I have never concealed the fact that I regarded him as my master; indeed I fancy I have never written a book in which I did not quote from him. But it has not seemed to me that those who have received my books kindly take even now sufficient notice of the affiliation. Honesty drives me to emphasize it.

2024 Bicentenary Conference.

Together with the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College, the George MacDonald Society is excited to announce a conference on MacDonald's 'Prophetic Imagination'. 2024 is the bicentenary of MacDonald's birth (1824-1905), and to celebrate this significant event and promote MacDonald's legacy we are planning an exciting three-day gathering (29-31 May 2024) which will include an evening lecture event with Malcolm Guite, panel discussions, and papers on various aspects of MacDonald's life and works, displays of MacDonald memorabilia and books, and artistic events that creatively respond to MacDonald's works. Attendees will also have the opportunity to see and use the Wade Center's extensive collection of MacDonald resources. This will be the first major conference on MacDonald in North America in over fifteen years--not one to miss!

Details of our Keynote Speakers are already on the Conference Registration page.
More speakers and participants will be confirmed in the coming weeks!

If you are new to George MacDonald, or looking for a short overview of his life and writings (including a full Bibliography), we suggest you start with this Biographical Introduction from MacDonald scholar Kirstin Jeffrey Johnson.

YouTube channel

Our YouTube channel is the latest extension to the George MacDonald Society's activities. Here you will find recordings of online events hosted by the Society, and short “Spells in the Library” featuring George MacDonald's writings by the Society's president Malcolm Guite. Subscribe to the channel ensure that you are aware of additions as they are published.

North Wind Journal

The Society publishes annually (now online) a respected academic journal, North Wind which carries articles related to George MacDonald's life and work, reviews of new books, and other publications relevant to MacDonald Studies.

Faceboook Group

The George MacDonald Society on Facebook Page is a place where you can chat, publish news and make new friends who are also admirers of George MacDonald.


An occasional newsletter, Orts is also produced to provide news of events, meetings, lectures and any other information of interest to our members.


Membership of the George MacDonald Society is open to everyone and is valid for 12 months.

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