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November 2015

5 November: The Bewick Society are holding a lecture by David Esslemont, 'Making Books, Chili and Curry'. Admission free. From 6.30 til 7.30 pm, at Bewick Hall, Newcastle City Library, Charles Avison Building, 33 New Bridge Street, Newcastle upon Tyne. Book via www.newcastle.gov.uk/libraryevents.

6 November: The Chichester Literary Society AGM followed by a talk by Linda Hart on Dorothy Parker: Misery, Men and Mirth. At 7pm for 7.30pm, St George's Church Hall, Cleveland Road, Chichester.

10 November: The Trollope Society Scottish Seminar Group are meeting at the Friends Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL, 4pm to 6pm. Contact jdover@post.harvard.edu.

17 November: Talk on Anthony Trollope at Freemason's Hall, Cambridge, at 7pm, in aid of the Sick Children's Trust.

21 November: The Charlotte M Yonge Fellowship holds its AGM at 10.30 am in the Conference Room, St James' Church, 197 Piccadilly, London WlJ 9LL, followed by a talk at 1.15 pm by Dr Rosemary Mitchell (Reader in Victorian Studies at Leeds Trinity) on 'Under a Lordly Elm' - C M Yonge and the Tory Romantic Community. Dr Mitchell will be looking particularly at Heartsease, Hopes and Fears, and at least one other novel - probably Pillars of the House. Non-members are very welcome: booking at www.cmyf.org.uk
29 November: Cambridge Literary Festival - with talks on Trollope's Dispossession and The Duke's Children. Tickets from adcticketing.com or 01223 300085.

December 2015

4 December: At 3pm, evensong at Westminster Abbey with wreath laying at the Trollope memorial in Poet's Corner.

5 December: The Beatrix Potter Society. Winter gathering at the Sloane Club, London SW1W 8BS (open to non members but limited numbers). Lunch and talk on The Secret Success of Peter Rabbit. For detail go to www.beatrixpottersociety.org.uk

 14 December: University of Nottinghampton John Clare Memorial Lecture. At 6pm in Lecture Theatre MR5, School of Arts (Maidwell Reception), University of Northampton, St George's Avenue, Northampton NN2 6JD. Open to all with pre-registration by email to ecw@northampton.ac.uk. Speaker: Dr Matthew Beaumont. Title: Homeless at Home: John Clare and the Romantic Nightwalkers.
19 December: The Thomas Hardy Society. At Hardy's Birthplace Visitor Centre, 6pm, 'Going the Rounds'. A walk which follows the Mellstock Quire route described in Under the Greenwood Tree, with appropriate songs and readings, and which ends at St Michael's Church, Stinsford. For info visit www.hardysociety.org

February 2016
13 February: The Westerman Seminar held in The Memorial Library at Portsmouth Grammar School, High Street, Old Portsmouth, from 10 am til 4 pm. Tickets £17.50 including all refreshments and buffet lunch. Book via westermanyarns@gmail.com or phone 02392375594. This year's seminar is an exploration of The Boy's Own Paper. There will also be talks about Dr Gordon Stables, George A Henty, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Full programme at www.westermanyarns.blogspot.co.uk.

March 2016

5 March: The Beatrix Potter Society
AGM and annual Linder Memorial Lecture at the Sloane Club SWlW 8BS (open to non members; no booking required; tea included). Dr Juliet Dusinberre, Fellow of Girton College Cambridge, and author of Alice to the Lighthouse, on 'Beatrix Potter: Defying the Enemy'. Visit www.beatrixpottersociety.org.uk for details.

19 March - 7 May: Ripping Yarns. The Life and books of Percy Westerman Exhibition at Westbury Manor Museum on West Street, Fareham, Hampshire. Admission free.

July 2016

28 June - 2 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.  

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