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Announcement: key Tolkien figure Mike Wilkes has passed away

It is with great dismay that we must sadly inform you of the death on Friday of one of our Tolkien Society members. Mick Wilkes has died after a long and painful illness, at St. Mary’s Hospice, with his wife Viv and sons John and David beside him.

Mick Wilkes in life was a tall figure and I have memories of his smiling face at various events around the city connected with the Tolkien Society, he was a former Lord-Mayor of Birmingham, former city councillor, a staunch supporter of the Tolkien Society, Tolkien & Middle-earth Weekends and the drama group Shire Productions. He was also the driving force behind the city’s “Birmingham Tolkien Strategy” and the Birmingham Tolkien Group. Mick was known to many members of the TS, visitors and volunteers at the Sarehole Mill weekends and will be sorely missed.

Ian Collier, Tolkien Society Secretary & Trustee

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About the Author: Shaun Gunner
Shaun is the Chair of The Tolkien Society. First elected in 2013, Shaun has overseen the Society's expansion from 600 to 3,500 members. Shaun regularly speaks about adaptations of Tolkien's works and the future of Tolkien scholarship whilst passionately believing the Society needs to reach out to new audiences. In his spare time he can be found playing video games and Lego, or on Twitter. He also chairs another charity, Mankind, and is a local councillor.