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Spring meeting 2024

The Spring meeting will be an outing to the Museum of the Home (formerly the Geffrye Museum) in Hoxton, and will take place on Friday, 19th April. Details of how to sign up for this meeting will be included in the Spring Mailing to members.

Bicentenary booklet available

On 24 June 2023 the Charlotte Mary Yonge Fellowship joined forces with the Hampshire Field Club and Archaeological Society for a day in Otterbourne and Hursley to celebrate the 200th birthday of CMY. We are making the publication to accompany the day available ( in the hope that the booklet will enable readers to follow in CMY’s footsteps through Otterbourne and Hursley, and increase their enjoyment and understanding of her works. The booklet includes trails around the two villages with information about buildings CMY would have known.

Charlotte Mary Yonge : Writing the Victorian Age

We are delighted to announce the publication of Charlotte Mary Yonge: Writing the Victorian Age edited by Clare Walker Gore, Clemence Schultze and Julia Courtney. This collection of essays (many by CMYF members) celebrates Yonge’s literary achievement and explores her work in context. CMYF members will receive a publisher’s flyer in 2023 offering a substantial discount on the book.

Victorian Transformations conference 24/25 May 2023

Charlotte M Yonge will feature prominently at a  conference on Victorian Transformations hosted by Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies in collaboration with CMYF on 24-25 May 2023. The call for papers closes on 15 January 2023. This will be a hybrid conference at the Weetwood Hall Conference Centre and online.

December book group

The book group on 10 December 2022 will be a discussion on CMY and Christian Names – her great work, plus her use of names, plus Are You Called after a CMY character?  

Looking forward to book group meetings in 2023

In 2023, to celebrate CMY’s bicentenary, we shall be discussing some of her most significant works: 11 February The Little Duke (her first real historical story – not counting Kenneth – and her first serial in The Monthly Packet 13 May Scenes and Characters (the very first of the linked novels) + The Two Sides of the Shield (its sequel) 12 August (the day after The Birthday!) The Heir of Redclyffe  (her best-known work) 11 November The Carbonels + Founded on Paper (her story based on her parents’, and her own, early years in Otterbourne, with its sequel, dealing with the same village in the 1890s, thus bracketing CMY’s own life) 9 December A light-hearted discussion on Who You Would Cast as any CMY characters in a (sadly unlikely to happen) film or televisation of any of her books. All the books are available online. Some are very well known and others (particularly Founded on Paper) may be unfamiliar

CMYF AGM and Autumn Meeting 19 November 2022

The AGM and Autumn Meeting will be held via Zoom on Saturday 19 November 2022 10:45 AGM (agenda in mailing sent to members) 12:00  Dr Ellen Jordan ‘To occupy the clever young ladies’; Charlotte Yonge and middle-class girls’ education 12:45 Break for refreshment 13:40 Dr Sue Anderson-Faithful : ‘Charlotte Yonge, the Girls’ Friendly Society and the Mothers’ Union’ 14:40 Contributions from members

November bookclub: Dynevor Terrace

The November bookclub is scheduled for 3pm GMT on Saturday 12 November. Dynevor Terrace, published in 1857, comes immediately after The Daisy Chain and before Hopes and Fears, while it overlaps with The Young Stepmother (1861, but serialised in The Monthly Packet 1856-60). It is therefore among the group of novels of CMY’s early prime. She herself grouped it with The Heir, Heartsease, and Hopes and Fears as having ‘some sort of analogy to the four seasons’. Dynevor Terrace seems intended to represent Winter.

CMY and the death of Queen Victoria in 1901

A week after the Queen’s death, Charlotte M. Yonge reflected on the state of deep mourning that prevailed throughout the country: “I suppose Torquay is one mass of black, and everyone telling of having been the last to get some thing needful. It is altogether solemn and beautiful the fit close of the life.” (Letter of 29 January 1901, to her friend Christabel Coleridge, who lived at Torquay.)