can sign up here

Part 2 will run from 8th September 2021 through 27th October 2021.