Wednesday, 18 November 2015

News From Nowhere is Feted in Style

The Elizabeth Beeton Auditorium at the Toronto Reference Library was packed last night for William Whitla's talk on William Morris's News From Nowhere, on the 125th anniversary of its publication. Bill was as witty and erudite as ever, leaving some of us needing to re-read the book again, to absorb the element he had illuminated for us. Afterwards, a large part of the audience went to the Pilot Tavern where food and drink were consumed, and the conversation continued for hours. I think Morris would have approved!

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Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Of Interest

 Have you visited our Of Interest page recently? Click here or on the tab above. Here you'll find current and future events of interest to fans of Morris and his circle of influence. Just announced, Walker Gallery in Liverpool's Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion, featuring some paintings never before seen in public!

Picture: In The Grass, Arthur Hughes © Museums Sheffield

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Fall into Morris

Toronto has been experiencing a beautiful fall, and a busload of WMSC members enjoyed the colours and flavours of Elgin and Norfolk counties here in Ontario during a weekend visit to craft studios and places of architectural interest. You can enjoy member Lera Kotsyuba's wonderful photo gallery here on our Facebook page.

The two remaining events for the year are a much-anticipated talk by wonderful William Whitla at the Toronto Reference Library, on Morris's utopian News from Nowhere, and the annual holiday dinner, of which members will have received information in their latest mailling. Get all the details on our future events here.

Speaking of members... it’s time to renew your WMSC membership for 2016 and enjoy all the activities planned for the year, including a stained-glass tour, the annual birthday celebration (including cake!) and a special one-day symposium. Memberships run from January to December of each year.

Not yet a member? Join us here! Remember, members get priority booking for trips and other events that require registration and have limited numbers.

Photos by Lera Kotsyuba

Sunday, 13 September 2015

A Year in Morris: What a Man!

Last week was the occasion of our Annual General Meeting, hosted at the Textile Museum of Canada. The finances were presented, changes in membership fees were discussed, and the current board was re-elected, with the welcome new addition of Dr. Ann Gagné. After a pause for refreshments, past-President John Wichelow gave a lecture titled 1876: A Year in  Morris. This focus on just one year in William Morris's life gave a clear idea of his prodigious output, his personal drive, his devotion to his family, his playfulness and idealogy. With lots of illustrations and excerpts from Morris letters, this felt like a particularly personal profile, and we hope to repeat this structure in years to come. There are quite a few amazing years to cover!

Announcing Yet Another Excellent Fall Excursion

During the last few years, the WMSC has made a tradition of a short Fall excursion to some lovely part of Ontario, which is always particularly beautiful at that time of year.

This year we're heading to Port Stanley, for our Elgin and Norfolk Craft and Heritage Tour. This will take place the weekend of October 17 and 18. Visit our Future Events tab above to get all the details, including a registration form.

WMSC members will have received the opportunity to book early, but now registration is open to all and there are some spots left!

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

News From Nowhere - Discussion and Picnic

In celebration of the 125th anniversary of the publication of William Morris's News From Nowhere, a small but potent group of WMSC members attended our book discussion and picnic on Saturday, August 22.

The location was Hanlan's Point, of the Toronto Islands, a 10-minute ferry ride from downtown.

Professor William Whitla gave us a great introduction and led the discussion. For those of you who missed this, Bill will be giving a lecture this November on the same subject. Watch your inbox/mailbox for details!

The weather was perfect, the conversation was fascinating and the company was excellent. There has been a request to do something similar next summer, so if you have any suggestions as to what to read, let us know!

Monday, 3 August 2015

Change of Date!

Please note that the News from Nowhere Discussion and Picnic will now take place on Saturday, August 22. The rain date is now Sunday, August 30. Please RSVP for details. See Future Events for all the information.