The next stage of Simon Kovesi’s Clare 1820-2020 anniversary project – ‘The Meeting: Reading and Writing Through John Clare’ – will see a one-off musical stage show ‘The Fallen Elm’ performed on 26 April at Bush Hall in Shepherd’s Bush, London, starring Toby Jones as Clare, with original music by Julian Philips and the script by Stephen Plaice.
The musician Jon Boden investigates John Clare’s involvement in folk culture and the influence this had on his poems. The programme website can be found here.
Marking 200 years since the publication of his first book in January 1820, join acclaimed actor Toby Jones for an evening of poetry and music celebrating the poet’s life and work. On 2 February 2020. In the Oxford Brookes University Main Lecture Theatre. Book here.
Ellis Hall and Bridget Somekh launch the release of their book ‘Love’s Cold Returning’, based on Clare’s journey out of Essex. At the Poetry Cafe, Covent Garden at 7pm on 15 November 2019. Detail here.
Carry’s Bird of the Month Calendar 2020 with illustrations from The Oldie is selling at £10 per copy including p&p. Order from www.carryakroyd.co.uk.
Simon Kovesi’s 1820/2020 project now has a website. Visit it to find out more, at https://www.brookes.ac.uk/the-meeting/
At Keighley Local Studies Library on Saturday 13 July, there is a workshop involving the reading of John Clare poems, readings from poet Sarah Corbett and also poems inspired by the work of John Clare written and read by project participants. Free event and all welcome. Starts at 6pm. Refreshments served.
Simon Kövesi writes: The London dates are now set for the Clare poetry workshops that are part of ‘The Meeting’ project. They will all take place at Clapham Library with the brilliant poet Karen McCarthy Woolf. For details click here:
There are only two weeks to go before they start so please pass the news on to anyone you think might be interested – or, of course, go yourself.
There are also some spaces on the remaining two workshops in Peterborough:
Click on the Festival 2019 tab in order to find out more about this event taking place on the last day of Festival. Places are limited – so you need to act fast if you want to participate.
‘The Meeting’: Reading and Writing Through John Clare. At Peterborough Central Library and Archives, on Thurs 6 June, Sat 8 June, Thurs 27 June, and Sat 29 June 2019. All 10 am to 2 pm.
Free workshops. Suitable for ages 16+.
Each session is different so sign up for as many as you want. Sessions limited to 12 people so you must book early.
For detail visit the website.
1. 11 June at 7pm. A short walk and talk around her exhibiton (Found in the Fields) which runs weekdays 10 am to 5pm until 19 July.
2. 26 June at 7.30pm. £8 entry. An illustrated talk about Clare and how her work as a painter and printmaker has responded to his poetry.
The June meeting will be on Tuesday 11 June in the Board Room of the Faculty of English, 9 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP. Tim Fulford from De Montfort University will introduce ‘A New Online Edition of a Labouring Class Poet: Bloomfield as Clare’s Predecessor’. Open to all. Bring your own lunch. Drinks provided. 1 – 2pm.
Simon Kovesi has set up an exciting new project – The Meeting: Reading and Writing through John Clare. As part of this project is a free series of workshops, starting on Saturday 18 May, in Manchester Central Library. Soon there will be parallel workshops in Peterborough and Bradford. Here’s the link.
The idea is to bring people in who have never done anything like this before.
All sorts of stuff on John Clare online, as listed below (click on the links):
Wildlife Printing exhibition from 2 March to 10 April at the Donald Watson Gallery, Waterston House, Aberlady EH32 OPY. For detail visit www.the-soc.org.uk.
At Brook Street Pottery in Hay on Wye from 11 May.
At Yew Tree Gallery at Morvah twixt St Ives and St Just in Cornwall, from 1 June.
Carry will be speaking about her work and John Clare’s poetry at Lincoln Wildlife Trust on 27 March, and later at Buford Festival and Earls Barton Festival.
John Clare Symposium at The Judith E Wilson Theatre, Faculty of English, 9 West Road, Cambridge. John Clare and Song: exploring the relationship between Clare’s poetry, song and music. 10.45 to 3.30. Contact email@example.com
The February meeting will take place on Tuesday 26 Feb, 1 – 2 pm, with discussion led by Stephanie Kuduk Weiner on representations of agricultural labour. All welcome. http://www.english.cam.ac.uk/research/johnclare/
The next meeting of the discussion group will take place on 29 January, 1 – 2 pm, in the Board Room (lst floor), Faculty of English, 9 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP. Paul Chirico will introduce his current research on Clare in the 19th c press.
Plans for this are well underway – so, watch this space! In the meantime, put the dates in your diary.
Jess Potter and Copy Press invite you to an afternoon of readings born from encounters between writing and the poetry of John Clare. At Strange Cargo, The Factory, Folkstone. For further detail, go to https://gallery.mailchimp.com/7e59bdcb2ef74b2d29cfb65dc/files/28bf8d1f-5c29-467f-86a2-c00ec2e22c06/R_R_FINAL_INVITE.pdf