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Durham University

Centre for Catholic Studies


The Keys appoints new Master: Dr James Kelly, St Cuthbert’s Society Fellow at the CCS

(5 December 2012)

Dr James Kelly, St Cuthbert’s Society Fellow at Durham University’s Centre for Catholic Studies, has been named the new Master of the Catholic Writers’ Guild. James, a post-doctoral fellow in Early Modern English Catholicism, will become the youngest head of the London branch of the guild, which was founded in the 1930s by G K Chesterton.
Dr Kelly, has written for, amongst others, BBC History Magazine, Standpoint, The Catholic Times, The Tablet, The Universe and The Times online, and will be responsible for arranging the guild’s programme for the year.
Speaking of his appointment, Dr Kelly said: “I am delighted to have accepted the role of Master of the Catholic Writers’ Guild. Whilst on one level it is a daunting position when one considers those who have previously held the role, it is also a great honour to be recognized by one’s peers in such a way. I would also like to express my thanks to the outgoing Master, Mary Kenny, for her work in ensuring that the guild continues as a thriving society”.
Previous Masters of the Guild include novelist Piers Paul Read and the well-known journalists Melanie McDonagh and Mary Kenny. The Guild was set up to provide mutual help, encouragement and support for Catholic writers and journalists and to host talks and lectures on subjects of interest.