John Clare Society website

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

30 June Langdyke Trust open day at Swaddywell Pit

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.


24 June, a midsummer afternoon in the Wye Valley

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

13 July, Folk music in the Bluebell pub, Helpston

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 For more information visit the Peterborough and South Lincs Folk Diary at

Meeting of the Centre for John Clare Studies discussion group

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’).

New Book

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.

Statues in Northampton

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.