A-Z LECTURES and CATEGORIES

Author Societies and Trusts

Arthur Ransome was the celebrated author of the 12 “Swallows and Amazons” stories – written for young people of all ages. But he was much more: bohemian, media correspondent during the Russian Revolution, spy, sailor, fisherman, pipe smoker ... The Society exists to celebrate his life and to promote his interests in exploring, camping, sailing, navigation, leadership, literature and much more ...'

LECTURES and TALKSRegular Programme

'Established in 1988 to advance the appreciation of the work of the poet, writer, broadcaster and conservationist Sir John Betjeman (1906-84). We also exist to inform and inspire our members and the wider public through the study, awareness and enjoyment of his life, work and influence, both in the United Kingdom and internationally ... We provide an annual programme of events both nationally and regionally and publish an annual journal which provides insights into aspects of Betjeman’s work and places and people he knew. Many of our meetings are held in central London.'

LECTURES and TALKS2021 Programme

'If you are interested in Lord Byron’s poetry and letters, his life and times, his relevance to today and the Romantic Movement in general, then our Society is the one for you. Our members are of all backgrounds and ages, and include scholars, enthusiasts, authors and artists. Whether you are interested in the literary, academic or social activities of the Society, you will find much to enjoy as a member: * Talks, lectures, concerts, book launches, poetry readings and social gatherings; * The opportunity to attend or participate in conferences; * Two copies a year of the Byron Journal.'

LECTURES and TALKS2021-22 Programme

'Exists to foster interest in the life and works of the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge and his circle, and to support Coleridge Cottage in Nether Stowey, Somerset, through co-operation with the National Trust. We pursue our aims by publishing the Coleridge Bulletin, sent out to members twice a year; by hosting a biennial Summer Conference and an annual Autumn Study Weekend, in the area surrounding the Quantock Hills, which inspired some of Coleridge's greatest poetry.'

'The Dickens Fellowship, founded in 1902, is a worldwide association of people from all walks of life who share a common interest in the life and works of Charles Dickens (1812 - 1870). The Fellowship’s aims are to knit together in a common bond of friendship, lovers of that great master of humour and pathos, Charles Dickens; to promote the knowledge and appreciation of his works; to spread the love of humanity, which is the keynote of all his works; and to exercise such charitable support as would have appealed strongly to the heart of Charles Dickens.'

LECTURES and TALKS2021 Programme

'The object of the Club is to advance the education of the public concerning the life and works of Sir Walter Scott. We do this via meetings, lectures, online publications and excursions, as well as by supporting other groups who share our passion for Scott. We have around 5 or 6 lectures per year as well as an Annual Dinner, and a joint lecture with Edinburgh University English Dept. where we award our Scottish Literary Studies Medal .'

LECTURES and TALKS2021 Programme

'Welcome to 84 Plymouth Grove, Manchester.  For over 150 years, this house has been associated with its most famous resident: the novelist, Elizabeth Gaskell, who lived here from 1850 to 1865 ... The House, now a Grade II* listed property, was built between 1835-1841 on the outer edge of the growing city.  It was built as part of a new suburban development planned by Richard Lane and is a rare example of the elegant Regency-style villas once popular in Manchester.' Offer a range of talks,  conversations, courses, etc, on subjects related to Elizabeth Gaskell.

LECTURES and TALKSRegular Programme
LECTURES and TALKS2021-22 Programme

'The John Hewitt Society provides opportunities for individuals across Northern Ireland to explore issues of difference and identity through literature and creative writing. Inspired by the ideals and ideas of the poet and political writer John Hewitt, The Society was established in 1987 to promote Hewitt’s ethos of utilising literature and the arts as a medium for tackling prejudice, exclusive concepts of identity, and sectarian hostility.'

LECTURES and TALKS2021 Programme

'The Society, which was founded in 1928, is made up of people with interests in the life and work of Samuel Johnson, his circle and his times. We welcome all who share these or similar interests ... The Society holds seven meetings each year.'

LECTURES and TALKS2021-22 Programme

Organize the Katherine Mansfield Society Annual Birthday Lecture - usually in the Autumn.

LECTURES and TALKS2021 Programme

'The Lewis Carroll Society was formed in 1969 with the aim of encouraging research into the life and works of Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) ... The Society has members around the world, including many leading libraries and institutions, authors, researchers and many who simply enjoy Carroll’s books and want to find out more about the man and his work ... The Society holds several meetings each year ... These usually feature a guest speaker but sometimes take the form of panel discussions, or collections of short papers. In addition we organise occasional day visits to place with a Carrollian connection, such as Oxford or Guildford.'

LECTURES and TALKS2021 Programme

'The Society was founded in 1988 to celebrate the life and works of Margery Allingham, one of the four great "Queens of Crime" from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction ... The Society meets regularly in London and elsewhere. It organises meetings with expert speakers to discuss aspects of the novels and related topics and holds an Annual General Meeting, followed by a Birthday Luncheon, as near as practical to 20th May, the birthday of both Margery Allingham and her great detective creation, Albert Campion.'

LECTURES and TALKS2021 Programme

'Founded to promote and encourage the appreciation and enjoyment of the writings of John Cowper, Theodore (T.F.), and Llewelyn Powys. All three writers attract passionate support: John Cowper Powys’s expansive visionary novels have been hailed as comparable with the fictions of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy; T. F. Powys’s compact biblical prose combines mordant wit, melancholy, and profound meditation on life and death; Llewelyn, known mostly for his essays, has been described as "a philosophical poet relating the pleasures of his senses in the purest prose of his time". These three brothers are only three of the eleven children of Charles Francis Powys and Mary Cowper Powys whose remarkable family this website is glad to introduce.'

LECTURES and TALKS2021 Programme

'The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is the independent charity that cares for the world’s greatest Shakespeare heritage in his home town of Stratford-upon-Avon. It is the global centre for learning about and experiencing the works, life and times of the world’s best-known writer ... The Trust runs a world-class, award-winning programme of formal and informal educational courses and literary lectures, to encourage the appreciation and study of Shakespeare’s works, and the advancement of Shakespearian knowledge on an international scale.'

LECTURES and TALKSRegular Programme

'An educational Charity founded in 1968 with the intention of promoting public knowledge and understanding of the life and works of the Dorset poet and novelist to anyone with an interest in Thomas Hardy anywhere in the world. It is a Society as much for the lay-enthusiast as the scholar, student or general reader ... The Council of Management organizes an ongoing Programme of Events including regular lectures, concerts, poetry readings and guided walks through Hardy's Wessex ... With an international membership, three journals a year, a biennial festival and conference, and strong links to other organisations promoting Hardyan themes, the Thomas Hardy Society acts as a hub for the education and enjoyment of anyone with an interest in Thomas Hardy.'

LECTURES and TALKS2021 Programme

'The Trollope Society has a worldwide membership and exists to promote and publish Trollope's works, provide a forum for exploring his life, and encourage enjoyment of his writing for future generations ... Watch recordings of lectures, talks and conference presentations ... Speakers include celebrities, academics and attendees of the Trollope Society's Zoom meetings, all with a shared interest in Trollope.'

LECTURES and TALKSRegular Programme

'A non-profit organisation that aims to raise the profile of Virginia Woolf and promote the reading and discussion of her works. Formed in June 1998 the Society is supported by an Executive Council of elected volunteers ... An Editorial Committee produces the Virginia Woolf Bulletin three times a year (January, May and September), as well as a number of other publications. Woolf-related events and talks, open to members only, are held throughout the year. The Society welcomes new members.'

LECTURES and TALKS2021-22 Programme

'Founded in 1976 to bring together those who have an interest in the life and writings of William Cobbett. A passionate defender of the freedom of the press Cobbett was prepared to defend it at the cost of imprisonment and exile.'

LECTURES and TALKS2021 Programme

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