Miss Pym and a Friend

Miss Pym and a Friend

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Recent Pym News for Guy Fawkes Day!


The Barbara Pym Society's annual fall tea in Boston will be held on Saturday, 5 November (Guy Fawkes Day) from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Church of the Advent on Beacon Hill in Boston. The cost is $5 per person if you bring a suitable tea cake, sandwich, or pastry to share, or $15 per person otherwise. Newcomers and guests are most welcome to join us. Along with tea and congenial company we'll have a Pym trivia contest; RSVP details will be forthcoming.

The Annual General Meeting in Oxford was splendid as always; you will get all the details in the fall issue of Green Leaves. It was agreed at the AGM that starting in 2012 we will offer full-time students the same discounted membership rate as Seniors. We also agreed to publish a separate membership directory for the North American chapter because of privacy and permission concerns in the U.K. I will be preparing a membership list giving names, city and state/province, and e-mail addresses which will be sent by e-mail whenever possible; I hope that this will encourage more small regional gatherings in coming years.

Finally, a reminder that the 2012 North American conference will be held at Harvard on 16-18 March, and will focus on Jane and Prudence. The organizing committee is now soliciting proposals for talks to be presented at the conference; if you are interested, please send a 100-150 word proposal to barbarapymsociety@gmail.com by 20 November. I also encourage you to spread the word to non-member academics and Eng Lit students who have an interest in Pym. We cannot reimburse travel and lodging expenses but do pay the speakers' registration and meals fees and provide a $250 honorarium.

Best wishes,

Tom Sopko, North American Organizer
The Barbara Pym Society

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