Another exciting year for the Trust is not quite over yet,
but we have made this year's awards, so I'm writing a little
early with our news.
We were so delighted this year to receive applications from
particularly appropriate candidates, and we made three equal
Dimitra Fimi from Cardiff University towards completing her
thesis on Tolkein's use of Old and Middle English texts;
Melanie Heyworth from Royal Holloway towards presenting her
paper on the Exeter Riddles at the Leeds International Medieval
Congress in July 2004;
and Carolin Esser from York University towards her expenses
in presenting papers on the naming of God in Old English manuscripts
at the Leeds and Kalamazoo congresses. These three scholars
are doing such exciting work, and came with such enthusiastic
supporting references, that our decisions were very easy.
Thank you so much for helping us to help them.
We've had more good news this year; an unprecedented level
of financial support for the Trust has come from the academic
community, with generous donations from the Teachers of Old
English in Britain and Ireland, and from the International
Society of AngloSaxonists, to whom we're very grateful. And
several academics have been extraordinarily helpful, particularly
Dr. Mary Swan of Leeds University in arranging for publicity
at the international conferences and putting us in touch with
supportive organisations and donors. The Trust really has
gained a reputation for being of great benefit to students
and scholars in need, and we are very grateful for all the
help we get from academics and the very generous friends of
the Trust, in this important work.
The set-up of the Trust remains the same, and we're delighted
that our website is now under construction: you can find details
of award winners,
how to apply, how to donate, who we are and what everyone
thinks about it
on: www.lynnegrundytrust.org.uk and you can email us directly
there. This site should greatly increase our ability to reach
potential beneficiaries, but will not replace the good old
post for those who like to receive the newsletter, nor indeed
for sending out application cards and receiving applications.
It's a great priviledge for us to be involved in the Trust,
and to be able to carry on Lynne's work in some small way,
keeping her name at the very heart of the most important and
exciting work in her field today, and it's such a pleasure
to receive the very delighted letters from award winners,
and to continue to hear of their progress in later years.
We do thank you for all your support.
With all good wishes,
and the trustees