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Editor’s Letter February 2017

 

Howl then, old winter, for your day is done,
Not long now will you hold the earth in thrall,
Soon will come spring to loosen your iron hold,
Sign of the bow borne on the sweet west wind,
(from February a poem by Elizabeth Goudge.)

I wanted to find something that Elizabeth had written about the month of February, and looking through her short stories I struck gold.

The Ikon on the Wall is a collection of her short stories published by Duckworth press in 1943. The first of these is the title of the collection and is set on one of the second World War’s front lines, a forest on the Russian/Finland border. It is deep winter and a priest has come to the village to minister to the poor people isolated by the late winter snow. There are soldiers hiding in the forest, desperate to reach their front lines with intelligence.

Protectors of the Motherland, a Russian orthodox religious festival falls on February 23rd.

Elizabeth Goudge writing at her desk in Rose Cottage. The Icon on the Wall is hanging above her desk.

“they woke up every morning with the knowledge in their hearts that nothing was so horrible that it might not happen to them to-day.”
(Ikon on the Wall)

As I read these words it was as if Elizabeth had touched me on the shoulder to point out how relevant these words were to millions waking up today.

Put aside a dark winter evening to acquaint yourself with the poignant story of the real victims of war the world over, given the spotlight by Elizabeth Goudge.

 

 

 

 


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 the 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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If you wish to contact me direct e-mail to me on:

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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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