Tuesday, May 21, 2019

RICHARD JEFFERIES SOCIETY & WHITE HORSE BOOKSHOP LITERARY PRIZE 2018

The short-list for the 2018 Richard Jefferies Society and White Horse Bookshop Literary Award for nature writing was agreed on 13 January 2019 as:

 ·        Kings of the Yukon: an Alaskan river journey  by Adam Weymouth, (Particular Books)
 ·        The Bumblebee Flies Anyway by Kate Bradbury (Bloomsbury Wildlife)
 ·        Wilding by Isabella Tree (Picador)
      ·        Our Place, by  Mark Cocker (Jonathan Cape)

On 16 May 2019 the judges awarded the prize to Isabella Tree for Wilding: the Return of Nature to a British Farm. There is more information here


"The appeal of this book was summed up by one of the judges saying that it was a publication that Richard Jefferies himself would have strongly supported."

Congratulations are extended to all the short-listed nominees who were all worthy candidates.

Isabella Tree will be giving a talk about her prize-winning book at the White Horse Book Shop on Thursday 25 July in the evening. The event is open to the public and all are welcome.  

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Jefferies-Williams Meeting 6 April 2019

Readings from Richard Jefferies and Alfred Williams




On Saturday 6th April members of the Richard Jefferies Society and the Friends of Alfred Williams gather 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 Friends are hosting the gathering this year.

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

Monday, January 14, 2019

Richard Jefferies Society and White Horse Bookshop Literary Award for Nature Writing

We are delighted to announce that the short-list for the 2018 Richard Jefferies Society and White Horse Bookshop Literary Award was agreed on 13 January 2019. In no particular order the titles, authors and publishers are:

·        Kings of the Yukon: an Alaskan river journey  by Adam Weymouth, (Particular Books)
·        The Bumblebee Flies Anyway by Kate Bradbury (Bloomsbury Wildlife)
·        Wilding by Isabella Tree (Picador)
·        Our Place, by  Mark Cocker (Jonathan Cape)


The decision about the overall winner will be announced in May. 

Friday, September 28, 2018

The Richard Jefferies Society Birthday Lecture - Saturday 27 October 2018

Richard Fortey

Richard Fortey was the winner of the 2016 Richard Jefferies Society and White Horse Bookshop Literary Prize for his book The Wood for the Trees: The Long View of Nature from a Small Wood. He wrote in it: ‘After a working life spent in a great museum, the time had come for me to escape into the open air. I spent years handling fossils of extinct animals; now, the inner naturalist needed to touch living animals and plants.’
In 2011, after retiring from his role as senior palaeontologist at the Natural History Museum, and with the proceeds of presenting a TV series, he purchased four acres of prime beech and bluebell wood in the Chiltern Hills, Oxfordshire called Grim’s Dyke Wood – part of Lambridge Wood.
The Society is delighted to welcome Richard Fortey to deliver this year’s Birthday Lecture that is held in Liddington Village Hall.
The meeting is open to the public and free to attend. 


Monday, September 10, 2018

Talk, walk and tree-planting in Surbiton

Tolworth Court Bridge

Andrew Rossabi, the President of the Richard Jefferies Society, is giving a talk about Jefferies and his Surbiton/Tolworth years at Surbiton Library, Ewell Road Surbiton on Wednesday 26 September at 2pm. This will be followed by a walk to the Richard Jefferies Bird Sanctuary where a sapling elm tree will be planted as a memorial.

Please attend if you can.

The talk is free but you must book.

As a post script after the event, the weather was perfect, and it was a most enjoyable day.

Andrew Rossabi examining the information board at the nature reserve.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Excavating the future


There's an excellent article in the 15 June 2018 edition of the Times Literary Supplement
by Jem Poster that examines Jefferies' influence on Edward Thomas'. Here's the beginning:

Excavating  the  future
Richard Jefferies and Edward Thomas: a spiritual affinity in poetry and prose

When Edward Thomas wrote his biography of Richard Jefferies (published in 1909) he was paying homage to a writer who had influenced him, at the deepest level, from childhood onwards. We should beware of over-simplifying the complexities of literary influence – shared concerns do not necessarily imply the direct passage of ideas from an older to a younger writer. But it’s clear that Jefferies’s works played a crucial role in Thomas’s intellectual and imaginative development, and that Thomas’s admiration for his predecessor constituted a form of filial devotion. When he discussed his early reading in the memoir posthumously published as The Childhood of Edward Thomas, he accorded Jefferies an importance allowed to no other writer mentioned in that context.


Saturday, June 16, 2018

Samuel Looker and Richard Jefferies


RICHARD JEFFERIES SOCIETY STUDY DAY
SATURDAY 23 June 2018

Samuel Looker and Richard Jefferies

At the Richard Jefferies Museum, Coate

PROGRAMME

10.30           Doors open and refreshments.

11.00           Welcome.

        John  Price will give a background to Looker and an introduction to the publication of the latter’s work.  Attendees will be able to make contributions from these writings by reading extracts chosen in advance.

1.00-2.00   Lunch break. Bring a packed lunch.

2.00     Readings continue and discussion.

3.15             Refreshments.

3.45            Depart.

Samuel Looker was a passionate promoter of Richard Jefferies' writing. No one has done more to ensure that his works have reached the general public. Looker was the first President of the Society from 1950 until his death in 1965. The Society produced a Tribute to Looker in 1980 that can be downloaded at  http://richardjefferiessociety.co.uk/articles/39_Tribute_Looker.pdf


Samuel Looker, 1948

FREE ADMISSION TO MEMBERS AND NON-MEMBERS.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Protecting personal information


General Data Protection Regulation (effective 25th May 2018)

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Readings from Richard Jefferies and Alfred Williams




On Saturday 7th 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.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Celebrating Richard Jefferies early years at Coate

6 November 2017 marks almost 170 years since the day that Richard Jefferies was born on the family farm at Coate (now part of Swindon). The Richard Jefferies Society [1] is celebrating the occasion with a public meeting [2] to be held at Liddington Village Hall on Saturday 4 November starting at 2.30pm and the publication of the first volume of a new biography [3] of Richard Jefferies that covers his early years living in the Coate area – a time that inspired his writing and which provided his first job as a reporter on the local paper.