John Clare Society website

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

Free workshops in Peterborough

‘The Meeting’: Reading and Writing Through John Clare. At Peterborough Central Library and Archives, on Thurs 6 June, Sat 8 June, Thurs 27 June, and Sat 29 June 2019. All 10 am to 2 pm.

Free workshops. Suitable for ages 16+.

Each session is different so sign up for as many as you want. Sessions limited to 12 people so you must book early.

For detail visit the website.

Free series of workshops starting on Saturday 18 May

Simon Kovesi has set up an exciting new project – The Meeting: Reading and Writing through John Clare. As part of this project is a free series of workshops, starting on Saturday 18 May, in Manchester Central Library. Soon there will be parallel workshops in Peterborough and Bradford. Here’s the link.

The idea is to bring people in who have never done anything like this before.

BBC radio programmes on Clare which you can catch online

All sorts of stuff on John Clare online, as listed below (click on the links):

BBC World Service (1991) ‘Omnibus: John Clare’

Ted Hughes reads John Clare ‘Nightingale’s Nest’, Westminster Abbey (1993)

BBC Radio 4 Programme (2004) ‘Open Country’

BBC Radio 4 Programme (2008) ‘John Clare The Lament of Swordy Well’

BBC Radio 4 Programme (2018) ‘In Our Time: John Clare’

BBC Radio 4 (2015) ‘Great Lives: John Clare’

Happy listening!

Carry Akroyd exhibitions

Wildlife Printing exhibition from 2 March to 10 April at the Donald Watson Gallery, Waterston House, Aberlady EH32 OPY. For detail visit

At Brook Street Pottery in Hay on Wye from 11 May.

At Yew Tree Gallery at Morvah twixt St Ives and St Just in Cornwall, from 1 June.

Carry will be speaking about her work and John Clare’s poetry at Lincoln Wildlife Trust on 27 March, and later at Buford Festival and Earls Barton Festival.