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September 2016
2 September: The Chichester Literary Society. Talk by Elizabeth Cassie on 'Mothers and Daughters'. Detail at www.chichesterliterarysociety.co.uk/events/.
2 - 4 September: The Historical Novel Society conference in Oxford. Speakers include Melvyn Bragg, Fay Weldon, Tracy Chevalier, Kate Williams, Margaret George, Elizabeth Chadwick, C W Gortner and Jo Baker.  In the Andrew Wiles Building and nearby St Anne's College, Woodstock Road. Detail at hnsoxford2016.org/
2 - 4 September: The Barbara Pym Society AGM and Conference at St Hilda's College, Oxford, No Fond Return of Love. Detail at www.barbara-pym.org/.
8 - 11 September: The Tolkien Society hold their major annual event Oxonmoot. Details at www.tolkiensociety.org.
10 September: The John Buchan Society are holding a guided walk or car tour with JB connections in the Manor Valley near Peebles. For more information contact Ian Buckingham at ibuckingham@btopenworld.com or 01721 722659.
10 September: The Beatrix Potter Society autumn meeting in London.  Connie Neumann on 'Peter Rabbit Tales and Pioneer Trails: the parallel lives of Beatrix Potter and Laura Ingalls Wilder'. Open to non members, no booking needed, tea included and details from www.beatrixpottersociety.org.uk.
10 & 24 September: The E F Benson Society, Mapp & Lucia guided walk about Rye, lasting 1 hr 45 mins, cost £6.95 per person, starts at 2pm. From the Look-out at the eastern end of the High Street, and ending at Lamb House which is open on Saturdays. Further detail at info@efbensonsociety.org.
13 September: The Leamington Literary Society are holding a talk on 'Dorothy Parker: Misery, Men and Mirth', by Linda Hart, an American resident in Malvern. Visit www.leamingtonliterarysociety.org.uk/programme.php for detail.
22 - 25 September: The Grahame Greene Birthplace Trust 18th International Festival. Detail at grahamgreenebt.org/.
24 September: Galloway Raiders. To mark the restoration of the Crockett Memorial at Laurieston, and his 157th birthday, an event at Balmaghie Community Hall, Laurieston, 11 am to 2 pm. A pop up exhibition from the Galloway Raiders' archives, talks, book launches, and a walk to the site. More information at www.gallowayraiders.co.uk/events.htm. There will also be more Crockett related activities in the following week - check out Website or Facebook page.
24 September: Francis Brett Young Society is commemorating the centenary of his war service with the publication of a unique anthology of his writings about World War I. The launch event takes place at Quinton Methodist Church Hall, Ridgeway Avenue, Birmingham B62 9AU. Tea/coffee at 11 am, book launch at 11.30 am, buffet lunch at 1 pm. 
24 September: The John Moore Museum. The Medieval Barber Surgeon: Discover the horrors of 15th c medicine. From 10 am to 5 pm, in Tewkesbury. Visit www.johnmooremuseum.org/events/ for detail.
30 September: The Galloway Raiders will be at the Wigtown Book Festival. Cally Phillips will give a talk on Crockett's Islands. For more information visit www.wigtownbookfestival.com/programme/4750/5916
October 2016
1 October: The Dracula Society is holding its Autumn Meeting with a talk by guest artist Anne Sudworth. Visit their website for detail.
2 - 16 October: The Birmingham Literature Festival.
7 October: The Chichester Literary Society. Talk by Colin Pinney on 'Yeats and Maud Gonne, the Gulf of Love'. Detail at www.chichesterliterarysociety.co.uk/events/.
7 - 16 October: The Times & Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, at Cheltenham Town Hall. Detail at www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/Literature.
8 October: The John Clare and George Borrow Societies joint event in Epping. A morning of talks, and an afternoon guided walk in the Forest, at High Beach.
11 October: The Leamington Literary Society are holding a talk on 'Music and Spectacle in 19thc Shakespearean Performance'. Guest speaker: Val Brodie, local writer and academic. Visit their website for detail at www.leamingtonliterarysociety.org.uk.
11 October: The William Barnes Society. AGM at 7pm at Dorford Centre, Top O'Town, Dorchester. Guest speaker: Bonny Sartin 'The Folk Songs of Dorset'. For detail go to www.william-barnes-society.org.uk.
22 October: The John Moore Museum in Tewkesbury. Discovering Bats Day, in the Old Baptist Chapel, 10.30am to 3.45pm.
25 October: The Dracula Society is holding a Library Evening, with scary story readings! For detail visit their website.
29 October: The John Moore Museum in Tewkesbury. The Witchfinder: an illustrated talk, from 2.30pm to 3.30pm, in the Old Baptist Chapel, off Church Street.

November 2016 
4 November: The Chichester Literary Society. AGM, followed by talk by David Tregear on 'Peacock Pie'. Detail at www.chichesterliterarysociety.co.uk/events/.
8 November: The Leamington Literary Society are holding a talk on 'The Bombing of Leamington Spa'. Guest speaker: Allan Jennings, Leamington History Group. Visit their website for detail at www.leamingtonliterarysociety.org.uk.
12 November: The Dracula Society is holding its 42nd Annual Bram Stoker Birthday Dinner. For detail, visit their website.
27-28 November: A Jane Austen Weekend. Live theatre and music, lectures, and relaxation in a Georgian house in the centre of Bedford. With accommodation and food, £250 pp. For more detail contact Anne Atkins on 07814 953483. 

 December 2016
13 December 2016: The Leamington Literary Society is holding a talk on 'Children's Books at Christmas', focussing on the writings of Beatrix Potter and Roald Dahl. Visit www.leamingtonliterarysociety.org.uk for detail.
31 December: The John Moore Museum, Tewkesbury. Festive Tudor Birds of Prey, from 10 am to 5 pm.

January 2016
10 January: The Leamington Literary Society is holding a talk on 'Penguin, the Paperback Revolutionaries', with James Mackay of the Warwick Society. Visit www.leamingtonliterarysociety.org.uk for detail.

February 2016 
11 February: The John Moore Museum, Tewkesbury. Birds of Prey from 10am to 5pm.

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