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
If you go to Carry’s website (https://www.carryakroyd.co.uk), you find details of her Bird of the Month Calendar for 2019 – and if you go to the BBC website and type in Tweet of the Day, you’ll find a series of short radio 4 episodes by Carry.
The Byron Society is holding a lecture at the Art Workers Guild, London, from 6.30 to 8pm, 27 June 2019. £7 for non-members. Professor Simon Kovesi on ‘Lord Byron, poh! the man wot writes the werses?: John Clare’s flights of fame with Byron’. All welcome. For more detail, visit http://www.thebyronsociety.com/lord-byron-poh-the-man-wot-writes-the-werses-john-clares-flights-of-fame-with-byron
Bring your John Clare Poem. A reading of John Clare’s poetry. Guest speakers. On Thursday 4 October at 7 pm in the Guildhall Courtyard by the John Clare statue in Northampton.
An autumn walk with John Clare, on Sunday 21 October. A 5 mile circular walk around Swaddywell Pit Nature Reserve and into Castor Hanglands, led by Carry Akroyd (John Clare Society President) and David Cowcill (Langdyke Trust). Starts at Swaddywell Pit carpark and finishes at Willowbrook Farm at around 3pm
Programme includes a snapshot of John Clare’s life and works, with readings appropriate to the places visited and to the countryside he knew and loved, as well as a cream tea at the Willowbrook Farm. £6 per person, payable on the day. Places limited so booking will first come first served. Contact Simon at email@example.com or 01733 253164.
The Lincolnshire Landscape through the Eyes of Alfred Lord Tennyson and John Clare, a talk by Mark Seaward, at 2.30pm at Franklin Hall, Spilsby, Lincs. Tickets at the door – £5 including refreshments.
As part of the Wolds Words Festival, Professor Mark Seaward is giving a talk examining the connection between poet and landscape. Works by both Tennyson and Clare make extensive use of their knowledge and understanding of the natural world. This is a chance to gain an insight and understanding of the landscape in which both poets lived, wrote and worked.
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At West Deeping Village Hall, 7pm.
10am to 4pm. Visit Torpel Field as part of Peterborough Heritage Open Days. For detail visit https://www.peterboroughcivicsociety.org.uk/doc/HOD2018.pdf
On Thursday 11 October, starting 7.30pm, a solo performance drama, 50 minutes approx, followed by Q&A, in conjunction with Theatre 17. At John Clare Cottage in Helpston, near Peterborough. Written and produced by Stephen Loveless and acted by Robin Hillman. There is a licensed bar for refreshments, and the tickets (£5 per head) can be reserved by contacting the Cottage, via www.clarecottage.org
From 2pm to 5pm. Attractions for all ages and interests. Use the main carpark off the Marholm to Ufford Road and on the right after passing through the Stamford Stone entrance.
Natural England are holding this walk, to see the glow worms. Meet at the main carpark (off the Wittering Road) at 9.30pm. To book, phone 07796 645935.
At 3.30pm in All Saints Church, Brockhampton, a concert: John Clare – Nature, Glory and Tragedy. Tea and cakes in the Parish Hall after the concert, followed by a short guided walk to the top of Capler Hill. Detail at https://gallery.mailchimp.com/7e59bdcb2ef74b2d29cfb65dc/files/afc10b9d-b3c7-46c2-a728-f6de45a5d963/John_Clare_Brockhampton_Church_Flyer_180520.pdf
In the lead up to the John Clare Society Festival weekend (14/15 July), there will be the usual John Clare’s Birthday Music and Occasional Song Session in the Bluebell Pub, Woodgate, Helpston from 8.30pm. Free entry. Details from MikeStevensPE11@aol.com. For more information visit the Peterborough and South Lincs Folk Diary at http://www.peterboroughfolkdiary.co.uk.
The next meeting takes place on Tuesday 22 May, 1 – 2pm, in the Board Room of the Faculty of English, 9 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP.
Clare Jones will give a paper on ‘Monet’s Waterlilies and John Clare’s Burden: Water, Repetition and Flow’.
All are very welcome. Please bring your own lunch. Drinks are provided.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday 19 June and the speaker will be George Deakin (folk singer and author of ‘John Clare and the Folk Tradition’).
Simon Kovesi (Professor of English Literature and Head of the Department of English and Modern Languages at Oxford Brookes University – as well as JCS Vice Chair and Journal Editor) has a new book on sale – John Clare: Nature, Criticism and History – published by Palsgrave Macmillan.
It looks at, amongst other things, what it is that makes JC’s poetic vision so unique and asks how we use Clare for contemporary ends. Discount code of 20%: PM17TWENTY.
On 31 July, there will be an official viewing event of the series of statues they have installed. This includes the statue of John Clare which has been in the town centre for a year. The event is taking place 11.30am – 1pm at Northampton Guildhall. Carry Akroyd, the Society’s President, will be attending and will be reading a poem. The event is open to all.
The Centre for John Clare Studies is holding a one-day symposium on 15 September 2017 in the David Attenborough Building, University of Cambridge. Speakers include Tim Dee, Carry Akroyd, Anita Bruce, Jamie Castell, Mina Gorji, Francesca MacKenney and Alex Preston, plus a screening of ‘Murmuration x 10’, a short film by Sarah Wood and Helen MacDonald. £20 waged (£15 unwaged), to include lunch and refreshments. To reserve a place email Sarah Houghton-Walker (email@example.com).
Gary Haines, an archivist at the V&A Museum of Childhood, visited the John Clare cottage earlier this year and says “It made a substantial impact on me”. Inspired by his visit, he has put together a John Clare Blog piece that appears on the Museum’s website – available via www.vam.ac.uk/blog/network/harvests-of-unbound-wonders-childhood-and-the-poetry-of-john-clare.