Annual General Meeting & a talk by our Honorary Patron Eleanor Fitzsimons

Our AGM this year will be held via Zoom. You will have received an email with the Zoom login details. We hope to see many of you on our screens.

Following the AGM, there will be a talk by our wonderful honorary patron, Eleanor Fitzsimons.

Below is the agenda of the meeting and a brief about the talk.

AGENDA

  • Welcome and introductions
  1. Approval of the minutes of the previous AGM
  2. Chairman’s report
  3. Hon. Secretary’s report
  4. Hon. Treasurer’s report
  5. Membership subscriptions for 2022/23
  6. Website and social media
  7. The Wildean
  8. Other publications
  9. Elections for the Committee 2022/2023
  10. Elections of Honorary Officers of the Society for 2022/2023
  11. Hon. Secretary – Hon. Treasurer – Chairman
  12. Appointed members for 2022/2023
  13. Members’ comments and questions
  14. Close of meeting
  • Illustrated Zoom talk “Oscar Wilde the Irishman” by Eleanor Fitzsimons:EleanorWhen Henry James met Oscar Wilde in Washington in 1882, he confessed to the young Irish man who was causing such a stir in America, that he was “nostalgic for London.” “Really?” Wilde replied. “You care for places? The world is my home.” Oscar Wilde was an internationalist who valued the richness of diversity, language and culture. Yet, as George Bernard Shaw remarked so astutely: “It must not be forgotten that though by culture Wilde was a citizen of all civilised capitals, he was at root a very Irish Irishman, and, as such, a foreigner everywhere but in Ireland.”Wilde spent most of his adult life in England and produced all but his earliest poetry there. After he was released from prison, in 1887, he retreated into self imposed exile in France. Yet Ireland was his birthplace, his touchstone, and his home during his formative years. So just how Irish was Oscar Wilde? How did his nationality inform his ideas and output? How embedded was he, if at all, in the vibrant Irish community of artists, thinkers and writers who called London home during the 1880s and 1890s?