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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.
 
11 January: The D H Lawrence Society is holding a meeting at The Horse and Groom, Moorgreen, Newthorpe, Nottingham, 7.15pm. Speaker: Catherine Brown on Lawrence and London.
 
11 January: The Gaskell Society New Year Lunch at Cottons Hotel in Knutsford. Details on their website.
 
14 January: The Thomas Hardy Memorial Service, 12 noon in Westerminster Abbey, London.
 
14 January: The Sherlock Holmes Society of London Annual Dinner, at the House of Commons, London.
 
14 January: The Johnson Society of London is meeting at Wesley's Chapel, 49 City Road, London, at 2.30pm. Speaker: Professor Marcus Walsh of Liverpool University on Johnson's Notes to Shakespeare and the Common Reader.
 
15 January: The Johnson Society of Lichfield is holding a lecture at The Martin Heath Hall, Christchurch Lane, Lichfield: Dr David Noy on Topham Beauclerk: Dr Johnson's Aristocratic Friend. Admission £3.50.
 
21 January: The Anthony Powell Society is holding its Hon Secretary's New Year Brunch, at Maxwell's Bar & Grill, 8 James Street, London WC2, 10 to 12. Need to book. Non members welcome.
 
21 January: The Dracula Society New Year Meeting - film evening 'Theatre of Blood', in London.
 
23 January: The Patrick Leigh Fermor Society is running a lecture by Michael Heslop on 'Where in the Mani was the Frankish castle of Megali Maini (Grand Magne)? A new synthesis of the evidence'. At Royal Holloway, University of London, in the Great Hall of the Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, London WlU 5AS. Booking is essential on 020 7563 9835, or at info@patrickleighfermorsociety.org.
 
25 January: The Gaskell Society meeting in Knutsford at Brook Street Chapel Hall, Adam's Hill, 12 til 3.
 

 
 
February 2016 
 
4 February: The Anthony Powell Society, London Group quarterly pub meet, at The Audley, Mount Street, London W1, 12.30 to 15.30. Booking not required. Non members welcome.
 
7 February: The Gaskell Society is meeting at Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester, from 12.15 to 2.15. A talk by Diane Duffy on Mrs Ellis Chadwick's Biography of Elizabeth Gaskell.
 
8 February: The D H Lawrence Society is meeting at The Horse and Groom, Moorgreen, Newthorpe, Nottingham, at 7.15pm. Speaker: Ruth Templeton on Jesse's Lament.
 
11 February: The John Moore Museum, Tewkesbury. Birds of Prey from 10am to 5pm.
 
11 February: The Johnson Society of London is meeting at Wesley's Chapel, 49 City Road, London, at 2.30pm. Speaker: Dr James Smith from Royal Holloway, on Shakespeare and Literary Criticism: Samuel Johnson and F R Leavis.
 
14 February: The Leamington Literary Society meets at the Dormer Conference Centre at St Peter's Church, Dormer Place, Leamington Spa, at 7.30pm. Speaker: Brendan Hawthorne, on Midlands Regional Dialects.
 
19 February: The Johnson Society of Lichfield is holding a lecture at The Martin Heath Hall, Christchurch Lane, Lichfield: Canon Peter Holliday on Johnson's Lichfield and Shakespeare's Stratford - an overdue rapprochement. Starts 2.30pm; £3.50 admission.
 
22 February: The Gaskell Society is meeting at Brook Street Chapel Hall, Adam's Hill, Knutsford, 12 til 3. Elizabeth Williams will lead a discussion on Elizabeth Gaskell's The Life of Charlotte Bronte.
 
22 February: The Blake Society will meet at Waterstones Bookshop, 203-206 Piccadilly, London, WlJ 9HD - 'Congenial Beings from another Sphere: The Meeting of Coleridge and Blake in fact and imagination.
 
25 February: The Marlowe Society London Day. In the Function Room, The King & Queen, 1 Foley Street, London WlW 6DL. Visit their website for detail.
 
 
 
 
 
March 2017
 
2 March: The David Jones Society  is showing the film on the life and work of David Jones, 'Steel Be My Sister', at 7.30pm in New College, Oxford. 6.30, drinks in the Undercroft; 7pm tour of Eric Gill's War Memorial in the Ante Chapel; 7.30pm film in Lecture Room 6. Admission is free, but you must book via lucas.wessling@new.ox.ac.uk.
 
4 March: The Beatrix Potter Society is holding its AGM and Linder Memorial Lecture at the Sloane Club, London. Starts at 2pm, with a £5 charge on the door for non members.
 
7 March: The Gaskell Society meets at Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester, from 12.15 to 2.15.
 
8 March: The D H Lawrence Society is meeting at the Horse and Groom, Moorgreen, Newthorpe, Nottingham, 7.15 pm. Speaker: Andrew Harrison on The Life of D H Lawrence: A Critical Biography.
 
8 March: The Kilvert Society visit to Malmesbury.
 
11 March: The Dracula Society Literary Meeting, an evening with writer Ben Aaronovitch, in London.
 
11 March: The Johnson Society of London is meeting at Wesley's Chapel, 49 City Road, London, at 2.30pm. Speaker: Professor Jerry White of Birkbeck, on The Debtor's Prison in Johnson's London.
 
11 March: The George Eliot Fellowship has its AGM at Chilvers Coton Heritage Centre, Avenue Road, Nuneaton.
 
11 March: The David Jones Society presents 'Starlight Order', a symposium in honour of David Jones. At the Art Workers' Guild, 6 Queen Sq, London WC1N 3AT, 10am to 6pm. Cost £40, including refreshments. To register go to www.david-jones-society.org/conferences-symposia.html.
 
14 March: The Leamington Literary Society meets at The Dormer Conference Centre, St Peter's Church, Dormer Place, Leamington Spa, 7.30pm. Speaker: David Howe on George Orwell, Critic and Commentator.
 
17 - 19 March: The Barbara Pym Society North American Conference, Less than Angels, at the Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, USA.
 
17 - 30 March: The York Literature Festival. More than 60 events, and an all star cast. For more information visit www.yorkliteraturefestival.co.uk/.
 
17 March: The Blake Society meets at 7pm at Waterstones Bookshop, 203-206 Piccadilly, London, WlJ 9HD - 'Blake's Light as You Catch It in Soho'.
 
21 March: The William Barnes Society is holding a members' poetry reading from 7pm at the Dorford Centre, Dorchester DT1 1RR. Non members welcome (£2 fee). William Barnes Ecologues discussed and performed.
 
23 March: The Sherlock Holmes Society of London Spring Meeting - His Last Bow - 6pm to 10pm at the National Liberal Club. A debate with eight panellists, each proposing their favourite of the eight stories.
 
29 March: The Gaskell Society meets at Brook Street Chapel Hall, Adam's Hill, Knutsford, from 12 til 3.
 
 
 
April 2017 
 
1 April: The Friends of the Dymock Poets are holding their Spring Meeting. 'Remembering Edward Thomas', readings, poems and the Pear Tree Press. Speakers Frances Guthrie, John Monks, Anna Stenning. At the Market Theatre, Ledbury HR8 2AQ, from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Tickets £25 including lunch and tea. For more detail email contact@dymockpoets.org.uk.
 
8 April: The Johnson Society of London is meeting at Wesley's Chapel, 49 City Road, London, at 2.30pm. Speaker: Professor Norman Clarke of Kingson University, on Oliver Goldsmith and His Biographers.
 
8 April: The Gaskell Society AGM at Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester, from 10 til 3.30.
 
11 April: The Leamington Literary Society meets at the Dormer Conference Centre, St Peter's Church, Dormer Place, Leamington Spa, at 7.30pm. Speaker: Professor Joe Phelan of De Montfort, on The many-sided Poetic Genius of Robert Browning.
 
11 April: The William Barnes Society has a talk by Dr Martin Dubois on Victorian Poetry and English Dialects, at 7pm, at the Dorford Centre, Dorchester DT1 1RR. Non-members welcome for a fee of £2.
 
12 April: The D H Lawrence Society meets at The Horse and Groom , Moorgreen, Newthorpe, Nottingham, 7.15 pm. Speaker: John Worthen on Lawrence's Fictional Self.
 
19 April: The Blake Society meets at 7pm at Waterstones Bookshop, 203-206 Piccadilly, London WlJ 9HD - 'Neo-Romantic Envisionings: The Influence of William Blake and Samuel Palmer on British Artists of the Inter-War Years'.
 
21 April: The Kilvert Society AGM at the Bishop's Palace, Hereford, 7pm.
 
21 April: The Malcolm Saville Society is running a literary conference from 10 til 4 at the Old Ship Hotel, Brighton. Fee is £35, including refreshments and lunch.  Booking form www.witchend.com.
 
21 - 23 April: The Dorothy Dunnett Society's Edinburgh Weekend and AGM. Information on their website.
 
22 April: The Kilvert Society seminar and annual dinner at Hedley Lodge, Belmont, Hereford.
 
22 April: The Dracula Society spring meeting and AGM - The Horrors Within. Visit their website for detail, www.thedraculasociety.org.uk.
 
26 April: The Gaskell Society meet at Brook Street Chapel Hall, Adam's Hill, Knutsford, 12 to 3.
 

 
May 2017
 
6 May: The Anthony Powell Society London Group quarterly pub meet at the Audley, Mount Street, London W1, 12.30 to 15.30. Non members welcome. Booking not required.
 
7 May: The Barbara Pym Society spring meeting at St Alban's Centre, Holborn, London. Speaker: Alison Shell on Anglicanism and Women Novelists: A Special Relationship.
 
9 May: The Leamington Literary Society meets at 7.30pm at the Dormer Conference Centre, St Peter's Church, Dormer Place, Leamington Spa. Speaker: Martin Greenwood, Curator of the Flora Thompson collection Buckingham, on Lark Rise to Candleford: the writings of Flora Thompson.
 
10 May: The D H Lawrence Society meets at the Horse and Groom, Moorgreen, Newthorpe, Nottingham, at 7.15pm. Speaker: Clive Leivers on The Chambers after the Haggs.
 
20 May: The George Eliot Fellowship is holding a Day at Chilvers Coton Heritage Centre, Avenue Road, Nuneaton - the theme being George Eliot and Faith.
 
20 May: The Beatrix Potter Society meets at the Sloane Club, London. Speaker: Andrew Wiltshire, on his book about Leslie Linder 'Beatrix Potter's Secret Code Breaker'.
 
26 May: The Sherlock Holmes Society of London AGM and Pub Quiz, from 6pm to 10pm at the Savage Club within the National Liberal Club in London.
 
27 - 29 May: The Sherlock Holmes Society's London Festival, including a visit to the new Postal Museum and a trip on London's secret Underground Railway.
 
28 May: The George Eliot Country Tour. Visit the Fellowship's website for detail.
 
30 May - 4 June: The Dracula Society is running a 5 night trip to Bohemia and Prague ('The Golem and the White Lady'). Non members welcome. Book via www.thedraculasociety.org.uk
 
 
 
June 2017
 
17 June 2017 - 8 January 2018: Jane Austen by the Sea,a display at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, exploring her relationships with coastal towns and life in Brighton during her time.
 
30 May - 4 June: The Dracula Society visit to Bohemia and Prague, 'The Golem and the White Lady'. Visit their website for details. 
 
9 - 11 June: US Symposium ' Beatrix Potter in New London on the Thames', at Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut, USA. Details from the Beatrix Potter Society.
 
10 June: The Dorothy Dunnett Society is organising a day in Oxford, at Wolfson College, with speakers. Visit their website for detail.
 
14 June: The D H Lawrence Society meets at the Horse and Groom, Moorgreen, Newthorpe, Nottingham, at 7.15pm. Speaker: Jonathan Long on The Presentation Copies of Lawrence's Books.
 
17 - 18 June: the Hopkins Society is organising a day at Gladstone's Library in Hawarden, Clwyd, North Wales, with a panel of top Hopkins scholards.
 
22 - 24 June: The Historical Novel Society North American Conference in Portland, Oregon. Details on their website.
 
 
 
July 2017 
 
6 - 8 July: The Joseph Conrad Society Annual International Conference at the Polish Social and Cultural Organisation in Hammersmith, London. Visit their website for detail.
 
14 - 16 July: The John Clare Society Festival, in Helpston, near Peterborough. Visit their website for detail.
 
15 July: The William Barnes Society is organising a visit to the Old Came Rectory at Winterborne Came, DT2 8NX, starting at 10.30 - see their website for details.
 
20 - 25 July: The Dickens Fellowship annual conference in Cararra, Italy. Visit their website for details.
 
21 July: The Gaskell Society Conference, at the Best Western Royal Beach Hotel, St Helens Parade, Portsmouth. 'South and North'. Visit their website for detail.
 
 
 
August 2017
 
5 August: The Anthony Powell Society London Group quarterly pub meet, at the Audley, Mount Street, London Wl, 12.30 to 15.30. Non members welcome. Booking not required.
 
 
 
September 2017
 
1 - 3 September: The Barbara Pym Society AGM and Conference at St Hilda's College, Oxford.
 
7 - 9 September: The Ford Madox Ford Society is holding an international conference at the Universite Paul Valery, Montpellier, France. The theme is 'Ford and the Other'. Visit their website for details.
 
8 - 11 September: The Dracula Society is organising a three night trip to Whitby. Details at www.thedraculasociety.org.uk.
 
9 - 10 September: The Beatrix Potter Society Autumn Meeting in the Lake District.
 
16 September: The Hopkins Society is holding a day in The Hopkins Room of the Stratford Library, London: 10am to 4pm on Hopkins and Stratford.
 
21 - 24 September: The Graham Greene International Festival. More detail from the Graham Greene Birthplace Trust.
 
22 - 24 September: The Sherlock Holmes Society of London is organising a weekend in East Anglia - 'I at once came to Norfolk'. Visit their website for detail.
 
22 - 24 September: The Dorothy Dunnett Society is organising a 'journey to Leeds'. Visit their website for detail.
 
30 September: The Gaskell Society Autumn Meeting, at the Knutsford Methodist Church, Princess Street, Knutsford.
 


October 2017
 
12 October: The Sherlock Holmes Society of London - the Richard Lancelyn Green Lecture, 6.45 - 10pm at the Savage Club within the National Liberal Club, London.
 
14 October: The Friends of the Dymock Poets are holding their Autumn Meeting at Colwall Village Hall WR13 6EQ. For information email contact@dymockpoets.org.uk.
 
 
 
November 2017
 
4 November: The Anthony Powell Society London Group quarterly pub meet, at The Audley, Mount Street, London Wl, 12.30 to 15.30. Non members welcome. Booking not required.
 
 
 
 
 
 



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