John Clare Society website

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

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.


Carry Akroyd Open Studio

Carry Akroyd is holding an open workshop on Sat/Sun 9 and 10 September, from 11 am to 5 pm at 4 Luddington in the Brook. Carry will be printmaking and Gordon Monk will be chairmaking. The garden will be open, with tea, coffee, cake, etc., in aid of St Margaret’s Church.

Her 2018 Bird of the Month calendar (with illustrations from The Oldie) will also be on sale.

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.

John Clare and the Art of Bird Watching

The Centre for John Clare Studies is holding a one-day symposium on 15 September 2017 in the David Attenborough Building, University of Cambridge. Speakers include Tim Dee, Carry Akroyd, Anita Bruce, Jamie Castell, Mina Gorji, Francesca MacKenney and Alex Preston, plus a screening of ‘Murmuration x 10’, a short film by Sarah Wood and Helen MacDonald. £20 waged (£15 unwaged), to include lunch and refreshments. To reserve a place email Sarah Houghton-Walker (

Reflections by a visitor to John Clare cottage

Gary Haines, an archivist at the V&A Museum of Childhood, visited the John Clare cottage earlier this year and says “It made a substantial impact on me”. Inspired by his visit, he has put together a John Clare Blog piece that appears on the Museum’s website – available via

Carry Akroyd Exhibitions

‘Found in the Fields’ is now at the Platform Gallery and Visitor Information Centre, Station Road, Clitheroe, Lancs BB7 2JT. Carry will be giving a talk there at 2pm on Saturday 17 June. Lithographs, John Clare poetry, and linocut illustrations from 3 JC poetry books. The exhibition will then go on to Stamford and then Frome at the back end of the year.

She’ll also have an exhibition at the Brook Street Pottery in Hay on Wye, 22 July to end August. Also at the Rutland Birdfair 18 – 20 August, and open studio weekend 9-10 September.

Visit her website for detail –