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June 2015

4 June: The Trollope Society, North West Seminar Group, discussing Orley Farm, 6pm for 6.30pm, at the Friends Meeting House (room F15), Manchester. Book via j.ammar@hotmail.co.uk.

4 June: The Bewick Society Chairman, Dr Peter Quinn, will give a lecture in celebration of the launch of the revised publication of the Society's useful guide to the Newcastle of Bewick's day. Admission free. From 6.30 pm to 7.30pm, at Newcastle City Library, Charles Avison Building, 33 New Bridge Street, Newcastle upon Tyne.

4 - 6 June: Conference on Religion and Spirituality in Literature and the Arts. At the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures in Bucharest. Enquiries to litcultstbucharest@gmail.com.

5 June: The Chichester Literary Society is holding a talk by Valerie Grove on Laurie Lee. At 7pm for 7.30pm, St George's Church Hall, Cleveland Road, Chichester.

6 June: The Charles Williams Society will be meeting at the Centre for Mediaeval and Renaissance Studies, Shoe Lane, Oxford. The AGM is at 11.30am; and at 2.15pm there will be a talk by Sorina Higgins, the editor of the recent publication of Williams's early play 'The Chapel of the Thorn'. All welcome, whether members or not.

6 - 7 June: The Thomas Hardy Society Birthday Weekend, in and around Dorchester. Visit www.hardysociety.org for detail.

6 - 7 June: The School of Humanities at the University of Gloucestershire is hosting an event in conjunction with the Friends of the Dymock Poets and the Edward Thomas Fellowship. It is called 'New Numbers: New Approaches' and is  based on the Dymock Poets and the Special Collection at the University. The Saturday consists of formal papers as well as a performance in the evening. The Sunday offers the opportunity to explore Dymock via a number of guided walks. Costs: full weekend ticket £40; Saturday only £33. Enquiries to humanities@glos.ac.uk. Booking closes 25 May. 

11 - 13 June: The Althorpe Literary Festival. Details at www.spencerofalthorpe.com.

13 June: The ULEMLA afternoon talk by Professor Max Saunders, Director of the Arts & Humanities Research Institute from King's College, London - at 2.30 pm, room 415, Malet Street Building, Birkbeck College, London. Members free; non-members £4. Details at www.ulemla.org.uk.

16 June: The Trollope Society Scottish Seminar Group, are discussing An Editor's Tales, 7pm to 9pm at the Friends Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JH. Book via jdover@post.harvard.edu.

17 June: The Bewick Society is arranging a visit to the Jerwood Centre, Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere, Cumbria to discuss and examine part of the important collection of Bewick manuscript material held by the Wordsworth Trust. Numbers limited. For more detail email hughdixon7@gmail.com.

27 June: The Beatrix Potter Society. A fun filled day in Oak Glen, California, at the Historic Oak Glen Schoolhouse, to celebrate the Society's 35th anniversary. Tours of the schoolhouse, visit to the Arts & Crafts River House, a reading event, tea and a talk. More information before 1 June from Dale Schafer at mrqcam2@earthlink.net.

30 June: The Trollope Society London Seminar Group are discussing Barchester Towers, 6pm for 6.30pm, at St Giles in the Fields, 60 St Giles High Street, London WC2H 8LG. Book via martin.chown@cantab.net.

July 2015

8 - 11 July: The Penzance Literary Festival. Details at www.pz-litfest.org.uk.

10 - 12 July: the John Clare Society is holding its annual festival in Helpston, near Peterborough. Visit their website for details and summaries of past festivals.

19 July: Trollope guided walk in London, 1.50pm for 2pm start. Contact martin.chown@cantab.net.

August 2015

5 August: The Galloway Raiders.
From 11.30 onwards, an all day picnic and golf. The inaugural S R Crockett Bog Myrtle Trophy will be played for in a 3 balls competition and non-golfers can enjoy an all day Beach Picnic on St Andrews West Sands. For info visit www.gallowayraiders.co.uk.

8 August: The Bewick Society
is arranging a stirring walk from Newcastle to Cherryburn. This is a guided warlk leaving Cardinal Hume's statue, Bewick Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, at 10.30am, along the banks of the River Tyne to Cherryburn, Mickley. Retracing Bewick's regular walk to his parents'' house at Cherryburn. Details from peterjquinn@blueyonder.co.uk.

9 August: The Bewick Society are celebrating his birthday at Cherryburn. From 1 til 4pm. Light afternoon conversation from 2pm to 3pm. Cherryburn, Station Road, Mickley Square, Near Stocksfield, Northumberland. Admission charges apply. National Trust and Bewick Society members free.

September 2015

From 17 to 19 September. Leuven Academic Conference, celebrating the bicentenary of Trollope's birth in 1815. Info from TBC2015@arts.kuleuven.be.

4 September: The Chichester Literary Society is holding a talk by Anne Harvey on Behold this Dreamer - Walter de la Mare. At 7pm for 7.30pm, St George's Church Hall, Cleveland Road, Chichester.

7 September: The Inaugural Modernist Network Cymru Conference - A Century On: Modernist Studies in Wales. At the Research Institute of the Arts and Humanities, Swansea University. Keynote speaker: Prof Angharad Price from Bangor University. For info visit www.modernistnetworkcymru.org.

12 September: The Beatrix Potter Society. Autumn meeting at the Sloane Club, London SW1W 8BS (open to non members). Talk and tea. For detail visit www.beatrixpottersociety.org.uk.

12 September: The Siegfried Sassoon Fellowship - annual conference 'That Astonishing Infantry', at Wrexham County Borough Museum and Archives, Regent Street, Wrexham LLll lRB. Main speakers: historian and novelist Jonathan Hicks, and President of the Robert Graves Society Dr Charles Mundye. Open to all. Ticket £40 including refreshments and buffet lunch. To book contact secretary@sassoonfellowship.org.

12 September: The Thomas Hardy Society - AGM and 'Hardy and the Courts', at 3pm at Shire Hall, Dorchester.

29 September: The Trollope Society, Scottish Seminar Group, from 7pm to 9pm, at the Friends Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JH. Book via jdover@post.harvard.edu.

October 2015

2 October: The Chichester Literary Society is holding a talk by John Clegg on The Mystery of Thomas Hardy. At 7pm for 7.30pm, St George's Church Hall, Cleveland Road, Chichester.

2 October: The Thomas Hardy Society is arranging a visit to the Waterloo battlefield to celebrate The Dynasts during the bicentenary year of Napoleon's final defeat, and to mark the 120th anniversary of Hardy's last visit to the battlefield. Visit www.hardysociety.org.

8 October: The Bewick Society AGM and Lecture. 'From Bewick & Back - Why, Where & What?', with Keith Bowey. At Cherryburn, Station Road, Mickley Square, near Stocksfield, Northumberland, at 6pm. Admission free but you must book - at cherryburn@nationaltrust.org.uk.

11 October: Trollope guided tour of London, 1.50pm for 2pm start. Details from martin.chown@cantab.net.

17 October: The Children's Books History Society are hosting a study day on Dr Isaac Watts and early chlldren's poetry, inspired by the fact that 2015 is the tercentenary of the publication of Watts' Divine Songs in Easy Language for the Use of Children. At the Church Hall of the Crown Court Church of Scotland in Covent Garden, London. Further details from RKirkpatrick.molesworth@virgin.net.
29 October: The Thomas Hardy Society, London Lecture 'Hardy and Larkin: Poetry versus the Novel'. To be given by James Booth, author of Philip Larkin: Art and Love. Visit www.hardysociety.org.

29 October: Trollope Society AGM and Annual Lecture. At the National Liberal Club, Whitehall Place, London. Speaker: Geordie Greig, Editor of the Mail on Sunday. Start at 6pm.

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.

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

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

July 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 voicingdissentconference@gmail.com for detail.

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