The Golden Key

Home to the George MacDonald Society

Home to the George MacDonald Society

Established in 1985 the Golden Key is the premier on-line resource for all things related to the Victorian Novelist, Poet and Christian Fantasy writer George MacDonald (1824-1905) and online home to the George MacDonald Society.

I have never concealed the fact that I regarded him as my master; indeed I fancy I have never written a book in which I did not quote from him.
C. S. Lewis

A tribute to Professor Stephen Prickett (1939-2020) by Malcolm Guite and Kirstin Jeffrey Johnson.

An update regarding the officers of the Society

On the 17th December 2019 there was a committee meeting in London, as a result of which Kirstin Jeffrey-Johnson and Michael Partridge have agreed to act Co-Chairs of the Society (we make a good team!) thus filling the vacancy left by the passing of Richard Lines. Malcolm Guite, who is already on the committee, has agreed to act as an Ambassador for the Society. Roger Bardet, who many will know, indicated that he wished to stand down as Treasurer/ Secretary after many years of service. We are very appreciative of all the hard work that Roger has put in for the Society and, in the short term, Michael will cover both those roles. Finally, we are delighted to confirm that Donna Whatmough-Triggs and John McNeill have agreed to join the committee and Donna has also volunteered to act as the new editor of Orts, the Society’s newsletter.

North Wind Journal

Subscriptions are due on the 1st January for the Society's academic journal Northwind. To renew or purchase a subscription please go to our membership page. If this is received after North Wind has gone to press (usually in the summer) this will be carried over to the following year. If you are unsure about your current status please feel free to contact us direct at

Informing the Inklings (New Book!)

Magdalen College, where C.S. Lewis taught in Oxford, was an appropriate site for the “Informing the Inklings” conference hosted by the George MacDonald Society. Participants explored how MacDonald and fellow literary figures such as S.T. Coleridge, Lewis Carroll, Charles Kingsley, and Andrew Lang paved the way for 20th century fantasists such as C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. The twelve essays collected in this book examine this rich lineage of mythmakers. Contributors include Stephen Prickett, Malcolm Guite, Trevor Hart, and Jean Webb as well as other Inklings experts. Like the authors they write about, these scholars believe imaginative fiction has the power to enrich and even change our lives.

"This marvelous collection of essays appeals to both the intellect and the imagination, drawing us to consider stories from a past generation as doorways for meaning and transformation today. The connection between George MacDonald and his circle to C. S. Lewis and his circle has never been made so clear."

Bruce R. Johnson, General Editor of Sehnsucht: The C. S. Lewis Journal.

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Roger Bardet (-2020)

Sadly, I must advise that Roger Bardet, the Society's former Secretary and Treasurer, passed away on the 1st June. Roger stood down from both roles in December, but continued to support the Society.

Richard Lines (1942-2017)

It is with sadness that we record the sudden passing of the Society's Chairman Richard lines on the 18th April 2017. His erudition and good humour will be sadly missed by everyone that knew him and our condolences go to his wife Anna and family.

George MacDonald Bicentenary 2024

The bicentenary of George MacDonald's birth in 2024 is a significant date for all those who admire his work and thought. To facilitate conversations on how we can use this occasion to celebrate his achievement and bring it to the attention of a wider audience we have set up a Facebook Group. While under the auspices of the George MacDonald Society we hope those involved there will be a much wider and more varied community. This is intended to be a place where we can coordinate, support each other, bounce ideas, dream and in due course hopefully plan together. It will enable us all to be on the same page wherever we might be geographically. While a closed group (only members can see posts) please do feel free to invite anyone you know who you think might be interested in supporting, participating or planning an event or activity. It is a blank page for us all to write on.