John Clare Society website

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

Publications and Merchandise

We sell a variety of items, from books on Clare to postcards and bookmarks – see examples below.  To download the order form click here.

For enquiries, please contact The Publications and Merchandise Officer, John Clare Society, 3 Astwick Road, Stotfold, Hitchin, SG5 4AP. Email

Our most popular book of poetry, The Wood is Sweet, is still on sale, along with its companion volume – This Happy Spirit.

These two books form a wonderful introduction to the poetry of John Clare and are beautifully illustrated by Carry Akroyd.

John Clare DVD – A Photographic Journey

This is the best DVD introduction to Clare’s life and writing. It is a truly magical, moving and beautiful work. The DVD features photographs of Clare countryside by Peter Moyse and includes selected readings of Clare’s poetry and prose.

Also included are reflections on Clare’s life by interviews with poet, author and John Clare Society President Ronald Blythe, and poet, author and Clare biographer Edward Storey. Both were founder members of the Society. All proceeds go to the John Clare Society.

The late Peter Moyse was well known for his brilliant photography and spent many years building a photographic library of the Clare countryside around Helpston.  Peter was a founder member of the Society, and an expert in the life and times of the poet as well as a talented reader of Clare’s poetry and prose.

There are imaginative pictures to match the text… touches of history, social history and literary history, and insights revealing the association of winter with poverty or the effect of Enclosure. An absolute joy to watch and hear.

(Terry Stokes)