George MacDonald and the Cambridge Apostles

Trinity Hall Cambridge, 20-22nd July, 2016

Latham Court
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Latham Lawn

Fascinating connections exist between 19th century author George MacDonald and the first generations of the Cambridge Apostles - scholars who met to discuss and debate philosophy, theology, ethics, and reform. Early Apostle F. D. Maurice was MacDonald’s friend and minister, and provided a link to other members and their associates, such as Lord Tennyson, Julius Hare, John Sterling, & Charles Kingsley. This conference will explore this network of scholars and MacDonald’s engagement with them: in particular, their active socialism, diverse writings, and fascination with S. T. Coleridge. Confirmed Keynote Speakers include Stephen Prickett, Timothy Larsen, Kerry Dearborn, Elizabeth Jay and Trevor Hart. Trinity Hall (founded 1350) was F. D. Maurice’s own College and so is particularly appropriate as a setting for our conference.

If I were called upon to mention the prettiest corner of the world, I should draw a thoughtful sigh and point the way to the gardens of Trinity Hall."
Henry James


The cost of the three-day conference is £290 (+3% surcharge if booking via PayPal). This includes the Conference Dinner in Hall (on Thursday Evening) but does NOT include any accommodation, for which see below. If you choose not to attend the Conference Dinner the delegate rate will reduce by £45.

2016 Conference Booking

Reminder - this does NOT include your accomodation which should be booked direct with the College for which see below.

You can download a .pdf of the booking form here.

If you are booking online (or paying by Bank Transfer) please let us have the full names of all delegates and details of any special requirements (diet, allergies, mobility etc.) that we should be aware of.


Accommodation in College should be booked, and paid for, direct with Trinity Hall. In order to book a bedroom for the conference please follow the link and select the dates of your stay. In the promotion code box please enter - MACDONALD and click apply, otherwise the correct availability will not show.

Student accommodation in the College is limited to 30 rooms and will be allocated on a first come basis, so we would encourage you to book early as we anticipate demand will be high. Please be aware these are single rooms with shared bathroom facilities

However, additional ensuite accommodation is also available at the Wycherley Site, some twenty minutes walk away.

The cost will be (For two nights - Weds/ Thurs)

In College - £132 Inc. VAT/ Breakfast. Shared bathroom facilities.

Wycherly Site - £216 Inc. VAT/ Breakfast. Ensuite, approx 20 minutes walk.

All rooms are single. Additional nights before or after the conference can also be booked if required, although these may not be available online until two or three months in advance of the Conference date.

Other Useful Information

  • Registration is from 11:30am to 12:30pm on the Wednesday

  • A sandwich lunch (hot lunch on Thursday) is provided each day

  • The conference will end at 4pm on the Friday

Call for Papers

Papers are invited on themes connected with George MacDonald and any of the above, together with Coleridge and the development of social realism and fantasy. Proposals (including name and institutional affiliation, CV, title of the paper, and an abstract of no more than 300 words) should be sent to by 1st March, 2016.

You can download the Call for Papers here.

We also have a poster, which you are free to use to advertise the conference more widely.

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