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April 2017 
 
1 April: The Arnold Bennett Society: Illustrated talk by Ray Johnson 'AB at the Front'. At 2pm at the Pottery Museum and Art Gallery.
 
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.
 
5 April: The Arnold Bennett Society. Screening of 'Dear Mr Prohak', free event, at 7.45pm at the Film Theatre.
 
6 April: The National Portrait Gallery in London is holding a lunchtime lecture: 'Mad, bad and dangerous to know' - Lord Byron and his women. At 1.15pm in the Ondaatje Wing Theatre. Tickets £3. Book via www.npg.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.
 
18 - 23 April: The Cambridge Literary Festival. For detail, visit www.cambridgewordfest.co.uk.
 
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.
 
23 - 30 April: The Cuirt International Festival of Literature, in Galway City, Ireland. For detail, visit www.cuirt.ie.
 
23 - 30 April: The Stratford upon Avon Literary Festival. For detail visit www.stratfordliteraryfestival.co.uk.
 
24 April: Launch of Tom Dilworth's big biography of David Jones at Aberystwyth University at 6.30pm. For detail, contact Luke Thurston lut@aber.ac.uk.
 
25 April: Launch of Tom Dilworth's big biography of David Jones at the London Review of Books at 7pm. To attend, email jonathanbarker1@hotmail.com.
 
26 April: The Gaskell Society meet at Brook Street Chapel Hall, Adam's Hill, Knutsford, 12 to 3.
 
27 April: The National Portrait Gallery in London is holding 'Visualising Portraits: Art, Invention and Thought: the Romantic', exploring this collection of key Romantic poets and figures from the Regency period. Starts at 2pm. Free, just follow signage on the day.
 
28 - 30 April: The Deepings Literary Festival near Peterborough. To see the fantastic programme they are offering, visit deepingsliteraryfestival.co.uk.
 
28 April - 1 May: The Shrewsbury Children's Bookfest. For detail, visit www.shrewsburybookfest.co.uk.
 
28 April - 7 May: The Hexham Book Festival in Northumbria. For detail, visit www.hexhambookfestival.co.uk.
 
29 April: The Powys Society is meeting at 10.30am at the Old Fire Engine House, 25 St Mary's Street in Ely, to discuss Cowper Powys' novel 'Porius', focussing on the character of Myrddin Wyllt.
 
29 - 30 April: The Colonsay Book Festival, in the Hebrides, Scotland. For detail visit www.colonsaybookfestival.org.uk.
 

 
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 - 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/.
 
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.
 
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: 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
 
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.
 
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.
 
 
 
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.
 
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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