Should Richard Jefferies be treated as a footnote?
The Richard Jefferies Society is holding a meeting at the Richard Jefferies Museum on Saturday 10th April addressed by John Payne, the author of The West Country: a Cultural History . John Payne, who lives in Somerset, will explore why Richard Jefferies is treated as a ‘footnote’ compared with other west country writers such as Thomas Hardy, Jane Austen and T E Lawrence and whether this is justified.
Having studied the cultural history of the south-west, Mr Payne believes that Richard Jefferies deserves better recognition particularly by the people of Swindon.
“Jefferies was one of the great English nature writers;” said John, “we should be proud of talent.” 
The meeting starts at 2pm and is open to the public. It is free to attend. Parking is free at Coate Water Country Park and just a short walk to the Museum, next to the Sun Inn pub on the Marlborough Road.
 The West Country: a Cultural History, John Payne (Oxford: Signal Books, 2009).
 In an interview for the Swindon Advertiser (Fri Nov 6, 2009 p. 16) Mr Payne commented on Swindon’s treatment of Richard Jefferies.