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

Walk with John Clare 21 October 2018

An autumn walk with John Clare, on Sunday 21 October. A 5 mile circular walk around Swaddywell Pit Nature Reserve and into Castor Hanglands, led by Carry Akroyd (John Clare Society President) and David Cowcill (Langdyke Trust). Starts at Swaddywell Pit carpark and finishes at Willowbrook Farm at around 3pm

Programme includes a snapshot of John Clare’s life and works, with readings appropriate to the places visited and to the countryside he knew and loved, as well as a cream tea at the Willowbrook Farm. £6 per person, payable on the day. Places limited so booking will first come first served. Contact Simon at or 01733 253164.


Tennyson/Clare talk on 20 October

The Lincolnshire Landscape through the Eyes of Alfred Lord Tennyson and John Clare, a talk by Mark Seaward, at 2.30pm at Franklin Hall, Spilsby, Lincs. Tickets at the door – £5 including refreshments.

As part of the Wolds Words Festival, Professor Mark Seaward is giving a talk examining the connection between poet and landscape. Works by both Tennyson and Clare make extensive use of their knowledge and understanding of the natural world. This is a chance to gain an insight and understanding of the landscape in which both poets lived, wrote and worked.

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‘I Am John Clare’ dramatic performance

On Thursday 11 October, starting 7.30pm, a solo performance drama, 50 minutes approx, followed by Q&A, in conjunction with Theatre 17. At John Clare Cottage in Helpston, near Peterborough. Written and produced by Stephen Loveless and acted by Robin Hillman. There is a licensed bar for refreshments, and the tickets (£5 per head) can be reserved by contacting the Cottage, via