John Clare Society website

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

A beginner’s guide to John Clare, 28 May 2017

There will be an illustrated talk in St Botolph’s Church in Helpston (near Peterborough) on Sunday 28 May, starting at 2pm, until 4.15pm, with a break for tea and cake.

If you would like to know more about John Clare, our local poet, do come along. Tickets are £5 (to include tea), and can be bought at the door on the day.

Perhaps you would like to have Sunday lunch beforehand at the Bluebell in Helpston (the pub where Clare used to work) and a pint of John Clare ale to end the afternoon!

To book lunch, please telephone the Bluebell direct on 01733 252394. Further information can be obtained from Sue on 01353 668438 or email

John Clare discussion group

The Centre for John Clare Studies in Cambridge regularly runs a discussion group to which all are welcome. For more information, contact

The May and June meetings are:

  • Wednesday 24 May, 12.30-1.30pm, in Finella, Queens’ Road, Cambridge CB3 9AH. Professor Stephanie Kuduk Weiner (Wesleyan) will give a paper on ‘Bird and animal noises in Clare and Whitman (and Shaun the Sheep)’.
  • Tuesday 13 June, 1-2pm, with Professor Simon Kovesi (Oxford Brookes) on the occasion of the publication of his book ‘John Clare: Nature, Criticism and History’ (Palgrave).