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July 2016


29 June - 2 July: The 42nd Annual International Conference of the Joseph Conrad Society (UK). At Edinburgh Napier University. Detail at www.josephconradsociety.org/news.htm.
 
 
2, 16 and 30 July: The E F Benson Society, Mapp & Lucia guided walk about Rye, lasting 1 hr 45 mins, cost £6.95 per person, starts at 2pm. From the Look-out at the eastern end of the High Street, and ending at Lamb House which is open on Saturdays. Further detail at info@efbensonsociety.org.
 
2 July: Concert in Dymock Church. At 7.30pm. Peter Wilman, Bob May and the St Mary's Singers. Focusing on the music of young composers who died in WW1. Tickets: adults £10; students £3. Book via Dymock Shop 01531 890259, or Dymock Church 01531 890676.
 
5 - 8 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. 

9 July: E F Benson Society are holding a Rye Day - details via their website.
 
15 - 17 July: The John Clare Society annual festival in Helpston, near Peterborough.
 
18 July: The William Barnes Society. A visit to the Blackmore Vale. For more detail go to www.william-barnes-society.org.uk.
 
20 - 24 July: Conrad's Footprints: 2016 International Conrad Conference in Lublin, Poland. For detail visit www.josephconradsociety.org/news.htm.
 
20 - 25 July: The Dickens Fellowship annual conference in Aberdeen, Scotland.
 
23 July: The Housman Society summer outing to Woodchester. Details at www.housman-society.co.uk/.
 
 
23 July: The Thomas Hardy Society is holding its 22nd International Conference and Festival, to be opened by their President Julian Fellowes. More detail at www.hardysociety.org/.29 - 31 July: The 5th Bristol Conference '20th century Schoolgirls and Their Books'. For detail email sdore@waitrose.com.
 
 
 
 
 
August 2016
 
 
1 - 5 August: The Coleridge Summer Conference, at Bristol. Keynote speakers: Jeffrey Cox, Peter Manning, Margaret Russett. Detail at www.friendsofcoleridge.com/summer-conference.
 
 
13 & 27 August: The E F Benson Society, Mapp & Lucia guided walk about Rye, lasting 1 hr 45 mins, cost £6.95 per person, starts at 2pm. From the Look-out at the eastern end of the High Street, and ending at Lamb House which is open on Saturdays. Further detail at info@efbensonsociety.org.
 
13 - 29 August: The Edinburgh International Book Festival, at Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh.
 
27 August: Westerman Yarns are holding an evening talk and a rare screening of the original silent film of Haunted Harbour, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at The Diving Museum, No. 2 Battery, Stokes Bay Road, Gosport, PO12 2QU. Nigel Gossop delivers an illustrated talk on the life and stories of Percy F Westerman. Tickets £6 incl refreshments. 
 
 
 
 
 
September 2016
 
 
2 September: The Chichester Literary Society. Talk by Elizabeth Cassie on 'Mothers and Daughters'. Detail at www.chichesterliterarysociety.co.uk/events/.
 
2 - 4 September: The Historical Novel Society conference in Oxford. Speakers include Melvyn Bragg, Fay Weldon, Tracy Chevalier, Kate Williams, Margaret George, Elizabeth Chadwick, C W Gortner and Jo Baker.  In the Andrew Wiles Building and nearby St Anne's College, Woodstock Road. Detail at hnsoxford2016.org/
 
2 - 4 September: The Barbara Pym Society AGM and Conference at St Hilda's College, Oxford, No Fond Return of Love. Detail at www.barbara-pym.org/.
 
 
10 September: The Beatrix Potter Society autumn meeting in London.  Connie Neumann on 'Peter Rabbit Tales and Pioneer Trails: the parallel lives of Beatrix Potter and Laura Ingalls Wilder'. Open to non members, no booking needed, tea included and details from www.beatrixpottersociety.org.uk.
 
 
10 & 24 September: The E F Benson Society, Mapp & Lucia guided walk about Rye, lasting 1 hr 45 mins, cost £6.95 per person, starts at 2pm. From the Look-out at the eastern end of the High Street, and ending at Lamb House which is open on Saturdays. Further detail at info@efbensonsociety.org.
 
22 - 25 September: The Grahame Greene Birthplace Trust 18th International Festival. Detail at grahamgreenebt.org/
 
 
 
October 2016
 
 
7 October: The Chichester Literary Society. Talk by Colin Pinney on 'Yeats and Maud Gonne, the Gulf of Love'. Detail at www.chichesterliterarysociety.co.uk/events/.
 
7 - 16 October: The Times & Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, at Cheltenham Town Hall.
 
8 October: The John Clare and George Borrow Societies joint event in Epping. A morning of talks, and an afternoon guided walk in the Forest, at High Beach.
 
11 October: The William Barnes Society. AGM at 7pm at Dorford Centre, Top O'Town, Dorchester. Guest speaker: Bonny Sartin 'The Folk Songs of Dorset'. For detail go to www.william-barnes-society.org.uk.
 

 
November 2016 
 
 
4 November: The Chichester Literary Society. AGM, followed by talk by David Tregear on 'Peacock Pie'. Detail at www.chichesterliterarysociety.co.uk/events/.
 
 
27-28 November: A Jane Austen Weekend. Live theatre and music, lectures, and relaxation in a Georgian house in the centre of Bedford. With accommodation and food, £250 pp. For more detail contact Anne Atkins on 07814 953483. 
 
 
 
 



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