Thursday, May 18, 2017

Connections and Inspirations: the Influence of Richard Jefferies on Writers and Poets


SATURDAY 24 June 2017

Connections and Inspirations: the Influence of Richard Jefferies on Writers and Poets

At the Richard Jefferies Museum, Coate, Swindon SN3 6AA


The 1890s gave rise to a number of successful books written in the same vein as Jefferies’ worksa trend recognised in 1896 by the Critic, which stated that ‘there really seems to be no question that books of the Richard Jefferies school are more popular just now than they ever have been before’. Jefferies’ influence in literature has been present ever since, and writers and poets such as Henry Williamson, John Fowles, and Edward Thomas have expressed their debt to Jefferies. New connections between Jefferies’ works and other writers are frequently unfolding, and this Study Day seeks to celebrate known connections with other literary figures and perhaps even discover new ones. We welcome contributions in the form of readings from writer's works that suggest Jefferies’ influence, or short summaries of research. Contributions might also discuss what writers have said about Jefferies, and consider writers who have led them to Jefferies.

Writers and poets might include John Betjeman, Mary Butts, John Cowper-Powys, Enid Blyton, Ronald Blythe, Rachel Carson, W.H. Auden, W.H. Hudson, E.M. Forster, John Fowles, Thomas Hardy, James Joyce, D.H. Lawrence, Richard Mabey, Robert MacFarlane, Arthur Ransom, Henry Stephens Salt, Edward Thomas, Mary Webb, and Henry Williamson. Contributions which identify new connections with lesser known writers and poets are also welcome. Please ensure that contributions are approximately five minutes long, so that as many people can participate as possible.

This event is open to the public and free to attend.

10.30                Doors open and refreshments.

11.00                 Welcome.

                         Dr. Rebecca Welshman will give an overview of the subject followed by
                         contributions from the floor.

1.00-2.30            Lunch break. Bring a packed lunch.

2.30         Readings continue and discussion.

3.45                  Refreshments.

4.15                   Depart.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Edward Thomas exhibition, Petersfield, 15 June 2017

The Richard Jefferies Society has planned to visit the Edward Thomas exhibition at Petersfield Museum on Thursday 15 June 2017 at 10.30am, followed by a guided walk.

Transport will be leaving the Richard Jefferies Museum at 9am.

Anyone wishing to attend should inform John Price by 31 May regardless of whether transport is needed or not. Please email:

Edward Thomas, Wayfarer
4 April - 17 June, Temporary Exhibition Gallery
2017 marks the centenary of the death of Edward Thomas, a poet of international renown who produced his most celebrated work while living in Steep. This exhibition will take up the theme of the road or path and the influence this had on both the literature and the life of the poet. It will showcase published items from the significant collection of Tim Wilton-Steer, currently housed in our new Edward Thomas Study Centre, as well as original examples of Thomas’ writing. A selection of contemporary responses to Thomas’ work will include photographs taken by members of the Petersfield Photographic Society.

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Richard Jefferies Society and White Horse Bookshop Literary Prize for 2016

There were sixteen nominations for the award. The final shortlist is:

·         The Nature of Autumn, by Jim Crumley, published by Saraband.
·         The Running Hare, by John Lewis-Stempel, published by Doubleday.
·         Six Facets of Light, by Ann  Wroe, published by Jonathan Cape.
·         Walking Through Spring, by Graham Hoyland, published by William Collins.
·         The Wood for the Trees, by Richard Fortey, published by William Collins.

The winner was selected at the Richard Jefferies Society's Executive Council meeting on Saturday 13 May 2017. The prize is £1,000. The winner will be announced at an event at the White Horse Bookshop on 3 June 2017.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Readings from Richard Jefferies and Alfred Williams

On Saturday 1st April members of the Richard Jefferies Society and the Friends of Alfred Williams meet up to share readings of both writers at the Richard Jefferies Museum, Marlborough Road, Coate, Swindon SN3 6AA.

The event starts promptly at 2.00pm, is open to public and free to attend.

The Society is hosting the gathering.

Select a short extract to read to others by or about Richard Jefferies or Alfred Williams or just come along to listen.