Death of Geraint's Daughter.
Mfanwy Lumsden the first President of the society died peacefully on March 16th 2016, aged 82.
Newtown Plaque Listed.
The society was successful in requesting that the Plaque to Geraint Goodwin in Newtown be added to the list of writers plaques.
The Plaque is on the wall of Barclays bank at 3 The Cross, Newtown.
BBC Radio Wales Mentioned Formation of Society
on their Mid Wales page at http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/midwales/hi/people_and_places/arts_and_culture/newsid_8819000/8819198.stm
First International Reader Welcomed In Australia
The lady had purchased 'The Heyday In The Blood' and proposed introducing it to her small local reading group.
Connections Made With The Mary Webb Society
Soon after the formation of The Geraint Goodwin Society, Our Chair, Mary Oldham gave a talk about Geraint Goodwin to The Mary Webb Society https://www.marywebbsociety.co.uk
Geraint met Mary when they were both working in London and upon Mary's death he wrote 'Mary Webb: A Memoir'. it was published in the Everyman edition May2nd 1929.
Mary Oldham gave a further talk to the Arwystli Society entitled 'Geraint Goodwin: An Authors Life From Newtown To Montgomery'
Spanish University Interest
The society was contacted by Dr Maria F Garcia-Bermejo Giner of The University of Salamanca literary department regarding Goodwin's novel 'Come Michaelmas. The University was seeking a copy of the novel as an excellent example of the Shropshire dialect and had been directed to the novel via a reference to Geraint Goodwin in Lucien Leclaires 'A General Analytical Biography of The Regional Novelists of The British Isles 1800- 1950' The novel was set in Moreton, a border town which in reality is Newtown, Mid Wales. Many words in the novel, such as 'Canna', 'Danna' and 'Summat' are of Shropshire origin. The society was able to locate a copy of the now out of print novel. It was to be transcribed and kept on record for their literary dept. we were delighted that Geraint's last and darkest novel had travelled to Spain.
Review of Geraint Goodwin's Life and Work Published
Dr James Whetter has published a book entitled 'Geraint Goodwin:His life and Work' It has been reviewed for Newtown's local history magazine 'The Newtonian' (Go to Reviews' in Menu).
Poems From a First Sheaf CD produced
The society has recorded readings of 12 of Geraint's poems written when a young man. Many are quite poignant and are a reflection of his life and thoughts. The poems were read by a society Member Jennifer Whelan and are accompanied by music composed by another member Jordan Bradley. Enquiries please via the Drop Me A Line Contact Button on Home Page