ALSo… The Journal of the Alliance of Literary Societies 2021 – “Parody: The Writer in Lockdown”


You may be a member of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London– but did you know that the Society is itself a member of the Alliance of Literary Societies?

The Alliance of Literary Societies is the umbrella organisation for literary societies and groups in the UK. It was formed in 1973 and currently has around 125 member societies. The president is Claire Harman.

The ALS provides support and advice on a variety of literary subjects, as well as promoting cooperation between member societies. Each year it has a weekend event hosted by a different member society.

The 2021 issue of the ALS journal is out now. The topic this year is “Parody: The Writer in Lockdown”. The articles in this issue are:

  •     “Dr Johnson: On Waking From My Slumber in the Year of Our Lord 2020” by Phil Jones

  •     “Expostulation and Reply (Virtually) (Wordsworth)” by  John Strachan

  •     “Charles Lamb” by R. M. Healey

  •     “The Sharp-Nosed Frog (written while ‘self-isolating’ in Rome) (Keats)” by Duncan Wu

  •     “Mr Borrow’s Quarantine (George Borrow)” by Simon Keeton

  •     “Lockdown for Hopkins” by Kelsey Thornton

  •     “Tandem Liberi (Gerard Manley Hopkins)” by Hoon Manley

  •     “Writer in Lockdown (A. E. Housman)” by Linda Hart

  •     “How to Live (Gertrude Stein)” by R. M. Healey

  •     “Gertrude Stein: The Unmaking of an American” by Maurice Sterne

  •     “Remembrance of Things Lost: Parody of Scott Moncrieff’s English Translation of Proust” by Phil Jones

  •     “Right Ho, Lockdown! (P. G. Wodehouse)” by George Emerson

  •     “At the Restaurant (Percy Wyndham Lewis)” by Alan Munton

  •     “Letter to Wyndham Lewis (T. S. Eliot)” by Geoffrey Elborn

  •     “Meeting in Saint-Germain-des-Prés (Hemingway)” by Robert Wilson

  •     “Desultory Observation (Geoffrey Grigson)” by Chris Martin

  •     “Malone Awakes (Samuel Beckett)” by Phil Jones

  •     “Author in Covid (Betjeman)” by Peter Wright

  •     “Ted in Lockdown” by R. M. Healey


You can read or download ALSo… 2021 here:

We’re in distinguished company in the Alliance, alongside the likes of the Jerome K Jerome Society, the Robert Louis Stevenson Club, the Oscar Wilde Society, the J.M. Barrie Literary Society, the Kipling Society, the Dickens Fellowship, the Lewis Carroll Society, the Wilkie Collins Society, the Dracula Society, the John Buchan Society, the P.G. Wodehouse Society – and the Royal Society of Literature!

You’ll find the ALS website at 

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