Newsletter - The Defendant

Current edition

Autumn 2018

Chesterton’s greatest exercise of historical speculation was his essay, ‘If Don John of Austria had married Mary Queen of Scots’, and the opening article in this issue examines how Chesterton ‘reimagined’ the past. Other articles look at the contribution to Chesterton’s work of his secretary, Dorothy Collins; the weaknesses of the current Father Brown TV series; Chesterton’s autobiography as a mystery novel; stories about Chesterton’s home, Top Meadow, and an Australian memory of the town of Beaconsfield in which he lived; and details on the October 2018 Australian Chesterton conference.

Table of contents

  • Reimagining the Past – A Chesterton Vision (Karl Schmude)
  • The Daughter the Chestertons Never Had (Aidan Mackey)
  • The Latest Father Brown on TV
  • Chesterton’s Autobiography: Father Brown Solves the Mystery (Chene Heady)
  • Chesterton’s Beaconsfield: Top Meadow (Karl Schmude)
  • Australian Memory of Beaconsfield (David van Gend)
  • Christopher Dawson Conferences in Australia (Hobart and Perth)
  • Rebirth of Hilaire Belloc Society in the UK
  • 2018 Chesterton Conference at Campion College

Previous editions

Summer 2018

Chesterton cherished a special love of the small and the concrete, and the lead article highlights the town of Beaconsfield which he loved. Other articles focus on the admiration for Chesterton of the British comedy writers, Frank Muir and Denis Norden, a review of a book of essays on Chesterton, and The Poet and the Lunatics as the book chosen in the Desert Island Chesterton series.

Table of contents

  • The Little Town That Chesterton Loved (Aidan Mackey)
  • Farewell to Much-Loved Friends (Karl Schmude)
  • Comedians Who Delighted in Chesterton
  • Chesterton and the Crocodile (Garry Nieuwkamp)
  • Christopher Dawson Conferences
  • Desert Island Chesterton (Siobhan Reeves)

Spring 2017

This issue comprises articles on a range of topics, including Chesterton’s ability as a radio broadcaster, his writing of hymns, and the continuing importance of his first novel, The Napoleon of Notting Hill. Other articles focus on figures of cultural interest and importance, particularly Fr John O’Connor, the priest on whom Chesterton based the character of Father Brown; the Australian poet James McAuley; and the American educator, John Senior.

Table of contents

  • Chesterton as a Broadcaster (Tony Evans)
  • A Modern Chestertonian - Dawn Eden (David Ryan)
  • Composing Hymns with James McAuley (Richard Connolly)
  • The Music of Chesterton (Simon Dennerly)
  • The Senior Syllabus -As It Should Be (Dale Ahlquist)
  • The Man Behind Father Brown (John Young)
  • Desert Island Chesterton - The Napoleon of Notting Hill (Francis Phillips)

Winter 2017

Chesterton invoked the metaphor of colour in describing the state of education as a 'broken rainbow' - the disorder of colour reflecting the loss of a colour scheme and a lack of intellectual order. The Winter 2017 issue contains articles on this and other topics, including the first in a new series, Desert Island Chesterton, in which writers will discuss the Chesterton book they would choose in the event of being marooned.

Table of contents

  • The 'Broken Rainbow' of Education (Karl Schmude)
  • Australia - The Distributist Experiment (Garrick Small)
  • Father Brown (John Young and Charlie Hegarty)
  • Chesterton - and the Condescension of the Elites
  • The Man Who Was Thursday - on a Desert Island (Philippa Martyr)

Summer 2017

This issue explores the intriguing links between Chesterton and the leaders of the modern communications revolution, notably Marshall McLuhan and Steve Jobs. There are also major articles by the well-known journalist, Greg Sheridan, and an American scholar, Joseph Stuart, about a famous Christopher Dawson essay on 'the bourgeois mind'.

Table of contents

  • Marshall McLuhan – The Medium Was Chesterton / Chesterton and the Book of Jobs (Karl Schmude)
  • Chesterton: The Journalist as An Artist (Greg Sheridan)
  • Bourgeois or Baroque? A Christopher Dawson Essay (Joseph T. Stuart)
  • Australian Chesterton Website

Spring 2016

Chesterton wrote articles every year on the theme of Christmas, often for more than one journal or newspaper. The lead article, ‘Christmas Must Go,’ highlights Chesterton’s ironic touch in mocking the pretensions of modernity and calling for a deeper understanding of Christmas.

Table of contents

  • Christmas Must Go
  • An Autobiography Revisited
  • Dealing Life: A Review of Manalive
  • Did Chesterton Predict Brexit?
  • Defending the Fences
  • If Chesterton Had Been Irish?
  • The Nativity

Winter 2016

Chesterton had a singular gift for inspiring and not simply influencing his readers. Most, one would assume, were people who instinctively shared his perspectives and values, but there were also those who would have to be regarded as surprisingly affected by his writings.

Table of contents

  • The Unexpected Chestertonians
  • Documenting Chesterton’s Writings: An Interview With His Bibliographer
  • Chesterton at Campion College
  • The Most Famous Chesterton Quote – But Was it Chesterton’s?
  • Walking in the Path of Belloc
  • Christopher Hitchens and Peter Craven

Autumn 2016

One of the fascinating features of the revival of interest in Chesterton is its international scope.

Table of contents

  • The Global Chesterton
  • Chesterton in Oxford
  • The Italian Connection
  • Chesterton Society in Japan
  • A Chesterton Centre in Africa
  • A New Biography of Chesterton
  • Chesterton in Debate

Summer 2016

G.K. Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc would no longer be so readily associated in the public mind as they once were.

Table of contents

  • Remembering the 'Chesterbelloc'
  • Reflections on the 'Chesterbelloc'
  • My Path to Belloc
  • Belloc in Australia
  • The Prophetic Insights of Hilaire Belloc
  • Chesterton the Metaphysician

Spring 2015

The feast of Christmas has a natural connection with both Chesterton and children.

Table of contents

  • The Child Who Was Chesterton
  • Conference on Chesterton and the Convert Cardinals
  • Introducing Chesterton to Children
  • The Elves have Left the Building
  • Chesterton and Anti-Semitism
  • Death of a Chesterton Anthologist

Winter 2015

How would G.K. Chesterton have reacted to the recent encyclical of Pope Francis, Laudate si’ (‘Praise Be To You’, taken from St Francis of Assisi’s poem of praise to God, Canticle of the Sun)?

Table of contents

  • Chesterton and Pope Francis – Early Hints of a Papal Encyclical
  • Chesterton - Theologian of the Environment?
  • Is Chesterton’s Common Man Becoming Uncommon?
  • Father Brown – The Detective Who Philosophized
  • Chesterton at Notre Dame – a Rediscovered Work
  • The Accidental Discovery of Chesterton

Autumn 2015

Greg Sheridan, Foreign Editor of The Australian newspaper, is a long-time fan of G.K. Chesterton whom he has highlighted at various times in his columns.

Table of contents

  • Greg Sheridan on Chesterton
  • Antony Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest - A Mischievous Tale
  • Chesterton’s Last Will and Testament
  • A New Canon – Updating an Everlasting Author
  • Celebrating the Common Man
  • Chesterton in Chicago – the Marion E. Wade Center

Summer 2015

Chesterton has long been celebrated for his prophetic insight, anticipating the ultimate direction of various intellectual trends. One of his least known prophecies has recently attracted new attention - his vision of the resurgence of Islam.

Table of contents

  • Chesterton and the Resurgence of Islam
  • Chesterton’s Islamic England
  • Islam in the West – A Comment
  • A New Chesterton Adventure Story for Young People
  • Chesterton Devotee Awarded the Templeton
  • Chesterton and "Peter's Friends"
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