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June 2014

20 - 22 June: Stoke on Trent Literary Festival.  Full details at www.stokeliteraryfestival.org.

24 June - 5 July: (except Sundays). The National Theatre Wales will stage a site specific production in field and nearby forest at Great  Llancayo Upper Wood near Usk, as part of the World War I commemorations.  Mametz will give audiences a glimpse of life and death at the Battle of Mametz Wood.  Among the soldiers who took part in the Battle were Robert Graves, David Jones, Siegfried Sassoon and Llewelyn Wyn Griffith. Tickets £20/£15 from the Box Office www.wmc.org.uk.

6 June: The Chichester Literary Society is holding a special ticketed event to commemorate WWI.  'Behind the Lines' takes place at St George's Church, Cleveland Road, Chichester, at 7pm for 7.30pm.  Gabriel Woolf and Linda Hart are the speakers and they will read from the works of soldier poets including Wilfred Owen, Edward Thomas and Ivor Gurney.  Tickets cost £10 - tel 01243 537646 or visit www.chichesterliterarysociety.co.uk.

7 June: The 11th annual Arnold Bennett conference, Death, Fire, Life: AB's Short Stories, from 9.30 am to 5.30pm at North Staffs Conference Centre in Hartshill, near Stoke on Trent.  Details on their website - www.arnoldbennettsociety.org.uk.

7 June: The Helmsley Arts Centre Writing Weekend.  In Conversation with Piers Paul Read. The third son of Herbert Read.  at 2 pm - tickets free.

11 June: The Trollope Society is holding a seminar on Trollope, in York, on Orley Farm.  For detail contact peter.lee@york.ac.uk.

12 June: The Trollope Society (Manchester), is having a tea and a discussion.  Contact j.ammar@hotmail.co.uk.

17 June: The Trollope Society (Edinburgh) seminar on The Fixed Period. Contact jdover@post.harvard.edu.

21 to 23 June: The Traherne Association is holding the Annual Traherne Festival, based at Credenhill Church in Herefordshire where Traherne was Rector in the mid 1600s.  Deatails are on the website at www.traherneassociation.org.

24 June: The Trollope Society (Manchester) is holding a seminar on Anthony Trollope's Australasian Odyssey. Contact j.ammar@hotmail.co.uk.

24 June: Return to Adlestrop, a celebration of the centenary of Edward Thomas's poem - at Adlestrop Village Hall, Gloucestershire, from 10.30 am, run by the Friends of the Dymock Poets. Tickets £20 for the day, including refreshments and lunch.  Contact the Friends for detail.

26 to 30 June: The Beatrix Potter Society International Study Conference in Birnam, Perthshire, Beatrix Potter in Scotland (to be followed by a 5 day holiday tour in the Lake District).  Some events open to non-members.  More details soon on www.beatrixpottersociety.org.uk

July 2013

2 July: the Trollope Society (London) is holding a seminar on the graphic adaptation of John Caldigate. Contact martin.chown@cantab.net.

6 July: the Trollope Society is holding a walk in the footsteps of Anthony Trollope, in London.  Contact martin.chown@cantab.net for detail.

11 - 12 July: The Ledbury Poetry Festival -  includes a performance by The Poetry Trio ('Voices from Hurt Battalions'), a poetry recital of World War I, in Dymock church at 7.30 pm on 11 July (tickets £8 from Ledbury Poetry Festival box office or on the door); and an exhibition on 12 July at Dymock Village Hall ('Lives Lost - Lines Remembered').

11 - 13 July: John Clare Festival
, at Helpston, near Peterborough.  Visit johnclaresociety.blogspot.co.uk for detail.

17 July: National Portrait Gallery Exhibition: Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision Conference.  In the Ondaatje Lecture Theatre at the Gallery from 2.30 pm.  For detail and to book, visit www.virginiawoolfsociety.co.uk.

23 July: The Westerman Yarns
in partnership with the Wareham and District Development Trust are holding a dedication of the new Visitor Interpretation Panel to the memory of Percy F Westerman at 2.30 pm at The Redclyffe Yacht Club, Redclyffe, Wareham, Dorset. for detail contact westermanyarns@gmail.com.

26 July: Tale pieces study morning on the work of Thomas Bewick from 10 am to 1 pm.  At Northern Print, Stepney Bank, Newcastle upon Tyne. Admission charge.  Email enquiry@northernprint.org.uk

27 July: the Trollope Society (Cambridge) is holding a seminar on La Vendee.  Contact michael@thecleeve.freeserve.co.uk.  


10 August: Thomas Bewick's
birthday celebrations at Cherryburn.  From 1pm to 4pm.  Light afternoon conversation from 2pm to 3pm.  At Cherryburn, Station Road, Mickley Sq, near Stocksfield, Northumberland.  Admission charge. National Trust and Bewick Society members free.

29 - 31 August: Bronte Society conference, at the Scarman Conference Centre, Warwick University.  Visit their website for details.

30 August: The Friends of the Dymock Poets are holding a cider supper, celebrating the Dympock Poets cider supper of 100 years ago.  t Weston's Cider Scrumpy House Restaurant, Much Marcle, near Ledbury - 7 pm - tickets £25 per person. Contact the Friends for detail.


2 September: the Trollope Society (Cambridge) is holding a seminar on He Knew He Was Right. Contact michael@thecleeve.freeserve.co.uk.

3 September: The Chichester Literary Society event: Dickens' Portsmouth.  For detail visit www.chichesterliterarysociety.co.uk.

5 September: The Chichester Literary Society are holding a talk: The Life and Work of Max McDonald Gill, by Caroline Walker.  Detail at www.chichesterliterarysociety.co.uk.

5 - 7 September: Wadham College, Oxford, Poets of World War I Conference.

9 September: The Trollope Society (London)
is holding a seminar on Can You Forgive Her? Contact martin.chown@cantab.net.

10 - 13 September: The David Jones Society is running a conference, David Jones: Christian Modernist, in Oxford.  Organised by the Centre for Christianity and Culture, Regents Park College, Oxford, and the Modernism and Christianity Project, University of Bergen. Details at modernismchristianity.org/david-jones-conference.

11 September: The Bewick Society AGM, in the lecture theatre of the Literary and Philosophical Society, with a talk by local wood engraver Chris Daunt. At 6pm, 23 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne.  Free admission.  Contact bewick.society@newcastle.ac.uk.

11-13 September: A conference with the Ford Madox Ford SocietyCosmopolis, Ford Madox Ford and the Cultures of Paris - in Paris.  Visit their website for detail.

17 September: The Trollope Society is holding a seminar on Trollope in York.  For detail contact peter.lee@york.ac.uk.

30 September: The Trollope Society (Edinburgh) is holding a seminar on The Golden Lion of Granpere. Contact jdover@post.harvard.edu.


3 October: The Chichester Literary Society talk: Peter Lovesey: What next? A short story laid bare. Detail at www.chichesterliterarysociety.co.uk.

5 or 12 October: The Trollope Society is holding a walk in the footsteps of Trollope, in London. For more detail, contact martin.chown@cantab.net.

11 October: A joint Bewick Society and Natural History Society of Northumbria lecture: Hidden Treasures: The Drawings of Thomas Bewick (by Keir Davidson), at 1pm in the Clore Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor Hancock Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne.  Free admission.  Contact bewick.society@newcastle.ac.uk.

18 October: Thomas Bewick and His Apprentices, an exhibition at the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle upon Tyne.  Free admission.

25 October: The J B Priestley Society is sponsoring a one day conference on The Actual and the Real: Priestley, Documentary, Realism and Democracy 1930-1945 - in the Priestley Room of the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, from 10 am to 5 pm.  Tickets are £15 for Society members; and £22 for non-members.  Booking via k.e.smith436@btinternet.com.

30 October: The Trollope Society (London) has its AGM and Lecture. Contact susan.cooper@talktalk.net.


6 November: A Gliterary Lunch at the Oran Mor.  For detail visit www.gliterarylunches.com.

11 November: The Trollope Society (Edinburgh) is holding a seminar on Dr Wortle's School.  Contact jdover@post.harvard.edu.

20 November: The Trollope Society (York) is holding a seminar on Trollope in York.  For detail contact peter.lee@york.ac.uk.  

December 2014

4 December: A gliterary lunch at the George Hotel.  For detail visit www.gliterarylunches.com

May 2015

16 - 17 May: The Walmsley Society AGM and Gathering in Robin Hood's Bay, North Yorkshire.  Visit their website at www.walmsleysoc.org

30 - 31 May: The ALS AGM weekend, hosted by the Trollope Society, in York. 

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