John Clare Society website

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

‘The Meeting’ project – free poetry workshops

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:



A walk with John Clare on Sunday 14 July – as part of the festival weekend

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.

Free workshops in Peterborough

‘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.

Free series of workshops starting on Saturday 18 May

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.

BBC radio programmes on Clare which you can catch online

All sorts of stuff on John Clare online, as listed below (click on the links):

BBC World Service (1991) ‘Omnibus: John Clare’

Ted Hughes reads John Clare ‘Nightingale’s Nest’, Westminster Abbey (1993)

BBC Radio 4 Programme (2004) ‘Open Country’

BBC Radio 4 Programme (2008) ‘John Clare The Lament of Swordy Well’

BBC Radio 4 Programme (2018) ‘In Our Time: John Clare’

BBC Radio 4 (2015) ‘Great Lives: John Clare’

Happy listening!