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hesperie



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 9:02 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Someone has asked about Mary Hocking. I met Mary Hocking when she came to our religious community, The Anchorhold,  in Haywards Heath Sussex. She came there seeking spiritual advice from Father Slade. I was given the task of teaching her the Tai Chi. She was a very apt pupil and had a spiritual emanation of her own enhanced by the tai chi practice. She was a very rational person with a sense of humor. She could detect the hidden aspects of personality i.e. see behind the ridiculous masks that people wear. I do not know whether she is still alive but she lived in Lewes near Church row. The last news I had of her was that she had changed religion to become a roman catholic. I retain a very happy memory of our friendship. Incidently she also wrote poetry. I do not know whether she is still alive but I guess she might be in her eighties.


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Apple



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello hesperie
hello1
Just noticed you were another newbie on board, (sorry to detrail the thread) but just spotted your first post and wanted to say hello and welcome the board, from me, Apple!


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chris-l



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for adding that information, hesperie. How long ago was it that you met Mary Hocking? According to the information given in my copy of 'Good Daughters', she was born in 1921, so by now would be 90 or 91.

Welcome to the board: I look forward to hearing more from you!


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hesperie



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mary Hocking came to the Anchorhold in1982. I found a letter from her this morning. she is concerned about that modern state of mind which is "racing and unquiet, longing for stillness which we are unable to achieve" she explains how her vocation as a novelist is taken up seeking the right words which "flows over into her prayer life becoming an extension of my  failure to find the right word" "I find myself treating God as the great proof reader"
      Mary was seeking a solution to this problem through oriental methods which she had heard about from the bishop of Winchester. She wanted proper guidance and not just an unguided "self indulgent experience."
     I'll probably come across some more material when my office is better organized. I'll let you know.


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hesperie



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Letter from Mary Hocking dated 1996: Dear David, I send my easter greetings to the Anchorhold,I must express penitence! I have been feeling so guilty that I haven't been in touch to thank you for the Christmas presents.
At Tymawr, plentifully armed with books ,I had flu and had to stay for four extra days to recover, during which time books did not get read. I have had a lot to do on a new move, and the last one is due out on the 18th April and is interfering somewhat with the new one. So I am in rather a muddle.How do you feel about Kathleen Raine?She seems to be so intensely concerned with herself, in spite of her mystical leanings (Kathleen died in 2003) . Have you read Braudel's The Mediterranean? Marvellous...............Mary Hocking


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chris-l



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been trying to work this infomation into what I know about Mary Hocking, which is basically confined to what can be gleaned from her bibliography. As far as I can tell, her last published work was 'Safari West', which did indeed appear in 1996. This is not a novel, but a book about West Penwith, in Cornwall. I'm not sure what 'the new one' she refers to in her letter might have been - maybe she found herself unable to finish it. Did she, from what you know of her, live in Cornwall? In 'Good Daughters', the mother's family are Cornish, I think. All very intriguing!


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hesperie



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 4:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Chris,
          I notice that Mary Hocking is listed in the white pages in Lewes. She may be amenable to an interview. You can mention my name David Smith from the Anchorhold. I hope she is well, she was a very robust kind of person. I hope in quoting her, I have not verged on indiscretion. This site is excellently conceived and intelligently contributed to.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 5:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hesperie wrote:
This site is excellently conceived and intelligently contributed to.


Thanks for that, hesperie - that is really good to hear!

Please do stay around, look around the other parts of the board, and join in. We'd be more than pleased to se eyou here regularly!



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 6:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, hesperie, your info. has led me to look up Mary's novels for my wife who I think would like them.  


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chris-l



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is an amazing piece of news! Thank you so much for taking the trouble to respond. I'm not sure that I have the courage to contact her directly - although I suspect few authors are unhappy to recieve letters from admirers of their work. Perhaps I need to make an effort to read a little more first.

I never thought when I started this topic that it would lead to a direct response from someone who actually knew Mary Hocking.



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