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.
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
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.
9 May: Play - 'Bennett in Burslem', Ray Johnson. At the Old Town Hall/Haywood
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 -
13 May: The Nancy Blackett
Trust is organising a Shotley Point Stroll (as part of the Suffolk Walking Festival), from 12 til 1pm. Starting at
Bristol Arms, Shotley Gate, Suffolk. From 12 til 5pm there is also the Arthur Ransome Pin Mill jamboree at Pin Mill, Suffolk.
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.
15 May: Nancy Blackett Trust Book
Group - 'We Didn't Mean to go to Sea' by Arthur Ransome, at Shotley Library (Village Hall), Suffolk.
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
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.
23 May: The Nancy Blackett Trust.
At 9.30 am, 'We Didn't Mean to go to Sea' guided walk (as part of the Suffolk Walking Festival), start
at Pin Mill, Suffolk.
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.
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.
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: The Nancy Blackett Trust are holding the Two Rivers Guided Walk, as
part of the Suffolk Walking Festival, from 11am to 1.30pm, starting at The Rose, Shotley, Suffolk.
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
28 May: the Arnold Bennett
Society. Commemoration Service at 10.30, Swan Bank Methodist Church, Burslem. Laying of a wreath in the cemetary
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.
2 June: The Nancy Blackett
Trust. Farms and Rivers Guided Walk, from 10am to 12.30pm, starting at The Shipwreck, Shotley Marina, Suffolk.
4 June: Parade of Sail - Nancy Blackett's Flotilla Sail Past, at Pin Mill,
8 - 10 June: The Stoke on Trent
9 - 11
June: The R S Thomas Literary Festival Gwyl Lenyddol is taking place at Aberdaron in Wales. For more information
10 - 11 June: Swallows
and Amazons 'Big Race for Small Boats' (OGA East Coast), Walton & Frinton Yacht Club, Essex.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
18 June: Edward Thomas Fellowship. Walk from Redmarley to the Garland Hut (2 miles each way), starting
between 9.30am and 10.15 am. Guided walk for 100 people. For detail, visit www.facebook.com/themomentcentenaryproject.
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.
23 - 25 June: The Ted Hughes Poetry Festival takes place in and around Mexborough.
Includes readings and performances from award-winning poets Simon Armitage, Vahni Capildeo and Linton Kwesi Johnson. Details
and booking at tedhughesproject.com/festivals/2017-festival/.
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
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.
12 July: The Arnold Bennett Society.
Talk on Bennett and the society at Burslem History Club, the Leopard Hotel.
13 July: 'Messengers and Metaphors: Birds in Art and Literature' talk
by Mark Cocker, at the Booth Museum of Natural History, Brighton, 7.30 - 9pm. Booking here.
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.
July: The Gaskell Society Conference, at the Best Western Royal Beach Hotel, St Helens Parade, Portsmouth. 'South
and North'. Visit their website for detail.
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.
10 August: 'Romantic Writers and the Mystery of Birds' free talk by David Higgins, Assoc
Professor of English at the University of Leeds, at the Booth Museum of Natural History, Brighton. Book here.
12 - 28 August: The Edinburgh International
Book Festival, at Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh. For detail, visit www.edbookfest.co.uk.
17 August: The Elmet Trust are
holding their 2017 Birthday Dinner for Ted Hughes, at the Stubbing Wharf in Hebden Bridge, starting at 7pm. The speaker is
Ted's old friend, Tony Buzan (the mind mapper). Details at www.theelmettrust.org/teds-birthday.
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.
19 - 20 August: Nancy Blackett at
the Ipswich Maritime Festival, Suffolk.
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
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.
9 - 10 September: Nancy Blackett at Maritime Woodbridge, Suffolk.
15 - 17 September:
The R S Thomas Literary Festival and Poetry Competition. At St Michael's Church, Eglwysfach, Machynlleth SY20
8SX. Lots going on. More info at www.eglwysfach.co.uk.
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.
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,
14 October: The Friends of the Dymock
Poets are holding their Autumn Meeting at Colwall Village Hall WR13 6EQ. For information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
19 October: The Northern group of
the Edward Thomas Fellowship with the Friends of Dymock Poets meet to discuss Wilfrid Gibson and his work. Contact
them for detail.
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.
12 November: The Bridport Literary Festival. For detail, visit www.bridlit.com.
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 email@example.com for detail.