Readers interested in George Borrow (1803-81) are warmly recommended to visit the George Borrow Society's website at http://www.georgeborrow.org/, which is packed with information about this remarkable writer.
The Society was established in 1991 with the aim of promoting Borrow's life and works. Two substantial Bulletins a year are published consisting of news, scholarly articles and book reviews, and the Society also makes a special feature of visiting a place associated with Borrow at least once a year. So far visits have taken place to Norfolk, Berwick-on-Tweed, Cornwall, north and mid-Wales, London (Greenwich, Brompton and Richmond), Salisbury, the Isle of Man, Anglesey, Epping Forest, Tipperary in the south of Ireland, Spain (Santiago de Compostela, Madrid, Seville, Salamanca), Gibraltar, Tangier, Portugal and as far afield as St Petersburg and Debreczen in Hungary. Reports of these visits and the papers given as part of these events are published in the Bulletin.
One of the fascinating aspects of George Borrow is that he doesn't fit into neat pigeonholes! It means that he doesn't only appeal to 'Eng. Lit.' specialists but just as much to historians, linguists, and specialists in Romani Studies. This in turn ensures that the Society has a very varied membership, forming a lively community, and one of the principal aims of the George Borrow Bulletin is to offer readable, well-researched articles on a wide range of relevant topics of interest both to the general reader and to academics.
Full details about membership of the George Borrow Society will be found on its website.
The George Borrow Trust
The George Borrow Trust is a registered Charity (No. 1114630) and is a separate organisation from the George Borrow Society. Its aims are described on its website at http://www.georgeborrowtrust.org.uk and are similar to those of the Society but its main function is to offer grants. The type of projects supported include:
- Funding or contributing to funding publications on Borrow
- Travel grants for research purposes (e.g. for visits to libraries with significant Borrow manuscript holdings)
- Support towards other research expenses
- Funding to mount Borrow exhibitions
- Support for meetings, conferences or study-days devoted to Borrow
- Sponsorship of other Borrow-related activities
- Establishment of an essay prize
- Support for artwork promoting Borrow's life and works
The Trust has only modest funds and donations to support its work are always extremely welcome.