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. 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Monday, June 05, 2017

RICHARD FORTEY WINS 2016 LITERARY PRIZE

From the left: Angus Maclennan, John Price and Richard Fortey
The Richard Jefferies Society and The White Horse Bookshop Writer's Prize has been awarded to British palaeontologist, natural historian, writer and broadcaster Richard Fortey for The Wood for the Trees (William Collins). From a short list of five, the panel judged that the book best met the criterion of reflecting themes or topics broadly consistent with Jefferies’ writing.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

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

RICHARD JEFFERIES SOCIETY 
STUDY DAY

SATURDAY 24 June 2017

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