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Editor’s Letter October 2016

Every autumn I get the longing to read, no experience, an Elizabeth Goudge novel. This season always makes me introspective, feeding my internal dialogue that fires the imagination.

” Hardly anything was still on the Green and it was wildly beautiful. The elm trees were swaying and creaking and their leaves were falling and drifting and bowling over the grass in golden battalions. The few people who were about were clutching their hats and billowing skirts and breaking every now and then into absurd little runs when the wind caught them. The rooks, storm buffeted, were cawing angrily and flapping protesting wings. Only the carved figures on the west front were still, those kings and queens and saints and angels who had faced a thousand such days and would face a thousand more. ( City of Bells)

This quote drove ” my dead thoughts over the universe like withered leaves” and I was back in Wells a couple of years ago, when we went on a mission to find Tower House, the place where Elizabeth was born.
You can read about our wonderful Goudgian day in this months article.

As the nights draw in, get tucked up with your favourite Elizabeth Goudge novel.


This picture was kindly donated by Sylvia Gower. It was given to her by Andrew Harwood and shows Elizabeth Goudge seated on Froniga's Well in her Garden at Rose Cottage

This picture was kindly donated by Sylvia Gower. It was given to her by Andrew Harwood and shows Elizabeth Goudge
seated on Froniga’s Well in her Garden at Rose Cottage

 


 

Guest Article
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This month’s guest article is a wonderful insight into Elizabeth’s children’s book “Linnets & Valerians”. I have to make a confession. Until I read this piece “The World Shot Through With Magic” by Elizabeth Kushner, I had never read the book. I think I may have started it once, but thought it “lightweight” and put it aside. Well, how wrong can you be? I hope that it inspires you to take a second look at Elizabeth’s answer to the Famous Five.


 

Goudge Talk
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Goudge Talk is the part of site where you the visitors and readers can have your say and ask questions on Elizabeth’s work. We are always looking for short articles on Elizabeth, and if you have visited somewhere that Elizabeth wrote about we would love to share your experience and thoughts. Photographs are welcome too. Please send as an attachment to your email.

 


 Watch out for new articles in future months.

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This site is being set up and run with the help and cooperation of some of the people who have grown to love the talented shy author of a collection of literary gems, most of which go unnoticed by the mass of society today. This she would accept with a humble gratitude, content with the success she achieved in her lifetime.

“This site has been established with the support of the Trustees of Elizabeth’s Estate.  The content of the site is, however, the sole responsibility of its contributors.”  Mark Dutton.

I hope that this site will to a large extent, be fan based and led.  Let me have any ideas that you have about what you would like to see on this site.
Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

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