1 February: The Patrick Leigh Fermor Society. Talk by Costas Mamalakis on
'Patrick Leigh Fermor and SOE in Crete', at 7.15pm in the Great Hall of the Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street,
London. Details at www.patrickleighfermorsociety.org/events.php.
2 February: The Gaskell
Society. Manchester meeting at Cross Street Chapel, 12pm - 2.30pm. In the Percival Suite, Cross Street Chapel, Cross
Street, Manchester. Anthony Burton will be talking on 'The contribution of the Gaskell family to the
cultural life of Manchester'.Members £3; non members £4.
6 February: Bronte Society. Charlotte
Great and Small, Exhibition Talk by Tracy Chevalier. At the Parsonage. Tickets £6, and must be booked
in advance via www.bronte.org.uk or by calling 01535 640188.
9 February: The Leamington Literary Society. At 7.30pm at the Dormer Conference Centre at St Peter's
Church in Dormer Place, Royal Leamington Spa. Talk by Julie Griffith of the National Trust on 'Literature and the Lucys
at Charlecote Park. Visitors £2.50. Details at www.leamingtonliterarysociety.org.uk/programme.php.
13 February: The
Johnson Society of London. At 2.30pm at Wesley's Chapel, 49 City Road, London. Talk by Professor
Jerry White of Birkbeck College London on The Debtor's World in Johnson's London. For detail visit www.johnsonsocietyoflondon.org/.
13 February: Jane
Austen Society annual study day, 'An Exploration of Persuasion', at the Court Room, Senate House,
Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. Begins at 9 am, closes at 4.30 pm. Register at www.ies.sas.ac.uk/Persuasion or phone 0207 8628675. Tickets £25 for Society members and unwaged; £35 for non members; £15 for students.
13 February: The Charles Lamb Society.
The birthday celebration luncheon 12.30 for 1pm at TAS Restaurant, 22 Bloomsbury Street, London, followed
by lecture at Swedenborg Hall, 20 - 21 Bloomsbury Way, London. Guest of Honour Dr Richard Gravil. Tickets £35. Detail
13 February: The
Westerman Seminar held in The Memorial Library at Portsmouth Grammar School, High Street, Old Portsmouth, from 10
am til 4 pm. Tickets £17.50 including all refreshments and buffet lunch. Book via email@example.com or phone 02392375594. This year's seminar is an exploration of The Boy's Own Paper. There will also be talks
about Dr Gordon Stables, George A Henty, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Full
programme at www.westermanyarns.blogspot.co.uk.
16 February: The
D H Lawrence Society. Talk by Dave Brock on D H Lawrence, Ted Hughes and our Relationship with Animals. Details at
21 February: The
Johnson Society Lichfield. At 2.30pm at the Martin Heath Hall, Christchurch Lane, Lichfield. Admission £3.50
including tea and cakes. Talk by Dr Louise Curran on 'In Vino Veritas: Dr Johnson and Wine'. Detail at johnsonnew.wordpress.com/events/.
24 February: The
Gaskell Society. Knutsford meeting at Brook Street Chapel, 12.30pm - 3pm, discussing Wives and Daughters.
For detail, visit gaskellsociety.co.uk/events/.
26 February: The Blake Society. 'Blake and the Gita', with Parul Jani. At 7.30pm
at Waterstones Bookshop, 203 - 206 Piccadilly, London. Detail at www.blakesociety.org/events/.
27 February: The Arnold Bennett Society. Talk at Friends Meeting House, Newcastle
Under Lyme, by Morag Jones on WW1 poets. For detail visit www.arnoldbennettsociety.org.uk/.
26 February - 6 March: The Bath Literature Festival, at various
venues in Bath.
1 March: The Gaskell Society. Manchester
meeting at Cross Street Chapel. Lynne Allen will speak on The Gaskells and the Portico Library, 12pm - 2.30pm.
Detail at gaskellsociety.co.uk/events/.
2 March: The Housman Society.
AGM at 7.30pm in Housman Hall, Kidderminster Road, Bromsgrove. Detail at www.housman-society.co.uk/.
2 March: The Johnson Society of Lichfield. Annual
lecture at 7.30pm at the Methodist Church, Tamworth Street, Lichfield. Professor Tiffany Stern from Oxford
University on 'Garrick, Johnson and Not-Shakespeare'. Entrance fee. For detail visit johnsonnew.wordpress.com/events/.
2 March: The Blake Society. The
Annual Lecture, 7.30pm at St James's Church, 197 Piccadilly, London. 'The Infinite Brain and the
Narrow Circle', Dr Iain McGilchrist. Detail at www.blakesociety.org/events/.
5 March: The Beatrix Potter Society AGM
and annual Linder Memorial Lecture at the Sloane Club SWlW 8BS (open to non members; no booking required; tea included). Dr
Juliet Dusinberre, Fellow of Girton College Cambridge, and author of Alice to the Lighthouse, on 'Beatrix Potter:
Defying the Enemy'. Visit www.beatrixpottersociety.org.uk for details.
8 March: The Leamington Literary Society. At
7.30pm at the Dormer Conference Centre at St Peter's Church in Dormer Place, Royal Leamington Spa. A talk by Professor
Mark Storey of the John Clare Society on 'John Clare, the Peasant Poet of Northamptonshire'. Visitors £2.50.
Detail at www.leamingtonliterarysociety.org.uk/programme.php.
9 March: The D H Lawrence Society.
Talk by Bob Haywood on F R Leavis and Lady C. Detail at dhlawrencesociety.com.
11 - 13 March: Barbara Pym Society.
The 2016 North American Conference, Some Tame Gazelle, at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA. Details at
12 March: The Johnson Society
of London. At 2.30pm, at Wesley's Chapel, 49 City Road, London. Talk by Dr Kathleen Chater on
Black People in London in the mid 18th c. Detail at www.johnsonsocietyoflondon.org/.
15 March: The William Barnes Society. Meeting
at 7pm at the Dorford Centre, Top O'Town, Dorchester. Members evening.
16 March: The Johnson Society of Lichfield. AGM and lecture at the Guildhall in
Lichfield at 7.30pm. Alex Wright on 'Robert James, School Friend of Johnson, & their Dictionaries'. Detail at
18 March: The Thomas Hardy Society. A
weekend in Cornwall, based at St Juliot. Includes walks, poetry readings and discussions, a visit to the Old Rectory, and
dinner. Detail at www.hardysociety.org/.
19 March - 7 May: Ripping
Yarns. The Life and books of Percy Westerman Exhibition at Westbury Manor Museum on West Street, Fareham,
Hampshire. Admission free.
29 March: The Housman Society.
His birthday commemoration, by the statue in Bromsgrove High Street at 12.30pm. Followed by a buffet lunch at Housman Hall.
Detail at www.housman-society.co.uk/.
2 - 10 April: The FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival,
at Christ Church, Oxford.
April: The Thomas Hardy Society. Tea and a tour of the Athenaeum Club, London. Detail at www.hardysociety.org/.
9 April: The Johnson Society
of London. At 2.30 pm at Wesley's Chapel, 49 City Road, London. Talk by Michael Bundock on 'Pleased
to Renew our Old Acquaintance': James Boswell and Francis Barber. Detail at www.johnsonsocietyoflondon.org/.
12 April: The Leamington Literary
Society. At 7.30pm at the Dormer Conference Centre, at St Peter's Church in Dormer Place, Royal Leamington Spa.
A talk by local writer Fran Hill on the funny side of life and learning. Visitors £2.50. Details at www.leamingtonliterarysociety.org.uk/programme.php.
13 April: The D H Lawrence Society.
Talk by Andrew Frayne on D H Lawrence's Bay: war, destruction and reconstruction. Detail at dhlawrencesociety.com.
17 April: The William Barnes Society.
Annual Service of Remembrance at St Peters Church, Winterborne Came, at 10.30am.
23 April: The Charles Lamb Society. AGM 11am at Swedenborg Hall, 20-21 Bloomsbury
Way, London. Lunch at Spaghetti House, 20 Sicilian Avenue. At 2.30 pm talk by Dr Stacey McDowell of Cambridge
University on 'Hazlitt and Lamb on Books and Friends', at Swedenborg Hall. Details at www.charleslambsociety.com/events.html.
26 - 28 April: A Kipling Society
Symposium, at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study in Shimla on the theme of Kipling in India,
India in Kipling. Detail at www.kiplingsociety.co.uk/.
30 April: The Housman Society.
Ludlow commemoration at St Laurence's Ludlow by the plaque on the north wall at 11 am, followed by coffee in
the church. Lunch at the Charlton Arms, following a presentation by Elizabeth Oakley and Andrew Maund on 'The Houseman
Family in Peace and War'. Detail at www.housman-society.co.uk/.
8 May: The Barbara Pym Society is holding
its Spring Meeting at St Alban's Centre, Holborn, London. Talk by Chris Jenkins on The Excellent
Woman's Excellent Women.
May: The Leamington Literary Society. At 7.30pm at the Dormer Conference Centre at St Peter's Church in Dormer
Place, Royal Leamington Spa. A talk by Anne Langley on Joseph Ashby's Victorian Warwickshire. Visitors £2.50. Details
23 - 28 May: The Messolonghi
Byron Society is holding the 11th International Student Byron Conference at the Messolonghi Byron Research Centre
in Greece. The theme is Byron and the summer of 1816. Detail at www.keats-shelley.co.uk/events/.
31 May: The Housman Society. The
Housman Lecture at the Hay Festival of Literature. Peter Parker. Detail at www.housman-society.co.uk/.
4 June: The Arnold Bennett Society. The
13th Arnold Bennett Conference at North Staffs Conference Centre, Hartshill, Stoke on Trent. The theme is
Arnold Bennett's Friends and Acquaintances. For detail, visit www.arnoldbennettsociety.org.uk/.
4 June: The Thomas Hardy Society is holding
its 2016 Birthday Weekend. It begins with a walk in the Dorchester area, followed by a birthday lecture. Details at www.hardysociety.org/.
8 June: The D H Lawrence Society.
Talk by Bethan Hughes on The Prussian Officer and 'Billy Budd': Lawrence's 'imperfect politics
of war'. Detail at dhlawrencesociety.com.
5 - 8 July: The Beatrix Potter
Society 17th International Study Conference - Beatrix Potter: a lasting legacy' - celebrating the 150th anniversary
of her birth, to be held in the Lake District. Open to non members; booking form and more detail available in January 2016
6 - 9 July: The 8th Triennial Conference of the International John Bunyan Society in Aix en Provence,
France - Voicing Dissent in the Long Reformation. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for detail.
15 - 17 July: The John Clare Society annual festival in
Helpston, near Peterborough.
20 - 25 July: The Dickens Fellowship annual
conference in Aberdeen, Scotland.
23 July: The Thomas Hardy Society
is holding its 22nd International Conference and Festival, to be opened by their President Julian Fellowes. More
detail at www.hardysociety.org/.
13 - 29 August: The Edinburgh
International Book Festival, at Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh.
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
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/.
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.
22 - 25 September: The
Grahame Greene Birthplace Trust 18th International Festival. Detail at grahamgreenebt.org/.
7 - 16 October: The Times & Sunday Times Cheltenham
Literature Festival, at Cheltenham Town Hall.
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.