John Clare Society website

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

Saturday 8 September – Langdyke Trust event

10am to 4pm. Visit Torpel Field as part of Peterborough Heritage Open Days. For detail visit


‘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

24 June, a midsummer afternoon in the Wye Valley

At 3.30pm in All Saints Church, Brockhampton, a concert: John Clare – Nature, Glory and Tragedy. Tea and cakes in the Parish Hall after the concert, followed by a short guided walk to the top of Capler Hill. Detail at

13 July, Folk music in the Bluebell pub, Helpston

In the lead up to the John Clare Society Festival weekend (14/15 July), there will be the usual John Clare’s Birthday Music and Occasional Song Session in the Bluebell Pub, Woodgate, Helpston from 8.30pm. Free entry. Details from For more information visit the Peterborough and South Lincs Folk Diary at

Meeting of the Centre for John Clare Studies discussion group

The next meeting takes place on Tuesday 22 May, 1 – 2pm, in the Board Room of the Faculty of English, 9 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP.

Clare Jones will give a paper on ‘Monet’s Waterlilies and John Clare’s Burden: Water, Repetition and Flow’.

All are very welcome. Please bring your own lunch. Drinks are provided.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday 19 June and the speaker will be George Deakin (folk singer and author of ‘John Clare and the Folk Tradition’).