The musician Jon Boden investigates his involvement in the folk culture his poems describe and the influence of this on his poems. If you miss it you should be able to get it on I Player.
Marking 200 years since the publication of his first book in January 1820, join acclaimed actor Toby Jones for an evening of poetry and music celebrating the poet’s life and work. On 2 February 2020. In the Oxford Brookes University Main Lecture Theatre. Book here.
Ellis Hall and Bridget Somekh launch the release of their book ‘Love’s Cold Returning’, based on Clare’s journey out of Essex. At the Poetry Cafe, Covent Garden at 7pm on 15 November 2019. Detail here.
Carry’s Bird of the Month Calendar 2020 with illustrations from The Oldie is selling at £10 per copy including p&p. Order from www.carryakroyd.co.uk.
Simon Kovesi’s 1820/2020 project now has a website. Visit it to find out more, at https://www.brookes.ac.uk/the-meeting/
At Keighley Local Studies Library on Saturday 13 July, there is a workshop involving the reading of John Clare poems, readings from poet Sarah Corbett and also poems inspired by the work of John Clare written and read by project participants. Free event and all welcome. Starts at 6pm. Refreshments served.
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: