To date, there have been seven major gatherings of Shutists:
In addition to the major international gatherings, local gatherings have taken place in the UK and USA.
A play of "Requiem for a Wren" was put at Exbury house in June 2005.
In April 2004, John Stanley launched his new book "The Exbury Junkers" at Exbury House where David & Kate Dawson-Taylor represented the foundation.
In the UK, a local gathering was held on 15th and 16th May 2004 at the Gateway to York Hotel in YORK.
A further mini-convention was held in Oxford in May 2006, organised by John Anderson
Alison Jenner organised a weekend in Dartmouth UK in May 2008.
A gathering of Shutists took place at Shrewsbury School, UK, over the weekend of 25/26th June 2010. Click here to see a narrative report by Andy Burgess.
Phil Nixon orgsanised a weekend at White Waltham on 19th and 20th May 2012 which was enjoyed by about 20 Shute enthusiasts
The inaugural meeting of the English Forum of the Nevil Shute Foundation took place at 14 Helena Road, Southsea (the home of Nevil Shute from 1936 - 1940) on Saturday 6th October 2012, thanks to the generosity of Mrs James, the present owner.
Seven enthusiasts were present, and we discussed "What Happened to the Corbetts". It was interesting to observe how the conversation ranged beyond the subject novel, and we all enjoyed the two hours we were able to be together.
|Andy Burgess, David Dawson-Taylor,Andy Poole, Philip Nixon, |
Rebecca Nelson-Enes, Peter Wiles, Kate Dawson-Taylor
Another meeting is tentatively planned for Spring 2013, venue and subject to be decided, but keep an eye on the newsletter where details will be promulgated.
In the USA, there are regular gatherings (locally known as "Chapters"), all a direct result of the efforts of dedicated USA Shutist Art Cornell. For information on existing local USA chapters, contacts, and scheduled activities, see below. Those interested in forming a local chapter might like to contact Art Cornell. He obviously knows how to go about it!
In March 1992, the New Jersey Nevil Shute Society was founded in Montclair, New Jersey by Paul Shein and Art Cornell. Stephen and Pat Holzel brilliantly and enthusiastically led the Chapter from early 1993 until July 2007.
Subsequent to the 2001 Biennial Conference in Australia, Shute enthusiasts from other parts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania joined the Chapter. A number of Eastern Pennsylvanians joined the group as well as a dedicated couple from New York City.
As the geographical composition of the group expanded, a name change became necessary. In July 2007, the chapter was renamed the "Tri-State Shute Book Society.&qquot; Over the years, the group has met in members' homes, local libraries and restaurants. In 2007, after 14 memorable years, the Holzels passed the baton to Laura Schneider. Beall Fowler is our Facilitator and our discussions have been greatly enhanced because of him! The chapter meets four times a year on Saturday or Sunday afternoons alternating between Central New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania.
The Tri-State members have been a steady presence at all the Nevil Shute Foundation Biennial Conferences and the group will be represented in the upcoming biennial conference in Tasmania. We're very proud that chapter members have given presentations at each of the seven conferences.
For a schedule of coming meetings, contact Laura at email@example.com
The Colorado Nevil Shute Chapter was founded by Art Cornell at OZ2001 for the six Colorado residents who met there. The first meeting was held in Littleton, Colorado in May 2001. They average about twelve people at each quarterly gathering held at a member's home, sharing a potluck meal and "show and tell" of items of interest from our chosen Nevil Shute title for discussion. New members and visitors are welcome.
Please E-mail Babette Hills if you will be visiting the Rocky Mountains or wish to join our fascinating group. We now have a Colorado Chapter web site developed by Candace Ruiz.
To access it click here.
The Cape Cod Nevil Shute Chapter began shortly after Art and Joan Cornell moved to Cape Cod Massachusetts in 1999.
Previously they had lived in New Jersey where they started reading Nevil Shute.
It was there they fell in love with his books and thought they would enjoy meeting other Shute readers.
Art and Joan live now on Cape Cod only two miles from where Donald Ross in An Old Captivity landed his seaplane and found the stone left by the Vikings.
The Nevil Shute Newsletter of April 1, 2002 describes how Art found the stone again.
Our Chapter has a web site with our History, Meetings, Members and Minutes of meetings. To see it click here