John Clare Society website

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

Festival 2019

Birds and Words

The John Clare Society Festival this year runs from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 July, at Helpston near Peterborough.

We are seeking to build on the success of past festivals but are widening the range of activities over the weekend. As well as sessions for those with an existing knowledge and love of Clare’s life and work, we are also running a ‘Beginner’s Guide to John Clare’ presentation on Sunday morning.

The keynote speaker this year is Dr Mina Gorji, who is a Senior Lecturer in English and Deputy Director of the Centre for John Clare Studies at the University of Cambridge. Mina will speak on the way birds soar through Clare’s poetry and how he movingly captures them in his work.

In the evening, the very popular folk group Pennyless will entertain us.

Tickets for the events and programmes will be available from the middle of May.

If you wish any further details, please contact Sue Holgate at