25th June 2008
'Dear Flashman Society Members
I'm writing to let you know that a memorial service has been planned for GMF at St Johns, Smith Square, SW1 on the morning of the 8th July at 11.00am. It’s planned that the service will celebrate his life and works, reflect the things that he held dear to him, and with content including readings from his Flashman works by Joss Ackland, along with recollections of his time in the military, his love of adventure and comedy, films etc. Speakers include Melvyn Bragg, Sir Max Hastings and the author and critic D.J Taylor. Alex Norton will also be reading from GMF's McAuslan works. The tone is one of celebration and humour and is expected to last for approximately an hour and a half. The celebration is open to all with no ticket invitations required.
-New membership is currently suspended, following the death of George MacDonald Fraser
Plans to re-structure and re-focus the society are currently in progress.
The society will be producing, for current members a memorial edition of the society journal.
UPDATE JAN 2008
GEORGE MACDONALD FRASER DIED Aged 82
Wednesday 2nd January 2008
I am sure most of you will be aware of the sad news of George Macdonald
Although George was 82 I still feel shocked that he is no longer with us. I am particularly moved because, as always, at Christmas he remembered us sending a Christmas with best wishes enquiring after the Flashman Society, Chairman David and my family. His last note was a recommendation for 'Breath of Corruption' by his daughter Caro Fraser. I have since learnt that this was mostly likely from the Hospice where he was receiving care. George had been ill for sometime, but wished to trouble no one. I am assured that George received marvellous care. His end was peaceful, he wasn't in pain and all his family with him.
On behalf of all the members and contributors to the Flashman Society over the last ten years, and indeed all readers of Flashman for the last 38 years, I'd like to say how sorry we are and how George will be missed; as a writer, historian and journalist he was unequalled. He made us laugh; and through the frank pen of the 'Brigadier' he instilled in us an appreciation of truth and honesty in a way no other could. Values which will stay with us all.
The funeral will be 11th January, at St. Andrews Church, Douglas, IOM followed by a private family cremation.
The family have requested family flowers only.
Donations in lieu should be sent to:
The Isle of Man Hospice.
Isle of Man.
I have spoken with David and we are planning to send a letter and memorial edition of the DAD to all Society members and associates past and present.
UPDATE DEC 2008
George Macdonald Fraser Released 'The Reavers' Oct 2007
Another fantastic Romp in the style of 'The Pyrates' Stereo Technicolor with added Flynn!
Imagine Elizabethan England, perhaps with a 1940's Hollywood film crew lurking in the bushes to catch action, with extras from the Wizard of Oz sneaking in on the action. A dastardly Spanish plot to take over the throne is uncovered. It's up to Agent Archie Noble [Pose check hair, remove lipstick from cheek] to save Queen [Never has she looked better] and country [Never was England finder or Greener] in this saucy Technicolor and swashbuckling romp.
George wrote this one for the hell it! Show off! George knows the country and setting well, 'the borders' as written in CANDLEMASS ROAD, the tongue in cheek pass at current politics are strong seemingly out of place but bang on! His knowledge of history and the era of Hollywood swashbuckling that inspired him shine through.
This pure is the true Fraser as we've never read before, flowing and brimming with his wit and humour, filled with everything that we know inspired him history, story telling, Flynn-Hollywood, bosom quivering humour and the land of his birth, Carlisle and the borders.
UPDATE Oct 2007
Membership renewal extended to 2008 Unfortunately the production of the journals this year was interrupted by my relocating and a death in the Chairman's family. Members do not need to worry about Renewing membership Subs determined by the number of journals sent rather the length of membership. Some New memberships have been delayed but will be processed as soon as possible. Thankee Max
UPDATE "ROYAL FLASH" DVD
The Dvd of the Royal Flash has finally been released. After years of pestering 20th Century Fox, Richard Lester and his agent, the society campaign to have the film released on DVD has finally paid off. Society member Big George Webley was interviewed (in my place lucky fellow I was moving house) along with DJ Taylor and others for one of the documentaries.
This is a highly recommended film; it has aged well - better than many period adventure films of the 1970's which at the time did better at the box office and is well worth buying! Thankee Max
ROYAL FLASH DVD
UPDATE Sept 2007
New Contact Addresses added in:
UPDATE Aug 2007
Throughout the Spring I had various contacts regarding the Re-Release of the Royal Flash. Interviews and Documentaries are being film for inclusion with the Re-master DVD edition.
UPDATE 12th May 2005
George Macdonald Fraser is appearing at Hay-on-Wye Festival Sun 29th May Hay-on-wye 2.30PM £7
Visit http://www.hayfestival.com/2005/index.html for details or download http://www.hayfestival.com/2005/DOWNLOAD/PDF/hay_programme_05.pdf
A Festival of Books and Drama is planned for August/September when
members of the public will be able to meet the patrons of the Book
Town, Eric Robson, George Macdonald Fraser and Professor Tony Seaton.
The Festival will offer a varied programme with three original plays,
several "meet the author" sessions, story-telling fun for children,
lectures on the technicalities of books etc.
6th May 2005
SIGNING WATERSTONES MANCHESTER
*Venue Change* The Manchester signing has changed venue!
The signing/reading will now be held in the Deansgate branch.
Tickets will be £3 on the door, for those who paid £5 - £5 off the Flashman on the March is being offered.
SIGNING WATERSTONES MANCHESTER
20th April 2005
George Macdonald Fraser at Manchester University
Meet George Macdonald Fraser who will be reading from and signing copies of his new book in the Flashman series, 'Flashman on the March', at Manchester University on Tuesday 10th May at 7pm.
Tickets: £5. Available from Waterstone's Manchester Deansgate.
Manchester M3 2BW
Tel: 0161 837 3000
2005 35th Anniversary of the Flashman Papers
New pages added 11th April
For the 35th Anniversary of the Flashman Papers:
Read 35 years of Praise for the Flashman!
35 years of praise.htm
Flashman Playboy Serializations
17th Feb 2005
21st Jan 2005
Flash for Freedom(!) Radio
We've have just learnd that the BBC and GMF are getting together with
Joss Ackland again to make another two part special - Flash for
The recording starts soon. I will post details as they become
oh aye - "THIS BBC BROADCASTING HOUSE SAYING..." - thank'ee!
Book Signings & readings
12:30pm Tues April 5th Hatchards, Piccadilly London
http://www.hatchards.co.uk/ Check Events
NAM Tues April 5th See Below
2:30pm Sat April 9th
Isle of Man, Douglas
26th April 1.00pm
Theatre Royal Glasgow
|April NATIONAL ARMY MUSEUM|
Listen to George MacDonald Fraser in conversation with biographer and journalist DJ Taylor looking back on his life and novels, his autobiographical works and in particular the twelfth instalment of the Flashman papers Flashman on the March, new on the shelves in April 2005. Guests will be invited to ask questions and a book signing will take place after the lecture. A full range of Mr MacDonald Fraser's books will be available to purchase from the Shop.
George MacDonald Fraser speaks at the Museum on 5th April 2005. Doors open at 6.30pm to allow guests to visit the Museum Shop. The lecture begins at 7.00pm and will be followed at 8.30pm by a book signing in the lower foyer.
Tickets are available at the NAM Shop or by mail order on 020 7730 0717 ext. 2240. Purchase in advance of the event is recommended.
|George MacDonald Fraser|
NEW FLASHMAN COVER
The paperbacks of Flashman now have a new 35th Anniversary covers:
Page Update Flashman on the March
19th Jan 2005
Links for Flashman Wallpapers:
There is the Frank Frazetta Flashman to download at:
19th Jan 2005
Written by Terence Chua
"I wrote it because, well, there weren't any Flashman songs. I love the books, as I
am an historian-in-training...I tried to do it in the style of a pub drinking song."
Events page fixed
Contacts page updated:
Yahoo Group information paged added:
19th Jan 2005
New Home Page "News" Started.