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May 2017
 
30 April - 2 May: The Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival. For detail, visit www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk.
 
1 - 13 May: The Swindon Festival of Literature. For detail, visit www.swindonfestivalofliterature.co.uk.
 
2 - 4 May: Keele Drama Society Musical 'Jock-on-the-Go', celebrating the 150th anniversary of Arnold's birthday. At Stoke on Trent Rep, 7.30pm. Book via musicmaniauk.com/buy-tickets/buy-repertory-theatre-tickets/.
 
4 May: The National Portrait Gallery in London has a lunchtime lecture: 'The Invention of Angela Carter', with Edmund Gordon looking at her work. At 1.15pm in the Ondaatje Wing Theatre. Tickets £3. Book via www.npg.org.uk.
 
5 - 7 May: Wells-next-the-Sea North Norfolk Poetry Festival. For detail, visit www.poetrynextthesea.co.uk.
 
6 - 28 May: The Brighton Festival. For detail, visit www.brightonfestival.org.
 
6 - 13 May: The Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature. For detail, visit www.foweyfestival.com.
 
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 - 14 May: The Chipping Camden Literature Festival. For detail, visit www.campdenlitfest.co.uk.
 
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.
 
9 May: Play - 'Bennett in Burslem', Ray Johnson. At the Old Town Hall/Haywood Academy.
 
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.
 
10 May: Arnold Bennett Society. Screening of 'Piccadilly' - book launch of new adaptation. At 7.30pm, Film Theatre.10 -
 
13 May: The Nancy Blackett Trust is organising a Shotley Point Stroll (as part of the Suffolk Walking Festival), from 12 til 1pm. Starting at Bristol Arms, Shotley Gate, Suffolk. From 12 til 5pm there is also the Arthur Ransome Pin Mill jamboree at Pin Mill, Suffolk.
 
14 May: The Guernsey Literary Festival. For detail, visit www.guernseyliteraryfestival.com.
 
11 May: The National Portrait Gallery in London is holding a discussion panel 'In Conversation: Masked/Unmasked', with Diran Adebayo, John Burnside, Jay Griffiths and John Wright, discussing how masks can both hide and reveal. At 7pm. Tickets £8. Book via www.npg.org.uk.
 
13 - 14 May: The Barnes Children's Literature Festival in London. For detail visit www.barneskidslitfest.org/.
 
15 May: Nancy Blackett Trust Book Group - 'We Didn't Mean to go to Sea' by Arthur Ransome, at Shotley Library (Village Hall), Suffolk.
 
19 - 29 May: Charleston Festival, East Sussex. For detail, visit www.charleston.org.uk.
 
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'.
 
20 - 28 May: The International Literature Festival, Dublin. For detail, visit www.ilfdublin.com.
 
22 May: The Royal Society of Literature has Alan Ayckbourn in conversation with Peter Kemp: 'Alan Ayckbourn: Eighty Plays On', in the Knowledge Centre at the British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, from 7pm to 8.30pm. Tickets £12. Book via www.bl.uk.
 
23 May: The Nancy Blackett Trust. At 9.30 am, 'We Didn't Mean to go to Sea' guided walk (as part of the Suffolk Walking Festival), start at Pin Mill, Suffolk.
 
25 May: The National Portrait Gallery in London holds a performance by storyteller Giles Abbott, 'A Search for Perfection - Alexander Pope'. At 7pm. Tickets £8. Book via www.npg.org.uk.
 
25 May - 4 June. The Hay Festival. For detail, visit www.hayfestival.com.
 
26 May - 17 June: Arnold Bennett Society. 'Anna of the Five Towns' at the New Vic Theatre.
 
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.
 
26 - 28 May: The Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival. For detail, visit www.bodminmoorpoetryfestival.co.uk.
 
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.
 
27 May: The Nancy Blackett Trust are holding the Two Rivers Guided Walk, as part of the Suffolk Walking Festival, from 11am to 1.30pm, starting at The Rose, Shotley, Suffolk.
 
27 May: Arnold Bennett Society. Unveiling of the Arnold Bennett Statue at 12 noon, and anniversary dinner in the evening. At the Pottery Museum and Art Gallery, Hanley.
 
28 May: The George Eliot Country Tour. Visit the Fellowship's website for detail.
 
28 May: the Arnold Bennett Society. Commemoration Service at 10.30, Swan Bank Methodist Church, Burslem. Laying of a wreath in the cemetary at 2pm.
 
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
 
2 June: The Nancy Blackett Trust. Farms and Rivers Guided Walk, from 10am to 12.30pm, starting at The Shipwreck, Shotley Marina, Suffolk.
 
4 June: Parade of Sail - Nancy Blackett's Flotilla Sail Past, at Pin Mill, Suffolk.
 
8 - 10 June: The Stoke on Trent Literary Festival.
 
9 - 11 June: The R S Thomas Literary Festival Gwyl Lenyddol is taking place at Aberdaron in Wales. For more information visit www.rsthomaspoetry.co.uk.
 
10 - 11 June: Swallows and Amazons 'Big Race for Small Boats' (OGA East Coast), Walton & Frinton Yacht Club, Essex.
 
14 June: Music & Bennett - The Great Cause of Cheering Us All Up. Phoenix Singers/Claybody Theatre/Daleian Singers 01782 381381. At the New Vic Theatre.
 
15 June: The Powys Society is partnering with the University of Exeter to hold a one day literary symposium, at the Old Library, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter University, starting at 10.30am, to discuss the role of literary archives and especially the Powys Society Collection, as well as the collections of other major South West writers. Contact chris.d.thomas@hotmail.co.uk for detail.
 
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. 
 
31 May - 4 June: Listowel Writers' Week, at Listowel in County Kerry, Ireland. For detail visit www.writersweek.ie.
 
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.
 
21 June: The Royal Society of Literature has a lecture by Michael Rosen 'Why Writing Matters', at the Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, from 7pm to 9pm. Tickets £10. Book via www.bl.uk.
 
22 - 24 June: The Historical Novel Society North American Conference in Portland, Oregon. Details on their website.
 
 
 
July 2017 
 
30 June - 9 July: The Bradford Literature Festival. For detail,visit www.bradfordliteraturefestival.co.uk.
 
4 July: The Royal Society of Literature is holding a discussion of 'What's So Great About Austen?", with Paula Bryne, Helena Kelly and Kamila Shamsie. In the Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, from 7pm to 8.30pm. Tickets £10. Book via www.bl.uk.
 
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.
 
9 - 17 June: The Derby Book Festival. For detail, visit www.derbybookfestival.co.uk.
 
12 July: The Arnold Bennett Society. Talk on Bennett and the society at Burslem History Club, the Leopard Hotel.
 
14 July: Play by Bill Ridgway - Arnold Bennett and Marguerite. At Middleport Pottery. Tickets from www.middleportpottery.org/events.
 
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.
 
12 - 28 August: The Edinburgh International Book Festival, at Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh. For detail, visit www.edbookfest.co.uk.
 
18 - 20 August: The Powys Society holds its annual conference, at the Hand Hotel in Llangollen. Speakers include David Goodway, David Stimpson, Grevel Lindop, Charles Williams and Pat Quigley. Register at www.powys-society.org.
 
19 - 20 August: Nancy Blackett at the Ipswich Maritime Festival, Suffolk.
 
 
 
September 2017
 
1 - 2 September: Conference - The Many Lives of Arnold Bennett: a Celebration, at Keele University.
 
1 - 3 September: The Barbara Pym Society AGM and Conference at St Hilda's College, Oxford.
 
4 - 9 September: Bewdley Book Week. For detail, visit www.bewdleybookweek.org.uk.
 
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.
 
9 - 10 September: Nancy Blackett at Maritime Woodbridge, Suffolk.
 
13 - 17 September: The International Agatha Christie Festival, Torquay. For detail, visit www.agathachristiefestival.com.
 
13 - 17 September: The Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival. For detail, visit www.budlitfest.org.uk.
 
15 September: The Arnold Bennett Society. Screening of 'Piccadilly'. £5. Book online via hellow@foxloweartscentre.org.uk. At Foxlowe Arts Centre.
 
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 September: 'On Stage Mr Bennett', concert, part of Penkhull Festival. Detail at www.penkhullfestival.com.
 
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.
 
28 September - 1 October: The Marlborough Literature Festival. For detail, visit www.marlboroughlitfest.org.
 
30 September: The Gaskell Society Autumn Meeting, at the Knutsford Methodist Church, Princess Street, Knutsford.
 


October 2017
 
2 - 8 October: The Henley Literary Festival. For detail, visit www.henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk.
 
6 - 15 October: The Cheltenham Literary Festival. For detail, visit www.cheltenhamfestivals.com.
 
6 - 15 October: The Wimbledon Bookfest. For detail, visit www.wimbledonbookfest.org.
 
8 - 15 October: The Guildford Book Festival. For detail, visit www.guildfordbookfestival.co.uk.
 
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.
 
12 - 15 October: The Isle of Wight Literary Festival. For detail, visit www.isleofwightliteraryfestival.com.
 
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.
 
14 October - 4 November: The Canterbury Festival. For detail, visit www.canterburyfestival.co.uk.
 
20 - 22 October: The Berwick Literary Festival. For detail, visit www.berwickliteraryfestival.com.
 
26 - 30 September: The Lincoln Book Festival. For detail, visit www.lincolnbookfestival.org.
 
 
 
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.
 
5 - 12 November: The Bridport Literary Festival. For detail, visit www.bridlit.com.
 
17 - 19 November: The Lavenham Literary Festival. For detail, visit www.lavenhamliteraryfestival.co.uk.
 
17 - 26 November: The Folkestone Book Festival. For detail, visit www.folkestonebookfestival.co.uk.
 
 
 
December
 
2 December: The Powys Society is meeting at 2pm at the Friends Meeting House in Hampstead, to discuss John Cowper Powys' short book, 'The Religion of a Sceptic'. Contact chris.d.thomas@hotmail.co.uk for detail.
 
 
 
 
 
 



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