John Clare Society website

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

Mary Branson art exhibition 24 March – 2 April 2018

Albury Old Saxon Church is hosting a Light Installation – A Conversation With My Mother. The sound accompanying the installation is a Clare poem. Mary Branson will be giving a talk on 24 March at 7pm.


John Clare Poems Session at Keats House, London

On Sunday 13 May, from 2 to 3pm. Free event but you need to book via their Eventbrite page when it is up. In the meantime, for more detail, visit

Langdyke Trust Events

3 March: Birds of the marshes. An away day to visit the Frampton Marsh RSPB reserve, leaving Helpston Post Office at 12 noon. Avocets have already made an appearance there.

30 March: Amphibians at Swaddywell Reserve, with the annual newt count. Meet at 8pm in the Reserve’s large carpark. Bring a strong torch and waterproof footwear.

For more info visit

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.