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'The umbrella organisation for literary societies and groups in the UK. We were formed in 1973 and currently have around 125 members ... We provide support and advice on a variety of literary subjects, as well as promoting cooperation between member societies. Each year we have a weekend event hosted by a different member society.'

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‘The Society aims to honour the memory of Angela Thirkell as a writer and to make her works available to new generations. An annual Journal (free to members) is produced and contributions are encouraged. There is a thriving second-hand book scheme as well as a system by which members may borrow books which they might find too expensive or difficult to obtain, and regular regional and national meetings and outings take place.’

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Our Aim ‘To increase widespread interest in the works of Anthony Powell in a way which balances the needs of all enthusiasts, including academics and professional literarists.’

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Occasional talks listed. Venues vary, but mostly are in and around Stoke.

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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 ... Each Region is autonomous and runs its own programme, with its own committee.’

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’The Arthur Ransome Trust (ART) exists to help people discover, explore and enjoy Arthur Ransome’s fascinating life and works. We’re working to create a Ransome Centre in the Lake District via exhibitions, events, educational materials and publishing.‘

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'Devoted to the 20th century English novelist Barbara Pym, shrewd observer of a certain kind of middle-class Englishwoman, no longer young and not quite beautiful, whom society finds it easy to overlook ... The Society holds its Annual General Meeting at St. Hilda's College, Oxford University, every summer and also holds a conference in Boston, MA every spring, a spring meeting in London, and other events.'

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‘Exists to promote the study and appreciation of the life and works of Beatrix Potter (1866 – 1943) who was not only the author of The Tale of Peter Rabbit and other classics of children’s literature, but also a landscape and natural history artist, diarist, farmer and conservationist – in the latter capacity she was responsible for the preservation of large areas of the Lake District through her gifts to the National Trust.‘

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‘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.’

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'We normally organise four events per year, two indoor meetings with a local or visiting speaker, films, poetry and prose readings, and two outdoor events to places known by JB or which he would have approved of. Meetings are usually all-day events.'

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'Local and national experts are invited to give talks to the Society on specialist research. The Society also organises introductory talks on Bewick and his work.'

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'The Blake Society holds events once a month throughout the year. The Society’s events are free to members unless explicitly indicated. Guests and non-members are welcome to attend.'

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'Brontë Society events take place throughout the year. A Contemporary Arts Programme also takes place at the Brontë Parsonage Museum.

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'The Society arranges an annual programme of lectures, visits, etc., in London and elsewhere, as well as publishing the Journal of Browning Studies ... Membership of the Society is open to all. The Society's activities centre on London and the South East, but members who live elsewhere in Britain and overseas are kept in touch through the journal and regular interchanges of news and information.'

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‘Celebrates the life and works of Lord George Gordon Byron (1788-1824), a poet, traveller and revolutionary. Based in London, but hosting events around the UK and abroad, the Byron Society brings together all those interested in the famous Romantic poet Lord Byron, whose controversial works and astonishing life have entranced readers for more than 200 years.‘

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'Established to promote the literacy legacy of Charles Causley, by organising meetings, talks and walks relating to his works ... Membership is open to all.' Alert Originally cited the Charles Causley Society: 'The Charles Causley Society has merged with the Charles Causley Trust. Members of the Society are now members of the Trust.'

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Charles Williams is probably best known, to those who have heard of him, as a leading member (albeit for a short time) of the Oxford literary group, the "Inklings", whose chief figures were C. S.Lewis and J. R. R Tolkien. He was, however, a figure of enormous interest in his own right: a prolific author of plays, fantasy novels (strikingly different in kind from those of his friends), poetry, theology, biography and criticism.’

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Charlotte M. Yonge (1823–1901) was a best-selling author in her time. Her work was read and enjoyed on the battlefields of the Crimea and in quiet English country towns, and by noted Victorians as diverse as Gladstone, Tennyson and Rossetti. Her appeal, then and now, is due to the liveliness of her portrayal of character. Her books are peopled with large Victorian families, every member distinctly drawn and presented with insight and humour.’

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‘The Fellowship is based in London, England, at the Charles Dickens Museum. There are 56 branches, located in the UK, the USA, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, India, Japan, Italy, New Zealand, Scotland and the Netherlands. The Fellowship is governed by its Annual Conference, which all members are entitled to attend.‘

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‘Formed to help its members enjoy, discuss and promote the works of Dorothy Dunnett and the historical periods in which they were set. The lively and companionable Society is based in Edinburgh, Scotland. We are run by volunteers, and have over 500 members in Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland, the USA, Canada, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, South Africa, France and other countries.‘

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'The ever popular Bindman Talks, now in their seventh season, including several discussions of new additions to the Wordsworth Trust's collection, and three events on the contemporary issues of disability, the role of women, and the environment.'

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Occasional talks and lectures throughout the year, including at the Festival, usually held late October, early November.

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Offerings to Members by the Friends of the Dymock Poets include 'lectures, poetry readings, social meetings, publications'.

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‘The Society formed in 1985 to develop the interest in E.F.Benson; his famous characters Mapp and Lucia; his life and work; the work of his writing brothers, Arthur and Hugh Benson; his archaeologist sister, Maggie and his parents, Archbishop Edward White Benson and Mary Benson: altogether a very intriguing family.’

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'The Annual Dinner of the Club is held in March each year at which the President delivers a toast to the memory of Sir Walter. Among other meetings there is a Joint Lecture with the University of Edinburgh English Dept. From time to time members also enjoy the privilege of a visit to Abbotsford ... Membership shall be open to any individual or organisation.'

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Edward Thomas is widely regarded as a major poet and his posthumous influence on English poetry has been considerable. His poetry was all written during the last few years of his life, before this remarkable flowering of genius was cut short by death in action at the Battle of Arras. The poems remain as much alive now as when they were written, quietly yet surely capturing the essence of the English countryside which Edward Thomas knew through all his senses.’

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'The EGS was founded in 1886. It is the oldest learned society in the UK dedicated to things German, and, after the ones in Vienna and Weimar, the third oldest Goethe society in the world. The Society's chief aim is to promote the discussion and study of Goethe's works and ideas, through meetings, symposia, and publications ... The EGS is a learned society in the broadest sense of the term, and its members come from all walks of life. New members, guests and visitors are always welcome at our meetings.'

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Objectives of the Society include: ' To ensure the legacy of F.W. Harvey is remembered through performances, discussions, lectures and publications about his life and work and inform young people about him through formal and informal education.'

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‘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.‘

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The Gaskell Society has UK regional branches in Manchester; Knutsford; London & South East, and the South West of England. We host several events a year, including meetings, trips and socials, which you can read about in our events calendar. We host a national conference every two years.‘

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'The speaker for the annual George Orwell lecture series is selected in turn by the Department of English and Humanities and the Department of Politics. The subject of the lecture is left to the speaker, on the proviso that the topic should have been of interest to Orwell. The lecture is funded by the George Orwell Memorial Fund and is held in November every year.' Site also usually lists other Orwell-related events.

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Occasional lectures and talks, various days and times.

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'The Friends Of Gilbert White’s House & Garden and The Oates Collection, works closely with the Trustees and staff to further the aims and objectives of the museum and to give active support. Membership entitles Friends to participate in meetings, lectures, visits and social occasions.'

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Founded 1960: ‘The Society organises a weekend conference each year where aspects of Wells’s life and work are discussed in a congenial atmosphere’.

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Occasional events, currently including an Annual Lecture and a Day School.

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‘The Society organises two meetings annually. An autumn meeting (at which the Annual General Meeting takes place) is held in October in North Devon with Henry Williamson’s Field and Writing Hut a major focus. The Spring meeting is based in other areas with a particular Williamson connection, for example, the Lewisham area of London, north Norfolk, Bedfordshire, etc ... Smaller local meetings are encouraged and draw considerable support.’

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‘Founded in 1973 and exists to promote knowledge and appreciation of the lives and works of A.E. Housman and other members of his family ... The Society also promotes the causes of literature and poetry in general. It produces an annual Journal and Newsletter, and organises Events such as discussions, visits and poetry readings ... It sponsors an annual lecture under the title “The Name and Nature of Poetry” at the Hay Festival of Literature in May/June each year.’

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Aims of the Society include 'to hold lectures, seminars or other events, and to exhibit films or video-cassettes either separately or in conjunction with such events'.

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Events of the Society and related events elsewhere: 'The Society organises three events during the course of the year ...  Society members are given initial priority for each of these events, although non-members are welcome to attend.' Alert Please especially note that some Branches of the Jane Austen Society 'may wish for prior joining' before you are allowed to attend one of their Events. Carefully check the Website of the relevant Branch for details - or contact the Headquarters of the Society, via the e-mail address shown on the Website cited in this Record, if you need any further help.

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'Bath and Bristol are rich in Jane Austen associations, both biographical and fictional. She visited Bath twice in the 1790s and was resident there from 1801 to 1806. The City is mentioned in each of her six novels and forms the setting for a large part of both Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. Jane Austen stayed in Bristol at least once, in 1806. It features in the Juvenilia (Lesley Castle), which may indicate an earlier visit. In Northanger Abbey, some of the characters set off to visit Blaise Castle, in Bristol. Mrs Elton in Emma comes from Bristol. Jane Austen's parents married in Bath at Old St Swithin's (not the present church), and her father was also buried there. There is a plaque on 4 Sydney Place, the Austens' home for the first three years of their Bath life, and many streets and buildings familiar from the novels may still be seen.'

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'The Group meets four or five times a year. Previous meetings have included discussions of favourite passages and characters, viewings and discussions of film adaptations, lectures on Sanditon and Regency England, Eliza de Feuillide and Warren Hastings, the Hidden Autobiography in Jane Austen's novels, Folk Song of Jane Austen's period and the Pleasures of Collecting Austeniana. Recent meetings have included a strawberry tea with a discussion of "What if...?", a talk about Jane Austen's holidays, and an evening of music that Jane Austen would have known.'

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'The Hampshire Group was established in May 2002 and by the end of its first year had already attracted over 100 members. We are fortunate in serving the county Jane Austen knew and loved best, where she was born, where almost all of her novels were written, and where she is buried. Our members are also particularly well placed to attend the Society's annual meeting in Chawton each July and to benefit from other Jane Austen events which find a natural location in the county.'

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'The Kent Branch has a varied programme of events which includes talks and lectures, visits and a summer "period" entertainment, with music, dancing or drama. There is an annual lunch or dinner in November, and a lively Discussion Group which meets twice a year.'

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'The London Group of the Jane Austen Society now meets at 2.30 pm on four Saturdays in the year ... These meetings, of which at least one is free to members of the Group (all others are charged at cost), feature either a speaker or a speaker-led discussion, sometimes with videos to illustrate screen adaptations of the novels. Tea and biscuits are included. In addition, there is a full-day annual Group outing held on a Saturday in summer and a Birthday Lunch on a Saturday at the start of December.'

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'Our annual events range from scholarly lectures and study days to informal and lively discussions.'

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Hold about four meetings per year, usually either in Glasgow or Edinburgh.

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Organize every few months a 'day conference with morning coffee, buffet lunch, afternoon tea and two lectures'.

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'The Society was founded in 1981 to promote a wider and deeper knowledge of this remarkable poet. It currently has about 550 members worldwide. We publish a newsletter three times a year, and a peer reviewed journal once a year (received at the end of the subscription year). On the weekend nearest to Clare’s birthdate (July 13th) members and friends gather for our annual festival in Helpston, Clare’s birthplace. The festival is open to everyone – you do not have to be a member or a member’s guest in order to attend ...'

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'Provides opportunities for individuals across Northern Ireland to explore issues of difference and identity through literature and creative writing.

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'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.'

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'We publish an annual Katherine Mansfield Studies yearbook, sent free to all members, organise an annual birthday lecture ... and run conferences promoting new scholarship on KM.'

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'Discover the beauty of poetry and place in the home of the Romantic poet John Keats, now a museum and literary centre. Explore the life and work of Keats through new exhibits of his original manuscripts and artefacts which tell the story of how the young poet found inspiration, friendship, and love in this stunning Regency villa. The house comes alive with special events throughout the year, from poetry performances to family fun days.'

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Activities include 'arranging a regular programme of lectures in London, and a formal Annual Luncheon with a Guest Speaker'.

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‘Founded in 1969 to bring together people with an interest in Charles Dodgson, to promote interest in his life and works, and to encourage research. The Society has an international membership of scholars, writers, collectors and enthusiasts who simply enjoy reading the books. We are particularly popular with students and people who have heard a little about Lewis Carroll and want to find out more.’

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'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 aim of the Society is to bring together all those who share an interest in preserving, promoting and enjoying Margery Allingham’s literary work and reputation through meetings, social events, publishing and by continuing research into her life and writings. The Society meets regularly in London and elsewhere. It organises meetings with expert speakers to discuss aspects of the novels and related topics.'

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'In November the annual Muriel Spark Society Lecture is given at the National Library of Scotland. These lectures always sell out weeks before the event because it is open to the public but Spark Society members have priority booking. Speakers are always prestigious writers or academics and have included Martin Stannard, Alan Taylor, Denise Mina and Toby Litt.' Also: 'The committee organises a varied programme of events, including talks by eminent speakers, and an annual lunch in January or February to commemorate Dame Muriel's birthday.'

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‘This is the pre-eminent society devoted to Orwell – and is open to all worldwide. The Society is a registered charity in the UK and aims to keep the study of Orwell alive through its educational activities.’

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'Meetings are usually held in Pusey House on Tuesday evenings of Full Term. The Society continues the tradition of the Inklings by retiring after most meetings to the "Eagle and Child" for general discussion. As well as speakers, there are informal meetings, poetry and prose readings, and occasional outings to country pubs. Membership is not restricted to members of the University.'

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The Society's programme includes 'regular talks on all aspects of Larkin's life and work'.

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'Founded to promote and encourage the appreciation and enjoyment of the writings of John Cowper, Theodore and Llewelyn Powys and to establish their true literary status.'

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Weekly term-time Ruskin Research Seminars - to which 'Anyone' can attend - plus other events including the annual Mikimoto Memorial Ruskin Lecture, usually held in November.

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'The Ruskin Society, in its present form, was founded in 1997, under the chairmanship of Sir Richard Body MP, to bring together enthusiasts of the Victorian art and social critic, John Ruskin (1819-1900). The Society hosts a programme of lectures, meetings, visits and events, mostly held in London, to discuss Ruskin’s life and work. The anniversary of Ruskin’s birthday (February 8) is marked each year with a celebratory dinner and lecture, a revival of a tradition established in 1932 by an earlier Ruskin Society.'

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'The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust runs various programmes of events throughout the year including literary events, such as lunchtime talks and evening lectures, courses and study days.'

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'The Society holds regular meetings, usually in London. Members and guests gather for drinks and chat, followed by dinner for those who wish it, and then a paper or a panel discussion on some aspect of the life and work of Sherlock Holmes. Contributions from the floor are welcomed, and usually develop into a lively debate, which might well be continued in the bar afterwards. The focus for the event might be on a particular case, or on a special subject such as music, transport, food and wine, science, police work, literary influences ... the possibilities are endless ...'

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Occasional lectures, talks and related events, mostly in and around Dorchester and Dorset.

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‘Its aim is to promote the British novelist and poet’s works for both education and enjoyment. It is for scholars, students, readers, enthusiasts and anyone with an interest in Thomas Hardy.’

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The Association, which is based in Hereford, 'celebrates and promotes the life and work of the poet and spiritual writer Thomas Traherne'. The Events page gives 'details of our annual festival and other lectures and activities'.

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‘Seminar groups are a great way to read Trollope. With so many novels to choose from they provide an excellent reason to read the lesser well known works, as well as to reread the favourites. Each seminar is lead by one of the members of the group, and everyone’s participation is welcomed.‘

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ALERT ’We regret to announce that the Society has now ceased as an active organisation. However, this website will remain in place for the time being.’

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‘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.’

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‘Inspired by a surge of interest in Walter de la Mare's work after a conference on his short stories organised by King's College, London, critical acclaim for the publication by Giles de la Mare Publishers of Walter de la Mare: Short Stories 1895-1926, a group of critics and aficionados formed a society to honour the memory of Walter de la Mare in 1997.’

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Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) is widely recognised as one of the greatest voices of the First World War. His self-appointed task was to speak for the men in his care, to show the “Pity of War”. Owen's enduring and influential poetry is evidence of his bleak realism, his energy and indignation, his compassion and his great technical skill. The Wilfred Owen Association was formed in 1989 to commemorate Wilfred Owen's life and work.’

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Organize an Annual Memorial Lecture - normally held in October - plus occasional other events.

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