John Clare Society website

to promote a wider and deeper knowledge of the poet, John Clare

Festival 2020

Please note that due to current events, we have taken the decision to cancel this year’s Festival.

The information and advice that is coming from the government makes us doubt whether it would be sensible or safe to organise such a large gathering – even though our event was not due to take place until mid-July.

At the same time, Simon Kövesi has informed us that the Clare show that was due to have taken place at the Bush Theatre in London on 26 April has had to be postponed until the autumn. Further details about this will be posted here in due course.

We hope that all friends of John Clare are keeping safe and well in these trying times, and we will advise details of this year’s AGM as soon as we have decided how best this can be arranged.

Anniversary stage show 26 April 2020

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.

Tickets from