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.
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 email@example.com 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.