Chairperson’s report 2013


You’ll be delighted to know that, as we’ve been able to keep our costs low in the last year, the ULEMLA membership fee for 2013/14 will be £15, and visitors will be charged £4 per talk. Further financial details were given in the Treasurer’s AGM Report.

Sending our News Letters by e-mail to members has greatly helped to reduce our spending. Those members who are willing to receive News Letters by e-mail only are asked to write their e-mail address (clearly enough for the Membership Secretary to read) on the membership forms which are obtainable from her, and to let her know that they are happy to receive all ULEMLA News Letters by e-mail.

As ever, the ULEMLA committee would be grateful for ‘new blood’ to join us, in order that we may continue to organize ULEMLA meetings, trips and parties. In order that anyone might see what committee member’s roles involve, sheets headed ‘Duties of the Committee’ (with the ‘Year Planner’ on the reverse) were available by the AGM signing-in book, to take away, as well as on the website to be viewed at any time. The committee meets at 1pm, before each 2.30pm talk.

In the 2012/13 year, members and guests enjoyed talks on Katherine Mansfield, given by Professor Emerita Angela Smith (Stirling); on Henry James’s The Aspern Papers by Dr Angus Wrenn (LSE); and on four different productions of Macbeth, given by our President, Emeritus Professor Warren Chernaik. This last talk was given as the fourth T F Evans Memorial Lecture, immediately before the Christmas party. In the spring, Dr Ulrike Horstmann-Guthrie (Cambridge) spoke about Hardy’s complex heroines; Professor David Bradshaw (Oxford) gave the 26th Charles Peake Memorial Lecture on Aldous Huxley and censorship; and Dr Judith Chernaik (founder of Poems on the Underground) spoke in April on Keats and Shelley, preparing us well for our group-visit to Hampstead for Keats House in Hampstead in May.

By the time of the June AGM, the Bookings Secretary had arranged the 2013 autumn term talks, at Birkbeck and Canterbury Hall, WC1. The speakers and topics for all but the last of the spring and summer terms were confirmed by her in time for the September News Letter. Details of the June 2014 speaker and topic will appear on our website (*) and in the February 2014 News Letter.

Immediately following this year’s AGM, owing to the sudden ill health of our speaker, I gave the June talk, ’L’Affaire Ford’: Jean Rhys, Ford Madox Ford and ‘Editing’. On the AGM ‘Agenda’ sheet, the contact details of the committee were given. At any of the 2013-2014 meetings, anyone may complete a membership form for the whole year. We look forward to seeing you – and your friends – in Room 415 of Birkbeck’s main building from 5th October.

Ruth Webb (*)

If you wish to contact ULEMLA’s Membership Secretary before any meeting, her contact details are as follows:-

Lesley Rose, 6 Horace Road, ILFORD, IG6 2BG (Tel: 0208 551 0816)

You may post a cheque for £15 (payable to “ULEMLA”) to the above address to join at any time. Otherwise you may join ULEMLA at any one of our meetings. You may, of course, pay £4 for each talk that you attend instead of paying the £15 annual membership.

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