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Orts 2A, 1982

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Together with the Church House and Lion Publishing, the Society recently held its most successful meeting so far. The Archbishop of York, Stuart Blanch, gave an interesting and amusing talk on his personal debt to George MacDonald. We will be producing the talk for our next newsletter. As the Archbishop began, a group of people walked past the closed door talking, making just enough noise to disturb the audience. A lady, sitting near the door, walked quickly out shh-ing to the offenders. She saw, a little too late however, that the Archbishop of Canterbury was leading the group. Following the Archbishop’s talk, Stephen Prickett of Sussex University read an informed and scholarly paper on MacDonald’s visionary works. The final event of the evening was a programme on extracts from a musical version of The Princess and The Goblin which was enjoyed by everyone. The energetic performances of the players and tuneful songs rounded off the evening. Those who attended will, I’m sure, wish to pass on their thanks to all those concerned for a most pleasant occasion.

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