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Anne of Green Gables – A literal and literary pilgrimage

Date: Wednesday 20 March 2019, 5:30pm to 7pm
Cost: Free. You don't need to book. Koha from non-members is appreciated.
Contact details: ATLOutreach@dia.govt.nz

Do you remember Anne of Green Gables? Join literary historian Cheryl Paget on a pilgrimage to Prince Edward Island, Canada, and sites connected with L M Montgomery’s and her famous character.

Do you remember Anne of Green Gables?

Do you remember Anne of Green Gables? Join literary historian Cheryl Paget on a pilgrimage to Prince Edward Island, Canada, and sites connected with L M Montgomery’s and her famous character.

A pilgrimage of sites connected with Anne of Green Gables

In 2016 a chance conversation with a friend led to Cheryl Paget making a pilgrimage to Prince Edward Island, Canada, and sites connected with L M Montgomery’s and her famous character Anne of Green Gables.

They visited all the properties associated with Lucy Maud Montgomery on the island, and this presentation is a recount of their trip, and a biography of her life, told through the places she loved the most and how her love of the island and home influenced her writing.

Hear from the recipient of the Friends of the Dorothy Neal White Collection research grant

Before Cheryl’s talk, Sarah Gholami, PhD candidate at Victoria University and recipient of this year’s Friends of the Dorothy Neal White Collection research grant, will introduce her research.

Sarah’s topic is All written for children? An examination of readers as implied and actual in Margaret Mahy’s picture books.

About the speaker

Currently living on the Kapiti Coast, Cheryl was born in Scotland and brought up in Suffolk, England, immigrating in 2009 to New Zealand as a single Mum with two boys.

Cheryl cites Anne of Green Gables as the biggest influence on her life, deciding at a very early age that she would go to University to study English Literature just like Anne Shirley. Cheryl completed her studies at Warwick University with an MA in Literature for Children in 1994.

The other biggest literary influence was Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons series. As the New Zealand Co-ordinator for the Arthur Ransome Society, Cheryl gets to release her inner Nancy every year when organising the society’s annual weekend get-togethers.

House with green gables

Green Gables, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Photograph by Cheryl Paget