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 December 2016
 
13 December 2016: The Leamington Literary Society is holding a talk on 'Children's Books at Christmas', focussing on the writings of Beatrix Potter and Roald Dahl. Visit www.leamingtonliterarysociety.org.uk for detail.
 
 
31 December: The John Moore Museum, Tewkesbury. Festive Tudor Birds of Prey, from 10 am to 5 pm.
 

 
January 2016
 
10 January: The Leamington Literary Society is holding a talk on 'Penguin, the Paperback Revolutionaries', with James Mackay of the Warwick Society. Visit www.leamingtonliterarysociety.org.uk for detail.
 
11 January: The D H Lawrence Society is holding a meeting at The Horse and Groom, Moorgreen, Newthorpe, Nottingham, 7.15pm. Speaker: Catherine Brown on Lawrence and London.
 
11 January: The Gaskell Society New Year Lunch at Cottons Hotel in Knutsford. Details on their website.
 
14 January: The Thomas Hardy Memorial Service, 12 noon in Westerminster Abbey, London.
 
14 January: The Sherlock Holmes Society of London Annual Dinner, at the House of Commons, London.
 
14 January: The Johnson Society of London is meeting at Wesley's Chapel, 49 City Road, London, at 2.30pm. Speaker: Professor Marcus Walsh of Liverpool University on Johnson's Notes to Shakespeare and the Common Reader.
 
15 January: The Johnson Society of Lichfield is holding a lecture at The Martin Heath Hall, Christchurch Lane, Lichfield: Dr David Noy on Topham Beauclerk: Dr Johnson's Aristocratic Friend. Admission £3.50.
 
21 January: The Anthony Powell Society is holding its Hon Secretary's New Year Brunch, at Maxwell's Bar & Grill, 8 James Street, London WC2, 10 to 12. Need to book. Non members welcome.
 
21 January: The Dracula Society New Year Meeting - film evening 'Theatre of Blood', in London.
 
23 January: The Patrick Leigh Fermor Society is running a lecture by Michael Heslop on 'Where in the Mani was the Frankish castle of Megali Maini (Grand Magne)? A new synthesis of the evidence'. At Royal Holloway, University of London, in the Great Hall of the Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, London WlU 5AS. Booking is essential on 020 7563 9835, or at info@patrickleighfermorsociety.org.
 
25 January: The Gaskell Society meeting in Knutsford at Brook Street Chapel Hall, Adam's Hill, 12 til 3.
 

 
 
February 2016 
 
4 February: The Anthony Powell Society, London Group quarterly pub meet, at The Audley, Mount Street, London W1, 12.30 to 15.30. Booking not required. Non members welcome.
 
7 February: The Gaskell Society is meeting at Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester, from 12.15 to 2.15. A talk by Diane Duffy on Mrs Ellis Chadwick's Biography of Elizabeth Gaskell.
 
8 February: The D H Lawrence Society is meeting at The Horse and Groom, Moorgreen, Newthorpe, Nottingham, at 7.15pm. Speaker: Ruth Templeton on Jesse's Lament.
 
11 February: The John Moore Museum, Tewkesbury. Birds of Prey from 10am to 5pm.
 
11 February: The Johnson Society of London is meeting at Wesley's Chapel, 49 City Road, London, at 2.30pm. Speaker: Dr James Smith from Royal Holloway, on Shakespeare and Literary Criticism: Samuel Johnson and F R Leavis.
 
14 February: The Leamington Literary Society meets at the Dormer Conference Centre at St Peter's Church, Dormer Place, Leamington Spa, at 7.30pm. Speaker: Brendan Hawthorne, on Midlands Regional Dialects.
 
19 February: The Johnson Society of Lichfield is holding a lecture at The Martin Heath Hall, Christchurch Lane, Lichfield: Canon Peter Holliday on Johnson's Lichfield and Shakespeare's Stratford - an overdue rapprochement. Starts 2.30pm; £3.50 admission.
 
22 February: The Gaskell Society is meeting at Brook Street Chapel Hall, Adam's Hill, Knutsford, 12 til 3. Elizabeth Williams will lead a discussion on Elizabeth Gaskell's The Life of Charlotte Bronte.
 
22 February: The Blake Society will meet at Waterstones Bookshop, 203-206 Piccadilly, London, WlJ 9HD - 'Congenial Beings from another Sphere: The Meeting of Coleridge and Blake in fact and imagination.
 
25 February: The Marlowe Society London Day. In the Function Room, The King & Queen, 1 Foley Street, London WlW 6DL. Visit their website for detail.
 
 
 
 
 
March 2017
 
4 March: The Beatrix Potter Society is holding its AGM and Linder Memorial Lecture at the Sloane Club, London. Starts at 2pm, with a £5 charge on the door for non members.
 
7 March: The Gaskell Society meets at Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester, from 12.15 to 2.15.
 
8 March: The D H Lawrence Society is meeting at the Horse and Groom, Moorgreen, Newthorpe, Nottingham, 7.15 pm. Speaker: Andrew Harrison on The Life of D H Lawrence: A Critical Biography.
 
8 March: The Kilvert Society visit to Malmesbury.
 
11 March: The Dracula Society Literary Meeting, an evening with writer Ben Aaronovitch, in London.
 
11 March: The Johnson Society of London is meeting at Wesley's Chapel, 49 City Road, London, at 2.30pm. Speaker: Professor Jerry White of Birkbeck, on The Debtor's Prison in Johnson's London.
 
11 March: The George Eliot Fellowship has its AGM at Chilvers Coton Heritage Centre, Avenue Road, Nuneaton.
 
14 March: The Leamington Literary Society meets at The Dormer Conference Centre, St Peter's Church, Dormer Place, Leamington Spa, 7.30pm. Speaker: David Howe on George Orwell, Critic and Commentator.
 
17 - 19 March: The Barbara Pym Society North American Conference, Less than Angels, at the Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, USA.
 
17 March: The Blake Society meets at 7pm at Waterstones Bookshop, 203-206 Piccadilly, London, WlJ 9HD - 'Blake's Light as You Catch It in Soho'.
 
21 March: The William Barnes Society is holding a members' poetry reading from 7pm at the Dorford Centre, Dorchester DT1 1RR. Non members welcome (£2 fee). William Barnes Ecologues discussed and performed.
 
23 March: The Sherlock Holmes Society of London Spring Meeting - His Last Bow - 6pm to 10pm at the National Liberal Club. A debate with eight panellists, each proposing their favourite of the eight stories.
 
29 March: The Gaskell Society meets at Brook Street Chapel Hall, Adam's Hill, Knutsford, from 12 til 3.
 
 
 
April 2017 
 
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.
 
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 - 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.
 
26 April: The Gaskell Society meet at Brook Street Chapel Hall, Adam's Hill, Knutsford, 12 to 3.
 

 
May 2017
 
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 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.
 
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.
 
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'.
 
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.
 
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.
 
28 May: The George Eliot Country Tour. Visit the Fellowship's website for detail.
 
 
 
June 2017
 
30 May - 4 June: The Dracula Society visit to Bohemia and Prague, 'The Golem and the White Lady'. Visit their website for details. 
 
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.
 
22 - 24 June: The Historical Novel Society North American Conference in Portland, Oregon. Details on their website.
 
 
 
July 2017 
 
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.
 
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.
 
 
 
September 2017
 
1 - 3 September: The Barbara Pym Society AGM and Conference at St Hilda's College, Oxford.
 
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.
 
9 - 10 September: The Beatrix Potter Society Autumn Meeting in the Lake District.
 
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 - 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.
 
30 September: The Gaskell Society Autumn Meeting, at the Knutsford Methodist Church, Princess Street, Knutsford.
 


October 2017
 
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.
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
 
 



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