The Jane Austen Society
Jane Austen (1775 - 1817), novelist, lived her life as part of a large and close knit family located on the
lower fringes of English gentry. Works: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma,
Northanger Abbey, Persuasion.
The Jane Austen Society is active in its wider aim of honouring the author and
promoting interest in her life and work. In addition to the Society's day and weekend conferences, a varied menu
of events is offered by Branches and Groups in Bath and Bristol, Cambridge, Hampshire, Kent, London, the Midlands, Norfolk,
the North, Scotland, Wales, the South West, and counties adjoining Surrey - the Southern Circle. More details on their
website at http://www.janeaustensoci.freeuk.com/.
The Jane Austen Society Midlands
Jane Austen (1775-1817), novelist, lived her life as part of a large and close knit family located on the lower fringes
of English gentry. Works: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey,
The Midlands Society was founded in 1990 with the intention of providing regular meetings where
like-minded people could share and promote interest in, and understanding of, the life and works of Jane Austen. It
produces an annual publication Transactions
, and members also receive seasonal newsletters - and there are events.
More information at www.janeaustensoci.freeuk.com/pages/branches/midlands_home.htm
The William Barnes Society
William Barnes (1801 - 1886) was born in Bagber,
North Dorset. He was a poet who wrote mainly in the Dorset dialect but also in national English. He taught himself
60 languages, was a competent engraver, antiquary; linguist and musician playing the flute, violin and piano. He was
a schoolmaster but later registered as a ten year's man with St John's College, Cambridge, and was priested in 1848.
Died at Winterborne Came and is buried in the churchyard there.
The Society promotes the enjoyment of the poems
of William Barnes and knowledge of the man himself and his times. They aim to nurture the dialect and encourage the
reading. They hold events which include talks, members' evenings when members read poems both dialect and national
English, musical entertainment drawing on Dorset's rich folk and cultural traditions and an annual service of remembrance.
They produce a bi-annual newsletter which contains articles and information on publications and research related to William
Barnes. More information at www.william-barnes-society.org.uk
The Adrian Bell Society
Adrian Bell (1901-1980), journalist-farmer.
The son of a newspaper editor, born in London and later moved to Suffolk. Publications include Corduroy, Silver
Ley, The Cherry Tree, The Countryman's Notebook
. One of the finest writers on country matters. Wrote
24 books between 1930 and 1976, generally based on the country and farming. Weekly essays in local paper. These
are currently being republished in the same paper. Numerous articles for varied publication. Compiled 4,520 Times
crosswords over a 50 year period.
The aim of the Society is to encourage an interest in Adrian Bell's life
and work. Membership is worldwide. It produces two journals and holds two meetings each year (April and October).
There are also various outings. Talks about Bell given to clubs and similar. More details from Mr M Flynn (Treasurer
and Membeship Secretary), 28 Skelton Road, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 4PW.
The Arnold Bennett Society
Arnold Bennett, journalist and writer of fiction. Best known for the Clayhanger
The Old Wives' Tale
The present Society was reformed in 1954 and has members throughout the UK and
overseas. It is based in the city of Stoke on Trent, the 'five towns' of Bennett. Their aim is to promote
the study and appreciation of the life, works and times, not only of Arnold Bennett himself, but also of other provincial
writers, with particular relationship to North Staffordshire. More details on the Society from www.arnoldbennettsociety.org.uk/
The E F Benson Society
E F Benson (1867-1940), prolific writer and best
known for his Mapp and Lucia series and ghost stories. Also wrote biographies and autobiographies, as well as fiction.
Formed in 1984, the Society publishes an annual journal, The Dodo
, a talk, and organises walks in Rye, an
annual visit to Rye, and also visits to places of Benson interest. It gives talks on the Bensons and has organised exhibitions.
More detail on the Society from www.efbensonsociety.org/
The Betjeman Society
John Betjeman (1906-1984), poet, writer and broadcaster.
Educated at Magdalen College Oxford, his first book of poems Mount Zion
was published in 1931. Knighted in
1969 and Poet Laureate from 1972 until his death in 1984, he is buried in St Enodoc, Daymer Bay, North Cornwall.
The Society aims to promote the study and appreciation of the work and life of Sir John Betjeman by bringing together all
those who admire his writings and share his enthusiasms. There is an annual programme which includes poetry readings,
lectures, discussions, visits to places associated with him, walks, picnics and social events. A regular newsletter
is published which gives information about the Society. Our annual journal, The Betjemanian
, contains articles,
letters, reviews and photographs. Meetings are held in London and other centres. There is also a growing number
of local branches.
More details on the Society from www.betjemansociety.com/
and for more information about the poet from www.johnbetjeman.com/
The Bewick Society
Thomas Bewick (1753-1828), wood engraver and ornithologist.
Works include Select Fables, A General History of Quadrupeds,
and History of British Birds
Society works to promote an interest in the life and work of Thomas Bewick and related subjects, especially with regard to
wood engraving. They produce a newsletter, Cherryburn Times
, twice a year, and there are also visits to special
collections (some of which are not open to the public).
For more detail, visit www.bewicksociety.org/
The Blake Society of St James's
William Blake (1757-1827), poet, painter and engraver.
Founded in 1985, the Blake Society encourages a greater appreciation of William Blake's remarkable artistic achievement
through regular meetings with eminent speakers. They publish a journal each year and this is regarded as a major source
of Blake studies. For more detail, visit www.blakesociety.org.uk
The Robert Bloomfield Society
Robert Bloomfield (1766-1823), poet, best known
for The Farmer's Boy
The Robert Bloomfield Society was founded in 2000 and aims to serve admirers
of this remarkable and unjustly neglected poet through promoting awareness of his life and work. It acts as a focus
for anyone who may have a local, family, academic or general literary interest in the poet. Membership entitles you
to participate in the events that the Society organises and to receive its newsletter. The Society hosts an annual Bloomfield
Day, and at least one social event, usually involving a visit to locations identified with Bloomfield. In past years,
they have toured Bloomfield's Suffolk, the Bedfordshire locations where he spent his latter days, and visited the British
Library for an introduction to their extensive Robert Bloomfield holdings.
To find out more, visit the website
, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The George Borrow Society
George Henry Borrow (1803-1881), writer of
novels and travelogues. His most important works were: The Zincali, or The Gypsies of Spain; The Bible of
Spain; Lavengro; The Romany Rye; Wild Wales; Romano Lavo-lil; Word-book of the Romany
Founded in 1991, the
Society works to promote knowledge of the life and works of George Borrow. Meetings are held each year, usually either
close to the date of Borrow's birth (5 July) or in September. The pattern varies but may include the reading and
discussion of papers, visits to sites connected with Borrow, and related social activities. The Society issues the George
twice a year, containing scholarly articles and news of events and publications relating to Borrow.
For more detail, visit http://georgeborrow.org/.
The Bronte Society
The Bronte Society is open to everyone to join. It is one of the oldest literary societies in the english speaking
world. They are always looking for new members to join and help support their important work in preserving the museum
at Haworth and the library collections. They have now refurbished their exhibition area with secure glass cases and
fibre optic lighting, allowing them to display original manuscripts, first editions and other items from their priceless collection.
visit the website for details of their upcoming exhibitions.
To learn more about the Bronte family and the
Society, visit www.bronte.org.uk/
The John Buchan Society
John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir
(1875-1940), Scottish novelist. Works include The Thirty Nine Steps,
and Prester John.
in 1979, the Society works to promote a wider understanding and appreciation of the life and works of John Buchan. There
is an annual dinner and AGM, alternately in Scotland and in England.
To find out more visit www.johnbuchansociety.co.uk/
The International John Bunyan Society
John Bunyan (1628 - 1688), writer
and preacher, is best known for his allegory of the Christian life, The Pilgrim's Progress
(1678; part two, 1684).
This book has been more widely read than any other work in English except the Bible, and has circulated across the world in
over 200 languages. A religious Dissenter, Bunyan spent twelve years in goal as a prisoner of conscience before becoming pastor
of the Independent Church in Bedford.
The Society was founded in 1992 to promote the study of the life, work and
influence of Bunyan, and the history of Protestant Dissent more generally. It has members from about a dozen countries and
holds a triennial conference and regional day conferences. Membership includes a subscription to Bunyan Studies: A Journal
of Reformation and Nonconformist Culture
, and an annual Newsletter. Anyone with an interest in Bunyan and in the history
of Dissent is warmly invited to join the Society.
For more information, visit www.johnbunyansociety.org
, or email email@example.com
The Caldecott Society
Randolph Caldecott (1846-1886), artist and illustrator.
He greatly influenced the illustration of children's books during the 19th century. He also illustrated novels,
accounts of foreign travel, made humorous drawings depicting hunting and fashionable life, drew cartoons, made sketches of
the famous Parliament inside and out, and exhibited sculptures and oils/watercolours in the Royal Academy.
Society works to promote and encourage, for the public benefit, the study and appreciation of the work and life of Randolph
Caldecott. For more information, visit www.randolphcaldecott.org.uk/
The Daresbury Lewis Carroll Society
The Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson
(1832-1898), author, mathematician, logician, Anglican clergyman, and photographer. Most famous writings were Alice's
Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass, The Hunting of the Snark, Jabberwocky.
For more information
contact K N Oultram, Clatterwick Hall, Little Leigh, Northwich, Cheshire, CW8 4RJ.
The Society embraces a wide range of topics and writers, from Austen to Ackroyd, Zola
to Zadie Smith, from Anthony Trollope to Joanna Trollope. Through a programme of talks, walks, outgoings and social
events, the Society aims to promote love of the written word, whichever form it takes, be it prose or verse, the classics
or more modern writers. Authors and biographers give talks, or actors perform readings on the lives and works of writers
and poets. We have enjoyed listening to, and questioning, many eminent speakers, as well as our super-supportive Patron,
Simon Brett, playwright for radio, television and theatre, and prolific crime writer. For more information visit www.chichesterliterarysociety.co.uk
The Children's Books History Society
The British Branch of the Friends
of the Osborne and Lillian H Smith Collections. The Society promotes an appreciation of children's books in their literary,
historical and bibliographical aspects, and further encourages a distribution and exchange of information on children's
literature. To learn more about them, visit their website at www.cbhs.org.uk/
The John Clare Society
John Clare (1793-1864), commonly known
as the Northamptonshire Peasant Poet. A prolific writer with a large collection of manuscripts in the Peterborough and
Northampton museums. Clare's poetic descriptions of local fauna and flora are a great source of reference for natural
Founded in 1981, the Society works to promote a wider and deeper knowledge of Clare and his countryside.
They produce a quarterly newsletter, and an annual journal. The John Clare Festival weekend is held each July in the
village of Helpston, just outside Peterborough - open to everyone. Membership is international - with branches in the
USA and in Japan.
For more information, visit www.johnclare.org.uk/
The Friends of Coleridge
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), poet, critic
and philosopher. Best known for the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Kubla Khan, Biographia Literaria.
Founded in 1986, The Friends of Coleridge aim to foster interest in his life and works and to support Coleridge Cottage
in Nether Stowey, Somerset, through cooperation with the National Trust. They produce the Coleridge Bulletin
a year, host an annual study weekend at Kilve in Somerset, and sonsor a biennial international conference at Cannington, close
to the Quantock Hills.
More information from www.friendsofcoleridge.com/
The Wilkie Collins Society
William Wilkie Collins (1824-1889), novelist,
playwright, and short story writer. Best known works: The Woman in White, The Moonstone, Armadale, No Name
Formed in 1980, the Society works to promote interest in the life and works of Collins. The Society issues a
newsletter three times a year, and a journal. It also publishes an annual reprint of one of Collins' short, less
For more detail, visit www.wilkiecollinssociety.com.
The Joseph Conrad Society
Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish born British novelist.
Works include Heart of Darkness
The Society is devoted to the study of all aspects
of the writings and life of Joseph Conrad. Our aims is to provide a forum and resource for Conrad scholars throughout
the world and those with a strong interest in things 'Conradian'.
Founded in 1973, the Joseph Conrad
Society (UK) has, from small beginnings, grown into a learned society with an international outreach and perspective.
We publish the premier Conrad journal, The Conradian
, appearing twice annually, hold an annual international conference
in the early summer, award an annual essay prize, and promote the study of Conrad by offering, when possible, resources and
support to scholars without or with limited access to university or other sources of funding.
For more detail visit
their website at www.josephconradsociety.org
The Cumbrian Literary Group
Founded in 1946, the Group provides a meeting
lace for readers and writers, and those with an interest in literature. there are monthly lectures from April to October.
Poetry and prose competitions annually. A magazine Bookshelf
produced once a year.
information, contact the Group, Joyce Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Walter De La Mare Society
Walter John de la Mare (1873-1956), poet,
short story writer, novelist, anthropologist, and critic, probably best remembered for his works for children, the novel Memoirs
of a Midget
, and the poem The Listeners
The Society aims to honour his memory by promoting the study
and widening the readership of his works. It also aims to facilitate research, encourage, and, where possible, support,
new publications. The Society plans an annual event, issues an annual magazine, and occasional newsletters.
For detail on the Society, visit www.bluetree.co.uk/wdlmsociety/
The Dickens Fellowship
Charles John Huffam Dickens (1812-1870), most
prolific writer of the 19th century, most of whose novels were aimed at bringing public awareness of the social injustices
of the day.
The Fellowship aims to stimulate, or rekindle, an appreciation of Dickens's pure artistry of words
and for his eminently great genius of story-telling. For more information, visit www.dickensfellowship.org/
For the Birmingham branch, visit their website at www.dickensfellowship.org/branches/birmingham
The Dubliners Literary Circle
Irish/Anglo-Irish: Moore, Yeats, Joyce,
Becket, etc. Special interest in English writers who have contributed to Irish literary history.
meets fortnightly to read and discuss Irish and Anglo-Irish authors. Current membership is 24. For more information,
contact Desmond O'Malley, 35 Silloge Gardens, Dublin 11 (087949 7541 or emailmailto:email@example.com
The Dorothy Dunnett Society
Dorothy Dunnett (1923-2001), Scottish
historical novelist. Best known for the Lymond Chronicles, The House of Niccolo
produces a quarterly magazine, Whispering Gallery
, and holds an annual gathering in Edinburgh in April. There
are also affiliated meetings. For more detail, visit http://dunnettcentral.org
Friends of the Dymock Poets
Robert Frost, Wilfrid Gibson, Lascelles Abercrombie,
John Drinkwater, Rupert Brooke and Edward Thomas.
Formed in 1993, the Friends exist to foster an interest in the
work of the Dymock Poets, preserve places and things associated with them, keep members informed of literary and other matters
relating to them, help protect the border countryside of Herefordshire and Gloucestershire, and increase knowledge and appreciation
of the landscape between May Hill and the Malvern Hills. They produce a newsletter three times a year, an annual journal,
hold spring day talks and a walk; and hold a weekend of talks/walks in early October.
To find out more, visit www.dymockpoets.co.uk
The George Eliot Fellowship
Mary Ann Evans (1819-1880), later to become
George Eliot, novelist, born at Arbury near Nuneaton. She was an intellectual but had a profound insight into the lives
of the ordinary individual. Evangelicalism dominated her earlier life but she abandoned these ideas to become a free
thinker in her early twenties. She translated important religious works, wrote poetry and later became assistant editor
of the Westminster Review
. She lived an unconventional life - living openly with George Henry Lewes for whom
divorce was impossible, for 24 years, and who encouraged her at the age of 37 to begin to write fiction. After his death,
she had a brief marriage to John Walter Cross.
The George Eliot Fellowship was founded in 1930 and exists to promote
interest in George Eliot and her works. It is a forum for those who admire her writing, and for those who wish to learn
more. It encourages the collection of material associated with her nationally and locally. It publishes The
George Eliot Review
annually with a strong academic element but focuses also on matters of general interest through its
To find out more visit www.georgeeliot.org
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Essex Poetry and Prose Society
The Essex Poetry and Prose
Society was founded in 1959 and meets once a month in Stebbing, Essex. For more detail please visit their website at
The Patrick Leigh Fermor Society
Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915 - 2011) was
a travel writer and war hero. The Society organises lectures and other events, and publishes a members' journal, The
It also organises funding for the Patrick Leigh Fermor house in Greece. You can contact the Society
The Ford Madox Ford Society
Ford Madox Ford (1873-1939), novelist, poet,
critic and editor. Best remembered for the Good Soldier
and the Parade's End
The society was founded in 1997 to promote knowledge of and interest in Ford. They organise an active programme of
events. For more information on the Society, visit www.fordmadoxfordsociety.org/
The Galloway Raiders
S. R. Crockett is one of Scotland's most popular 'forgotten'
fiction writers. Born in rural Galloway in 1859, he wrote extensively from the 1880s for serial magazines and published
over 60 novels between 1893 and his death in 1914.
The Society provides an online hub and point of information
for those interested in the works of S. R. Crockett, as well as organising 'live' events and offering member discounts
on published works. For more detail, visit their website at www.gallowayraiders.co.uk
The Gaskell Society
Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell (1810-1865), nee
Stevenson, was raised in Knutsford, Cheshire, before her marriage to a Manchester Unitarian Minister in 1832. The death
of her only son inspired her to write and dickens invited her to contribute to his magazine. Her home at Plymouth Grove
was visited by many famous people from 1850 to her early death.
Formed in 1985, in Knutsford, the Society works
to promote and encouorage the study and appreciation of the work and life of this Victorian author of Cranford, Mary Barton,
North and South, Wives and Daughters, Silvia's Lovers
, as well as numerous short stories, and biography of Charlotte
Bronte. To arrange associated visits and encourage republication of her works. Bi-annual conference.
For more information, visit www.gaskellsociety.co.uk/
The Geraint Goodwin Society
Geraint Goodwin (1903 - 1942) was an evocative
author caputring the essence of the people, the countryside, towns and villags of his native county. Born in Newtown
in the old county of Montgomeryshire, his books (often humerous, often tragic) give an acute insight into the effect on the
rural communities of the social and industrial changes during the first half of the 20th century in mid Wales. The Society
was formed to promote interest and celebrate the works of this writer. Although most of his work is out of print, the
Society hopes that its formation will lead to a revival of interest in his work. Talks have and will be given by Mary
Oldham in his local area of mid Wales. For more information visit their website at www.geraint-goodwin-society.org.uk/
A Ghostly Company
Formed in 2004, it takes its name from the classic
1932 ghost story collection by H R Wakefield, and provides opportunities for like-minded enthusiasts to meet at appropriate
locations around the country. Previously, the Ghost Story Society
and Ghosts and Scholars
conventions in Chester and Rochester but had then decided to devote their energies entirely to publishing. Hence the
foundation of the Company. They are an informal, non-profit-making literary society devoted to the study of the
ghost story in all its forms. To learn more visit the website at www.aghostlycompany.org.uk
The Friends of Glendower
W H Davies (1871 - 1940), the Welsh tramp-poet, lived in Nailsworth between 1928 and 1940. He spent the last two years
in Glendower, Watledge. His most famous poem, Leisure
, published in 1911, is loved by yung and old ('What
is this life, if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare').
Remembering the poet W H Davies and the
Phillips Family dedicated to saving Glendower and to promoting the poems of W H Davies. The society also assists in
restoring the cottage and garden; and arranging public readings, lectures and visits. To find out more, contact the
Steering Group Leader, Anthony R Burton MBE (tel. 01453 832228 or email email@example.com
The Winston Graham and Poldark Literary Society
Winston Graham was the author of the world famous 'Poldark' novels shown on BBC TV in the 1970s, with a second BBC TV series
of the first two books starting in 2015. The Society was formed in March 2004 as a permanent memorial and tribute to his formidable
literary skills and talents, with its aims and goals, via the eventual election of a formally
constituted Committee, being to continously foster and promote the appreciation and study of all his many works worldwide.
Contact Rosemary Culley (firstname.lastname@example.org), 22 Belmont Grove, Hants, PO9 3PU. Visit the forum at
Kenneth Grahame Society
Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932) is best known as the author of the Wind in the
Willows and The Reluctant Dragon. He also wrote a number of essays and two highly-regarded collections
of short stories - The Golden Age, Dream Days - about a family of orphaned children.
The aims of the Society
are to encourage scholarly study and discussions of the works of Kenneth Grahame, actively promote an expanded universe around
the Wind in the Willows, and to be a comprehensive and accurate resource on the life and works of Kenneth Grahame.
The Society has an extensive website. It organises an AGM/weekend in late August/September each year - at locations
associated with Kenneth Grahame, and the Society newsletter, Riverbank News, is sent to all members twice a year. Membership is free and membership applications
from all over the world are welcomed.
There will be a small subsection within the Kenneth Grahame Society dedicated
to the works of Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch from 2008 until an independent literary society dedicated to him is formed.
To find out more visit www.kennethgrahamesociety.net or email email@example.com.
The Graham Greene Birthplace Trust
Henry Graham Greene (1904-1991), novelist, short story writer,
playwright, screenwriter, travel writer, and critic. Greeene combined serious literary acclaim with wide popularity.
Works include Brighton Rock, The Quiet American, Our Man in Havana, The Man Within, Stamboul Train.
The Trust aims to promote the appreciation and study of the works of Graham Greene,
and is based in Berkhampsted, his birthplace. More detail from www.grahamgreenebt.org/.
The Great War at Sea Poetry Project
The intention is to highlight how the Great War at sea has been featured in poetry by combatants and non-combatants
alike. Also, to try to see how this genre fits into the wider tradition of sea poetry within English Literature. The main
activity is a website and blog which are regularly updated. The coordinator lives in Hove, and there are representatives each
for the USA, Scotland and Australia. They research Great War at Sea poetry in the work of well known poets and also in 'forgotten'
anthologies. Hopefully, it will be possible to launch a related printed anthology in the near future. So far, only British
and Irish poetry has been featured, but their remit should be extended soon now that they are attracting interest overseas.
For more info, visit greatwaratseapoetry.weebly.com/ and greatwaratsea.blogspot.co.uk/ - or email Michael Bully at NozemUK@aol.com.
The Fulke Greville Society
Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, de jure 13th Baron Latimer, and 5th Baron Willoughby de Broke (1554-1628), Elizabethan poet, dramatist
and statesman. His poetry consists of closet tragedies, sonnets and political/moral subjects. Work include the
Life of the Renowned Sir Philip Sidney, Alaham, Mustapha.
For more information on the Society, contact Anthony
Astbury, 6 Mellors Court, the Butts, Warwick, CV34 4ST (01926 492086).
The Thomas Hardy Society
Hardy (1840-1928), is most famous for novels such as Far From the Madding Crowd, The Return
of the Native, The Mayor of Casterbridge, and Tess of the d'Urbervilles, but he also published 947
poems; the epic poetic drama, The Dynasts, based on the Napoleonic Wars; and nearly fifty short stories.
The Society, based in Hardy's native Dorset, was founded in 1968. It is dedicated to advancing 'education in the
works of Thomas Hardy by promoting in every part of the world appreciation and study of these works'. The Society is for
anyone interested in Hardy's writings, life and times. Among its members are many distinguished literary and academic
figures, and many more who love and enjoy Hardy's work sufficiently to wish to meet fellow enthusiasts and develop their
appreciation of it. It arranges regular events throughout the year, as well as a biennial conference and festival, and publishes
three journals each year. For more information, visit www.hardysociety.org/.
F W Harvey Society
Frederick William Harvey (1888 - 1957) achieved fame as a War Poet, his first verses having been written
while he served in the Great War. He was a friend of Ivor Gurney, the dually-gifted poet and composer, and of Gurney's
fellow-composer, Herbert Howells - all three were from Gloucestershire. Will Harvey was known as 'the Laureate of
Gloucestershire' and the 'Forest Poet'. Harvey's best known poem is Ducks, which was a popular inclusion
in many anthologies, but he is also respected for other works such as In Flanders, put to music by Ivor Gurney, If
We Return, The Horses, Spring 1924, Quietly I Will Bide Here and lighter verse such as Cricket: The Catch -
cricket was one of Harvey's passions.
The aims of the society are to ensure legacy
of F W Harvey is remembered through events, publications, research and by developing and maintaining an archive of his life
and work. Learn more about the Society at www.fwharveysociety.co.uk.
The Hawker Society
Robert Stephen Hawker (1803 - 1875), poet, historian, antiquary, and, for forty years, Vicar
of Morwenstow on the north coast of Cornwall.
The Society exists to perpetuate Hawker's memory and foster and
extend interest in his life and works; to help to protect and conserve the buildings and countryside connected to Hawker and
recorded in his writings; to inform members of news and arrange events, and to keep them abreast of relevant publications.
For more information visit their website at www.hawkersociety.org.
The James Hilton Society
James Hilton (1900-1954), novelist and scriptwriter. Author of Lost Horizon,
Random Harvest, Goodbye Mr Chips. Eight of his novels were made into films.
The aims of the Society
are to promote interest in the life and works of James Hilton. We publish a quarterly newsletter and an annual scholarly
journal, and organise conferences and meetings. For more information visit www.jameshiltonsociety.co.uk/.
The Historical Novel Society
Founded in 1997, the Society promotes all aspects of historical fiction.
they provide support and opportunities for new writers, information for students, booksellers and librarians; and a community
for authors, readers, agents and publishers. They publish a quarterly magazine, Historical Novels Review, and
a twice yarly mazine Solander. There are also conferences in the UK and the USA. For more information
The Sherlock Holmes Society of
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - "patriot, physician & man of letters", to quote the
inscription on his gravestone. But the Society's principal interest is less in the author (who was a remarkable
and in many ways a great man) than in the characters he created, specifically Sherlock Holmes and John H Watson of 221B Baker
Street. Founded in 1951, the Society is open to anyone with an interest in Sherlock Holmes, Dr John H Watson, and their
world. It is a literary and social Society, publishing a scholarly Journal and occasional papers, and holding meetings,
dinners and excursions. For more information visit their website at www.sherlock-holmes.org.uk or contact their Press and Publicity Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hopkins Society
Gerard Manley Hopkins, priest and poet (1844 - 1889) was a Victorian poet but
his work is emphatically not confined by his era. He loved the beauty of nature, which he saw as directly related to
the glory of God. In his poetry he piles metaphors, consonants and sprung rhythms together to produce uniquely beautiful,
disturbing and often painful poetry. He was unregarded in his own lifetime but his insights into the natural world and man's
place in it are deeply relevant to the 21st c and his poetry has heart breaking beauty.
Hopkins Society has been studying and celebrating Hopkins for more than 20 years. They have strong links with St Beuno's
Jesuit Spirituality Centre in Tremeirchion where Hopkins spent his happiest years training for the Jesuit priesthood.
They welcome all those who love his poetry - whether or not it is understood! The Society holds workshops on the history,
context, structure and performance of his poetry, visits to places connected to Hopkins and an annual lecture. For more
information, visit their website at www.hopkinssociety.weebly.com.
The Housman Society
Alfred Edward Housman (1859-1936) was a poet of great popularity and
widespread influence. He was a Latin scholar of the front rank and his influence is still felt today.
in 1973, the Society aims to promote knowledge and appreciation of the lives and works of A E Housman and other members of
his family. It produces two newsletters and one journal per year, and sponsors an annual lecture at Hay on Wye.
For more information, visit www.housman-society.co.uk/.
The Richard Jefferies Society
Richard Jefferies (1848-1887), was an authority on agriculture and
rural life. Best known for his nature writing, he was also an essayist, novelist and mystic.
Jefferies Society was founded in 1950 and has 250 members around the world. Most activities are based at Coate, Swindon
- Jefferies' birthplace and home, now a museum. There are winter meetings, outings, a study day and a Birthday Lecture.
Publications include winter and summer Journals, spring and autumn newsletters, and an annual report along with leaflets and
books by Jefferies.
More information on http://RichardJefferiesSociety.co.uk.
Jerome K Jerome Society
Jerome Klapka Jerome (1859-1927),
write and editor of Today and The Idler. Best known for the classic of English humour Three Men
in a Boat (say nothing of the dog), and its sequel Three Men on the Bummel. He produced a typically off-beat
autobiography My Life and Times.
The Society, which is based
in the author's birth place, Walsall, was formed in 1984 and aims to stimulate interest in and public awareness of the
life and works of Jerome K Jerome. The magazine, Idle thoughts, is produced twice a year. There is a
glittering annual dinner in Walsall on or around the author's birth date, 2 May, and an annual Christmas concert.
To find out more, visit www.jeromekjerome.com/.
The Johnson Society (Lichfield)
Dr Samuel Johnson, born in Lichfield September 1709 and died in London December 1784,
lexicographer, author, poet, conversationalist, and Christian.
The Johnson Society aims to encourage the study
of the life, works and times of Samuel Johnson and also to cooperate in preserving the memorials, associations, manuscripts
and letters of Johnson and his contemporaries. It commemorates Johnson's birthday for a weekend in September every
Officers of the Society can be contacted at the Johnson Birthplace
Museum, Breadmarket Street, Lichfield, Staffs WS13 6LG. Or by email at email@example.com - or visit the website at www.thejohnsonsociety.org.uk. The annual publication Transactions is published in January and circulated
The Johnson Society (London)
The London Society was founded in 1928 and has an international membership. It
holds seven meetings each year with speakers. It also publishes an annual journal the New Rambler and an occasional
newsletter The New Idler. For more detail, visit www.johnsonsocietyoflondon.org/.
The David Jones Society
David Jones (1895-1974) attended Camberwell Art College before joining the Royal Welch
Fusiliers in 1915. He fought at the Battle of the Somme, and, on returning to England, met Eric Gill and continued to
paint. He subseuently started to write, publishing long poems with illustrations.
The Society aims to promote
and encourage knowledge about the painter-poet. Annual conferences are organised, as well as visits to sites of interest
where he lived, worked, fought in the Great War, and art galleries containing his visual art. It also publishes an annual
journal. For more information visit www.davidjonessociety.org.
The Anna Kavan Society
Anna Kavan (1901 - 1968) was a British writer and painter whose distinctive style has been
admired by other significant writers including Brian Aldiss, J G Ballard, Doris Lessing, Anais Nin and Jean Rhys. She
is best known for her stories in the collections Asylum Piece (1940) and Julia and the Bazooka (1970), and
her novels Sleep Has His House (1947), Who Are You? (1963), and Ice (1967).
Kavan Society aims to encourage wider readership and increase academic scholarship of Kavan's work. The website
provides accurate information about her life and writing, and news of Kavan-related events and publications. The Society
hopes to create a forum for information exchange and research collaboration, and is currently planning an academic symposium
and a public event celebrating her work. Visit www.annakavan.org.uk for detail.
Formed in 1903, apart from maintaining
the Keats Shelley Memorial House, the Association is responsible for the upkeep of the graves of Keats and Shelley in the
non-Catholic Cemetery at Testaccio. In Italy, they run a continuous programme of outreach to schools and other interested
groups as well as individual tourists. They publish an annual review of scholarship and new writing on the Romantics.
For more information visit www.keats-shelley.co.uk/.
The Kilvert Society
Robert Francis Kilvert (1840-1879), diarist. His Diaries are considered
to be classics, and also of historical importance for the study of remote rural life and Victorian society.
in 1948, the Society aims to keep alive an interest in Francis Kilvert's diaries and the countryside he loved. They
meet several times a year - based in Hereford. A journal is published three times a year. Details from The Kilvert
Society at www.thekilvertsociety.org.uk
The Kipling Society
A prolific writer, Rudyard Kipling was born in India at the height of the British
Empire and as its unofficial poet laureate became the most famous Englishman of his time. He was author of over 1,000
poems, 300 short stories, 4 novels and letters of trvel, but is best known for Kim, The Jungle Books and the Just
So Stories for children.
Founded in 1927, the Kipling Society promotes and celebrates
the life and work of Rudyard Kipling and holds an annual luncheon and 5 meetings each year, in London, with guest speakers.
These talks and other articles are published in the Society's quarterly Journal. The Society's website
www.kipling.org.uk includes a comprehensive Readers' Guide, book reviews and an index to the complete
texts of the Kipline Journals (apart from the last two years), published from 1927. The Society maintains a
library at the City University in London and has links with Bateman's, Kipling's home in sussex, and a small Kipling
museum at Rottingdean. More information from their website.
Charles Lamb Society
Charles Lamb (1775-1834), essayist and
poet. Best known for his Essays of Elia and for the children's book Tales from Shakespeare, which
he produced along with his sister, Mary Lamb.
The Charles Lamb
Society works to educate the public in the life and work of Lamb and his circle. They also maintain a collection of
Eliana and publish the CLB four times a year. For more information on the Society, contact Nicholas Powell, Chairman,
The Charles Lamb Society, 28 Grove Lane, London SE6 8ST.
Philip Larkin Society
Philip Arthur Larkin (1922-1985), poet,
novelist and jazz critic. Born in Coventry, worked as a librarian at the University of Hull until his death.
Founded in 1995, the Society works to promote awareness of the life and work of Larkin and his literary contemporaries;
to bring together all those who admire Larkin's work as poet, novelist, jazz critic and librarian; and to promote relevant
publications on all things regarding Larkin. It holds regular talks on all aspects of Larkin's life and work; readings;
exhibitions; workshops; conferences; and walks and tours to sites of interest associated with Larkin's life.
The Society's journal is About Larkin; it organises pre-arranged visits
to the Larkin archives held in the Brynmor Jones Library; runs a lively active discussion forum available freely; and the
Philip Larkin Society Shop sells audio and books; including tapes of Larkin reading his own work.
For more information, visit www.philiplarkin.com/.
The D H Lawrence Society
David Herbert Richards Lawrence (1885-1930), born in Eastwood, near Nottingham, and died
in Vence in the South of France. In his comparatively short life he travelled widely and established an international
reputation as a novelist, poet and short story writer. He also completed work in many other literary forms - drama,
philosophy, history, essays, travel books and literary criticism. In addition, he was a prolific letter writer and an
artist of no mean ability.
The Society was founded in 1974 by a group
of enthusiasts in the Eastwood ara who wish to encourage knowledge and understanding of the life and work of D H Lawrence.
It aims to bring together people interested in Lawrence and to encourage study of his work; to provide information and guides
for individuals and groups visiting the area; to make links with those interested in Lawrence in other countries; and to assist
in the protection of sites associated with Lawrence and of the countryside in general.
For information on the Society, contact Mr Leslie Parkes, Treasurer, The D H Lawrence Society, 1 Gorse close,
Newthorpe, Nottingham NG16 2BZ.
Leamington Literary Society
The Society was founded in 1912
and meets on the second Tuesday of each month in the Royal Pump Rooms in Leamington Spa. the Society aims to advance
education of the public by the study and appreciation of literature, including poetry and drama. To this end, they engage
10 professional speakers each year and occasionally host a nationally well known literary figure for an extended audience.
For more information about the Society, contact the Leamington Literary Society, 1 Woodbine Cottages, Woodbine
Street, Leamington Spa CV32 5FI or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Wyndham Lewis Society
Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957), British painter and author. Co-founded the Vorticist
avant-garde art movement and edited its journal BLAST. Novels include Tarr, The Apes of God, and The
For information on the Society visit its
website at www.wyndhamlewis.org.
The Katherine Mansfield Society
Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923), modernist short story writer, diarist and letter writer.
An international literary figure who continues to influence fictional techniques. Mansfield is important within European
modernism and is New Zealand's most celebrated writer. Main works: Bliss
and Other Stories; The Garden Party and Other Stories; Journal: Collected Letters; Collected Stories.
This international society was set up in 2008 to promote and encourage the worldwide
study and enjoyment of Katherine Mansfield's writing. Members receive a copy of Katherine Mansfield Studies
- the annual jurnal of the Society, published annually by Edinburgh University Press; 3 e-newsletters a year; regular email
news alerts; a comprehensive website with exclusive member-only resources and daily KM blog; discounted rates for KMS conferences/events.
For further details on the Society, visit their website at www.katherinemansfieldsociety.org/.
The Marlowe Society
Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593), dramatist, poet, and translator of the Elizabethan era.
The Marlow Society aims to present Kit Marlowe in his true light as a great poet and playwright, the innovator of
blank verse drama; to encourage the performance of his plays; to discuss and study Elizabethan and Jacobean literature with
particular attention to Marlowe's place in it; and to publish historically valid information about him based on research.
They produce two newsletters annually, and hold various events. For more information visit
The Martineau Society
The Society was established to foster the collection, preservation, study and publication
in the pubic interest of material relating to the Martineau family of Norwich in the 19th c. and the princiles of freedom
of conscience advocated by Harriet Martineau and her brother, Dr James Martineau.
The main activities of the Society are an annual meeting in July which includes the presentation of papers,
local trails related to the Martineau family, social events and exchanges of information. There is an interest also
in collaborating with other literary societies which have connections to the Martineau family - e.g. the Gaskell and Carlyle
More information on the Society can be found at www.hmc.ox.ac.uk/MartineauSoc/martineausoc.html.
The John Meade Falkner Society
Born in 1858, the son of a Wiltshire curate, Meade Falkner spent most of his childhood
in Dorchester and Weymouth. From Marlborough College and Hertford College, Oxford, he joined the huge armaments firm
of Armstrong in Newcastle, and ended up as Chairman. He wrote three novels - The Lost Stradivarius, Moonfleet, The
Nebuly Coat; topographical guides; and oetry, dying at his home in Durham in July 1932.
The Society was established
in 1999 on the anniversary of Meade Falkner's birth - 8 May. Its aim is to promote the appreciation and study of
the life, times and works of an author best known as the writer of Moonfleet. An annual journal, three newsletters
and support for buildings associated with Meade Falkner are the main activities. The main areas of interest are Durham,
Newcastle, Oxford, Burford, Dorset and Wiltshire. For more information, visit www.johnmeadefalknersociety.co.uk.
The Melrose Literary Society
The Society offers stimulating twice-monthly evening events in a friendly atmosphere
in the Ormiston Institute, Melrose, when there is an opportunity to hear published authors and other speakers give talks on
a wide variety of literary topics. For more detail, visit http://www.melrose.bordernet.co.uk/literary-society/ or contact our Secretary, Dr Peter Hoad at email@example.com.
The Orwell Society
George Orwell (1903 - 1950) was one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. His
works include the world renowned Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four but also many other novels and essays.
Room 101, Big Brother and All Animals Are Equal But Some Are More Equal Than Others , all came from Orwell's
pen. Scarcely a day goes by without the word "Orwellian" being employed, whether to mean a chilling vision
of political control or a perversion of language.
The Orwell Society is dedicated to the understanding and
appreciation of the life and work of George Orwell (the pen-name of Eric Blair). The Orwell Society aims to bring together
all who admire his writings, whatever their politics and wherever they are.
Blair, Orwell's adopted son, is Patron of the Society. For more information, visit their website at www.theorwellsociety.com.
The Wilfred Owen Association
Wilfred Edward Salter Owen (1893-1918), poet and soldier.
Best known works include Dulce Et Decorum Est, Insensibility, Anthem
for Doomed Youth, Futility, Strange Meeting.
The Association promotes the poetry
of Wilfred Owen, organises occasional lectures, and publishes the Wilfred Owen Journal. For more detail of the Association,
visit www.1914-18.co.uk/owen/, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01323 641520.
The Edith Nesbit Society
Nesbit (1858-1924), author and poet. She wrote or collaborated on over 60 books of fiction for children. Best
known for The Story of the Treasure Seekers and The Wouldbegoods.
To find out about the Society,
contact The Edith Nesbit Society, 26 Strongbow Road, Eltham, SE9 1DT.
The Elsie Jeanette Oxenham Appreciation Society and the Abbey Chronicle
Elsie Jeanette Dunkerley (1880-1960), storywriter for girls. Best known for her
Abbey Series of 38 titles.
Find out aboout the Society by visiting sites.google.com/site/ejosociety/.
The Beatrix Potter Society
Beatrix Potter (1866 - 1943), author and illustrator of the 'little
books' about Peter Rabbit et al, was also a scientist, artist, farmer, sheepbreeder and conservationist.
Founded in 1980 to uphold, protect and study Beatrix Potter's works and legacy, the Society has
members worldwide, whose interests range from the 'little books', to Beatrix Potter's farms in the Lake District,
to Potter 'collectibles', and membership is open to all. It is very active, with meetings in the UK five times
a year, including a biennial Study Conference, and gatherings and events at other times and in other countries. It supports
a quarterly Journal and Newsletter; an active publication programme and Reading/Introducing Beatrix Potter schemes.
For more information contact email@example.com or visit their website at www.beatrixpottersociety.org.uk.
The Anthony Powell Society
Anthony Dymoke Powell (1905-2000) is best known for his twelve-volume novel A Dance
to the Music of Time, which many scholars and readers consider to be one of the greatest works of the 20th century; it
may also be the longest English language novel written to date. Powell's other works include two plays, seven further
novels, a biography of the 17th century diarist John Aubrey as well as four volumes of memoirs and three volumes of journals.
A prolific liteary critic and book reviewer, Powell worked for a number of periodicals, including the Daily Telegraph
(for which he reviewed for almost 50 yers). Times Literary Supplement,
Punch (where he was Literary Editor in the 1950s) and The Spectator,
he published three volumes (the last, posthumously) of his erudite and incisive literary criticism selected from his work
as a reviewer and critic.
Founded following Powell's death in 2000,
the Society's aim is to increase widespread interest in the works of Anthony Powell in a way which balances the needs
of all enthusiasts, including academics and professional literarists. In addition to a biennial conference, the Society
oranises events for members, publishes a quarterly Newsletter, the academic journal Secret Harmonies, conference
proceedings, and Powell-related monographs. It also maintains the Anthony Powell resources website and an email discussion
For more information, visit www.anthonypowell.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Powys Society
The Powys Society promotes the writings of John Cowper Powys (1872-1963), T F Powys (1875-1953),
and Llewelyn Powys (1884-1939), through the reading and discussion of their works. The Society publishes a journal and
three newsletters a year. In addition, it organises an annual conference and holds other occasional meetings.
It has also launched a publications programme.
For more information visit www.powys-society.org.
The Priestley Society
John Boynton Priestley (1894-1984), wwriter and broadcaster. Writings included
An English Journey, Man and Time, Bright Days.
Established in Bradford in 1997, the Society aims to widen
the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of Priestley's literary and other published works, promote the study of
his life and career, and the social, cultural and political forces which influenced him; and provide the members of the Society
with opportunities to share experiences and knowledge of his works, life and career. For more information visit www.jbpriestley-society.com/.
The Barbara Pym Society
Barbara Mary Crampton Pym (1912-1980), born in Oswestry and graduated from St Hilda's
College Oxford. Her comic novels were popular in the 1950s and early 1960s, but she endured a period 'in the wilderness'
before being nominated for the Booker Prize in 1978.
Founded in 1994, the Society is based at St Hilda's College.
It holds an annual conference (August/September) and a Spring meeting, usually in London. there is a biannual newsletter,
Green Leaves. For more information visit www.barbara-pym.org/.
The Arthur Ransome Society (TARS)
Arthur Mitchell Ransome (1884-1967), author and journalist.
Best known for Swallows and Amazons series of children's books set mostly in the Lake District and on the Norfolk
The Society was formed in 1990 to celebrate and promote the life and works of Arthur Ransome. Its
membership is international. It has a regional structure in the UK, supporting local gatherings and events. there
is also a biennial literary weekend. For more information visit www.arthur-ransome.org/.
The Herbert Read of Ryedale Group
Sir Herbert Read, native of Ryedale in North Yorkshire, distinguished
himself as a soldier, pacifist, writer on Art and Literature and poet. He is buried at St Gregory's Minister at
Kirkdale near Kirbymoorside.
The Herbert Read of Ryedale Group started in and around Kirbymoorside, Helmsley, Pickering
and Malton in the summer of 2007. It aims to keep alive, in his home locality, the memory of this internationally renowned
writer, informing visitors to the countryside which he evokes so well. For more details contact John Dean, c/o Summit
Bookshop, 2 Market Place, Kirbymoorside, York YO62 6BB - email email@example.com.
The Romany Society
Romany was the name used by the Rev. George Bramwell Evans (1884-1943). A Methodist
minister and the first great broadcasting naturalist, he was loved by a huge radio audience in the early 1930s and 1940s,
and influenced a generation to appreciate nature. His books and 'Out with Romany' radio show made him a household
name to millions.
The Romany Society was reformed in 1996 with
Terry Waite as Patron and Romany's daughter, Romany Watt, as President. The Society exists to promote and encourage
the study and appreciation of Romany, his life and his works. There are around 300 members in the UK and abroad, and,
with the help of Cheshire East Council, they look after his caravan or 'Vardo' on display in Wilmslow, Cheshire.
For more information, visit www.romanysociety.org.uk/.
The Ruskin Society
John Ruskin (1819 - 1900) was the leading art critic of Victorian Britain. His
writing ranged over a vast number of subjects from art and architecture, through political economy and social reform, to geology,
botany and ecology. His influence reached around the world, with William Morris and the founders of the welfare state,
Tolstoy, Proust and Gandhi all acknowledging a debt to him.
Ruskin Society seeks to raise awareness of the life, work and times of the great art critic and social reformer, John Ruskin.
Meeting about four times a year, the calendar of events include an annual birthday dinner, an excursion and illustrated
lectures and talks, mostly in London. For information on the Society, visit their website at www.theruskinsociety.com.
The Mark Rutherford Society
William Hale White (1831-1913), writer and civil servant. Writings include The Inner Life of the House of Commons, The Autobiography of Mark Rutherford, Mark Rutherford's Deliverance,
The Revolution in Tanner's Lane.
The Society aims to unite all those who appreciate his work; encourage
publishers to make all the Rutherford novels and other writings available in print, produce a scholarly journal, and hold
conferences. For more information on the Society visit www.davidfrench.org.uk/markrutherford/mrsociety.htm.
The Malcolm Saville Society
Malcolm Saville (1901-1982) is best known as an author of children's series fiction
but also wrote books about the English countryside. Millions of children have read Malcolm Saville's adventure stories
which are set in real locations which he encouraged his readers to explore for themselves. His principal works involved
The Lone Pine Club - a group of children who form a secret society in wartime Shropshire.
The Malcolm Saville Society was formed in 1994 and exists to remember the author and to promote awareness
of his work. They organise a number of walking weekends each year plus their Annual Gathering in April. They have
published several books, a dvd of the two films made from his stories as well as their quarterly magazine Acksherley!.
For more detail, visit their website at www.witchend.com.
The Siegfried Sassoon Fellowship
Siegfried Loraine Sassoon (1886-1967), poet, war hero, critic
and memoirist. He became known as a writer of satirical anit-war verse during World War I.
organises events, produces a biannual journal and ebulletins, and offers book discounts. For information on the Fellowship
The Shaw Society
George Bernard Shaw was born in Dublin, and moved to England at the age of twenty.
An ardent socialist, Shaw wrote brochures and speeches for the Fabian society, became a journalist writing music and literary
criticism, and went on to write more than sixty plays. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925 and won
an Oscar in 1938 for the filmed version of his play Pygmalion, later transformed into the musical My Fair Lady.
The Shaw Society was established in 1941 to discuss and celebrate the life and
works of George Bernard Shaw. Meetings are held in Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1, on the last Friday
of every month, 6.30 to 7 pm, except July, August and December. £4 on the door (£2 for members). The
Shavian is published three times a year, and a playreading group meets on the first Friday of the month - details from
Malcolm Wroe (020 7485 8902). Please visit their website at www.shawsociety.org.uk.
The Robert Louis Stevenson Club
Robert Louis (Balfour) Stevenson (1850-1894), Scottish novelist, and essayist.
Author of Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Jekyll and Hyde.
The Club was formed in 1920
to foster interest in Stevenson's life and works. The Club does this today by organising events, outings, talks
and other occasions, issuing its quarterly newsletter and holding an annual lunch. For more information visit www.robert-louis-stevenson.org/index.php or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Thackeray Society
William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863), novelist. Works include Vanity
Fair, Catherine, The Luck of Barry Lyndon, Pendennis, The Newcomers, The Adventures of Philip.
on the Society contct Robert Proctor, The Reform Club, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5EW.
The Tennyson Society
Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892), poet. One of his most famous works was Idylls of the King.
He was poet laureate.
The Society promotes the study and understanding of the life and work of Tennyson.
It holds events, lectures, visits, etc. For more information visit www.tennysonsociety.org.uk/tennyson/.
The Angela Thirkell Society
Angela Margaret Thirkell (1890-1961), novelist. Granddaughter of Burne-Jones, cousin
of Rudyard Kipling and Stanley Baldwin, between 1933 and 1961 she wrote 29 Barsetshire novels, regarded at the time as popular
fiction, but revealing to the modern reader an extraordinary range of references and allusions ranging from the classics of
the ancient world through English literature to topic events of her time, so that they have now become a valuable source of
social history. Wickedly witty, with a range of idiosyncratic characters in the manner of her beloved dickens, she wrote
with impeccable style about a world which in some ways still resembled that of Jane Austen, and has ceased to exist today.
Books include Three Houses (autobiographies), Wild Strawberries, August Folly, Pomfret
Towers, Northbridge Rectory, The Old Bank House, The Duke's Daughter.
Based in the UK, with a thriving
North American branch and members in Australia, where Mrs Thirkell lived in the 1920s, various European countries, notably
Ireland, where the Society was formed in 1980. Annual outing in the UK, AGM in September, regional UK meetings to discuss
the books. To find out more contact email@example.com - or visit their website at www.angelathirkellsociety.com.
The Dylan Thomas Society
Dylan Thomas (1914-1953), influential writer of poetry. Best known works Fern
Hill, Do Not Go Gentle, death Shall Have No Dominion. A considerable amount of prose and also film scripts, and
his most famous 'play for voices' Under Milkwood.
The Society fosters interest
in the work of Dylan Thomas and other Anglo-Welsh writers. Monthly meetings, lectures, readings, performances, and publications.
For more information visit www.dylanthomasbirthplace.com/. Or contact Matthew Hughes, Dylan Thomas Birthplace, 5 Cwmdonkin Drive, Uplands,
Swansea SA2 ORA, matt@dylanthomasbirthplace..com.
The Edward Thomas Fellowship
Philip Edward Thomas
(1878-1917), born in Lambeth, educated at St Paul's and Lincoln College Oxford. Wrote biographies, histories, geographical
books, and essays. One book of complete poems, which has never been out of publication since it was first published
in 1920. Married Helen Nobel. Died Arras, Easter Monday 1917.
works to perpetuate the memory of Edward Thomas and to foster interest in his life and work. It supports the conservation
of places and things known to Edward Thomas and keeps members abreast of relevant literary matters. It also arranges
events which extend fellowship. For information on the Fellowship, please visit their website at www.edward-thomas-fellowship.org.uk.
The Tolkien Society
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973), writer, poet, philologist. Best known as the author
of the high fantasy classic works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
The Tolkien Society works
to encourage and further interest in the life and works of Tolkien. Based in the UK and a registered charity, the Society
has an international membership which benefits from regular publications and events. Further details about the Tolkien
Society, as well as educational materials for use in schools and colleges, may be found at the website www.tolkiensociety.org/.
The Sylvia Townsend Warner Society
Sylvia Townsend Warner was known for her verse, novels, short stories and biogrphy of
the novelist T H White. In the 1970s she became known as a significant writer of feminist or lesbian sentiment.
The Society was launched in 2000 and its main aim is to promote a wide readership for and a better understanding of her
writings. For more information visit their website at www.townsendwarner.com/.
The Traherne Association
Thomas Traherne was born in Hereford c. 1637, living through the civil war.
He became Rector of Credenhill, 5 miles north west of Hereford in 1657, and wrote extensive works of poetry and prose.
At their heart was love, the fountain of all happiness, peace and security!
The Association normally holds
an annual Traherne Festival, during the weekend of Trinity Sunday. It also aranges a Traherne Lecture on the evening
of October 10 each year. It publishes a newsletter four times a year, exploring the relevance of Traherne's thought
for today. For more detail, contact Hilary Rosankiewicz at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.thomastraherneassociation.org.
The Trollope Society
Anthony Trollope (1815-1882), novelist. Best known for The
Chronicles of Barsetshire.
The Society has an international membership and promotes and publishes the works
of Trollope. It produces a quarterly journal, and runs a wide range of events. It also encourages local seminar
groups. For more information visit www.trollopesociety.org/.
The University of London Extra-Mural
Literary Association (ULEMLA)
All literature enthusiasts - with/without formal qualifications - are welcome
to join the ULEMLA and/or to attend meetings. Annual membership is £15 for 6 talks on Saturday afternoons at Birkbeck
College, London, as well as a discount on the price of a literary trip each May. Non-members are £4 per talk.
More information at www.ulemla.org.uk or contact email@example.com.
The Walmsley Society
Walmsley (1892-1966) best known for his Bramblewick books, immortalisng the local fishing community and Robin Hood's
The Society produces regular newsletters and two journals annually. They also hold meetings. Find
out more about the Society by visiting www.walmsleysoc.org.
The Izaak Walton Cottage Chapter of
the Izaak Walton League of America
Izaak Walton's life
- born in Stafford in 1593, and died in Winchester in 1683 - spanned the Tudors, Stuarts and the Commonwealth. His most
famous work The Compleat Angler (1653) is a paean to a peaceful England where people and nature are in harmony.
His five Lives are the first recognisable biographies in the English language.
Izaak Walton Cottage Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America serves as the equivalent of the Friends of Izaak Walton's
Cottage, four miles from Stafford in Shallowford. The parent IWLA is a conservation organisation; our Chapter also focuses
on Walton the man and author, principally through our newsletter. For more information, go to http://www.iwla.org/.
The Evelyn Waugh Society
Arthur Evelyn St John Waugh (1903-1966), English writer and acclaimed
prose stylist whose novels include Decline and Fall, Vile Bodies, Scoop, A Handful of Dust, The Loved One, Brideshead
Revisited, The Sword of Honour trilogy.
Founded in 2005, the Society promotes interest in the life and works
of Evelyn Waugh, widely regarded as one of the 20th century's greatest novelists. The Society's publications,
events and email discussion list provide a resource for Waugh enthusiasts, students, researchers, and collectors throughout
the world. To learn more about Evelyn Waugh and the Society, please visit www.evelynwaughsociety.org.
The Mary Webb Society
Mary Webb (1881-1927), Shropshire poet and novelist. Works include Gone to
Earth from which a film was later made, and Precious Bane, later dramatised by the BBC.
was established in 1972. Its aims are to honour the memory of Mary Webb, to further the reading and appreciation of
her works and to foster appreciation of the Mary Webb countryside. The Society plans a programme of four events a year.
These include a birthday lunch and summer school which provides lectures, tours and entertainment. Events are held at
various Shropshire locations. For more information visit the Society's website at www.marywebbsociety.co.uk.
The H G Wells Society
Herbert George Wells (1866-1946), writer. Works include The
Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, The First Men in the Moon, The Island of Dr Moreau.
Founded in 1960, the Society has an international membership and aims to promote a widespread interest in the life, work
and thought of Wells. It publishes an annual journal, The Wellsian, and issues a biannual newsletter.
There is also a weekend conference each year. To find out more visit www.hgwellsusa.50megs.com/.
The Friends of the Westerman Yarns
Percy F. Westerman and his son John F. C. Westerman were writers of children's
adventure books for five decades. Percy wrote 174 books: his first A Lad of Grit (1908) and his last Mistaken
Identity (1959). John wrote 30 books: his first The Antartic Treasure (1929) and his last Twelve Months
to Win (1953). During the 1930s, Percy F. Westerman was voted Britain's most popular children's author
in a poll organised by a national newspaper and conducted through public libraries.
Westerman Yarns and Friends of The Westerman Yarns are a communication point for anyone with an interest in the life and works
of the children's adventure writers Percy F. Westerman and his son John F. C. Westerman. Membership of 'Friends
of the Westerman Yarns' is free and you will get two .pdf newsletters each year and priority notification and booking
for Westerman Yarns events. Please telephone for details of postal paper copies of the newsletter. Contact (Tel.)
023 92 37 55 94; (email) firstname.lastname@example.org; (weblog) www.westermanyarns.blogspot.co.uk.
Oscar Wilde Society
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) is appreciated
around the world as the writer of some of the wittiest plays in the English language. In addition, he wrote engaging
children's stories, a novel which has given us one of the most enduring archetypes in Dorian Gray, and powerful writings
inspired by his time in prison. His life was as varied and colourful as his writings.
The Oscar Wilde Society, founded in 1990, is a literary society devoted to the congenial appreciation
of Oscar Wilde. It organises lectures, readings and discussions about Wilde and his works, and visits to places associated
with him. The Society's Journal of Oscar Wilde Studies, The Wildean, is published twice a year and Intentions,
the Society's newsletter, is published six times a year. For more information visit www.oscarwildesociety.co.uk.
The Friends of Alfred Williams
Alfred Williams (1877-1930), poet, author, historian, linguist, naturalist, folk song
collector, philosopher and scholar.
For more detail visit the website at www.alfredwilliams.org.uk.
The Charles Williams Society
Charles Walter Stansby Williams (1886-1945), poet, novelist, theologian and literary
critic. Works include Taliessin Through Logres, War in Heaven, The Figure of Beatrice. A leading member
of The Inklings.
The society exists to encourage the study and appreciation of Williams' life and writings.
It meets twice a year (once in Oxford and once in London), publishes the Charles Williams Quarterly, organises occasional
residential conferences, and maintains lending and reference libraries. It has an international membership. For
more information visit www.charleswilliamssociety.org.uk.
The P G Wodehouse Society
Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (1881-1975), writer of over 70 humorous novels and 200
short stories. Also wrote lyrics for musical comedies, working with such composers as Jerome Kern, George Gershwin,
Ivor Novello, and Cole Porter.
The Society exists to promote enjoyment of the work of the greatest humorous writer
of the 20th c. the programme of events includes regular social evenings, cricket matches, dinners and talks. There
is a quarterly journal Wooster Sauce. To find out more visit www.pgwodehousesociety.org.uk/.
The Parson Woodforde Society
James Woodforde, clergyman, best known as the author of The
Diary of a Country Parson.
Founded in 1968, the Society aims to extend and develop knowledge of his life and
the society in which he lives, and to provide an opportunity for fellow enthusiasts to meet together. For more information
The Virginia Woolf Society of Great
Virginia Adeline Woolf (1882-1941), novelist and essayist.
Works include Mrs Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, Orlando, A Room of One's Own.
in 1998, the Society aims to raise the profile of Woolf and promote the reading and discussion of her works. To find
out more visit www.virginiawoolfsociety.org.uk/.
The Charlotte M Yonge Fellowship
Charlotte M Yonge (1823-1901), writer, best known for The Heir of Redclyffe.
The Fellowship produces The Review year, holds meetings and has
a loan collection of books and photocopies. To find out more visit www.cmyf.org.uk/.
The Francis Brett Young Society
Francis Brett Young (1884-1954), regional novelist of Birmingham, the
Black Country and its green borderlands. also wrote poetry, short stories, drama, non-fiction and music.
Society exists to dvance the education of the pubic on all matters relating to Francis Brett Young - through publications
(twice yearly journal; occasinal books and papers), meetings, outings, exhibitions and readings. For more information
visit www.fbysociety.co.uk or emailmailto:email@example.com.