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May 2016
1 May: The Chichester Literary Society. London walk led by Charles Kay: 'Chelsea, part two - the slummy end'. Detail at www.chichesterliterarysociety.co.uk/events/.
5 - 8 May: Words in the Square, celebrating 175 years of inspiration at the London Library. At St James's Square Gardens, London SW1Y 4LE - 16 events and 50 speakers. Programme and tickets at www.londonlibrary.co.uk/175.
6 May: The Chichester Literary Society. Talk by Robert Booth, local food writer, on 'My Favourite Things'. Detail at www.chichesterliterarysociety.co.uk/events/.
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.
10 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 at www.leamingtonliterarysociety.org.uk/programme.php.
15 May: The Thomas Hardy Society. A walk from Swanage to Corfe Castle. Detail at www.hardysociety.org/.
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/.
June 2016
3 June: The Chichester Literary Society. Talk by Beryl Kingston on 'Grabbing an idea out of the Air'. Detail at www.chichesterliterarysociety.co.uk/events/.
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.
18 June: The William Barnes Society. Annual summer lunch. Contact www.william-barnes-society.org.uk for detail. 18 - 24 June: The Charles Lamb Society. The Lamb Festival at All Saints Church, Church Street, Edmonton. Details at www.allsaintsedmonton.org.uk/lamb-festival.html.
July 2016

29 June - 2 July: The 42nd Annual International Conference of the Joseph Conrad Society (UK). At Edinburgh Napier University. Detail at www.josephconradsociety.org/news.htm.
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 from www.beatrixpottersociety.org.uk.

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 voicingdissentconference@gmail.com for detail. 

15 - 17 July: The John Clare Society annual festival in Helpston, near Peterborough.
18 July: The William Barnes Society. A visit to the Blackmore Vale. For more detail go to www.william-barnes-society.org.uk.
20 - 24 July: Conrad's Footprints: 2016 International Conrad Conference in Lublin, Poland. For detail visit www.josephconradsociety.org/news.htm.
20 - 25 July: The Dickens Fellowship annual conference in Aberdeen, Scotland.
23 July: The Housman Society summer outing to Woodchester. Details at www.housman-society.co.uk/.
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/.
August 2016
1 - 5 August: The Coleridge Summer Conference, at Bristol. Keynote speakers: Jeffrey Cox, Peter Manning, Margaret Russett. Detail at www.friendsofcoleridge.com/summer-conference.
13 - 29 August: The Edinburgh International Book Festival, at Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh.
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/.
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/
October 2016
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.
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.

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/.

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