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

25 November: Song Recital

This will be taking place at Steiner Hall, near Baker Street, London, including the song cycle ‘Clare’s Calendar’ by Andrew M Wilson. It is a setting of four poems by John Clare that follow the march of the seasons in the English countryside. Commissioned for the 2008 Denston Festival in Suffolk, and first performed by Margaret Cooper and the composer. Margaret Cooper and Laetitia Federici (on piano). To book go to


Centre for John Clare Studies Discussion Group, Cambridge

The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 10 October, 1pm – 3pm. They meet in the Christopher Smart room in Pembroke College at 1pm for coffee and discussion (bring your own lunch). They then walk over to the Fitzwilliam Museum to look at some watercolour sketches and paintings by Peter De Wint. These pictures are not on public display but are being made available for the group on this special occasion. In preparation for the visit, the group will discuss Clare’s poem ‘To De Wint’ and an essay from the John Clare Society Journal. To attend, email

The meeting after this one will be led by Dr Jamie Castell on Tuesday 7 November.

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.