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Record 30107

Reading Experience:


'Meeting held at Whinfell, Upper Redlands Rd. 23.10.’37

Alfred Rawlings in the Chair

1. The Secretary asked permission to reserve the reading of some of the minutes until after the literary part of the programme had been taken, as these minutes would bear directly upon the discussion which would necessarily follow as to the future of the Club. This permission was given and the other minutes were then read and approved.

2. Victor Alexander then gave a brief account of the career of William Fryer Harvey, followed by an appreciation and review of “We were Seven” which he had previously written for the Bootham Magazine.

3. Helen Rawlings read several of Harvey’s poems from the volume “Laughter and Ghosts[”].

4. Elizabeth T. Alexander read a chapter from “Caprimulgus”.

5. Frank Pollard read “August Heat” from Midnight House.

6. Janet Rawlings read “Patience” from Quaker Byways.

7. Charles E. Stansfield read two more poems from “Laughter and Ghosts”

8. Howard R. Smith read “The Tortoise” from Midnight House.

9. The Secretary then read the minutes referring to last time’s discussion on the Club’s future, and also two letters of resignation. These were from Edgar and Mignon Castle and from Dorothy Brain.

10. Discussion then followed.'

Century: 1900-1945
Date: 23 Oct 1937
Country: England
Time: evening
Place: city: Reading
county: Berkshire
specific address: Whinfell, Upper Redlands Road
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary reactive unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Charles E. Stansfield
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1865
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Retired schoolmaster, then administrator
Religion: Quaker or associated with the Friends
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Members of the XII Book Club
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: William Fryer Harvey
Title: Laughter and Ghosts
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Leeds : Richard Jackson, c.1919
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 30107  
  Source - Manuscript
  Author: Victor Alexander
  Title: XII Book Club Minute Book, Vol. 3 (1931-1938)
  Location: private collection
  Call no: n/a
  Page/folio: 194–8

Citation: Victor Alexander, XII Book Club Minute Book, Vol. 3 (1931-1938) private collection, p. 194–8,, accessed: 23 June 2024

Additional comments:

Material by kind permission of the XII Book Club. For further information and permission to quote this source, contact the Reading Experience Database (



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