Saturday 3rd October

Colwall Park Hotel
Walwyn Road
WR13 6QG

AGM Weekend

10:30 AGM

Remembering Rupert Brooke

12.00 Neil Maybin: Living in Rupert Brooke’s Room?
At Cambridge Neil came near the top of the 3rd year ballot for King’s accommodation and chose Rupert Brooke’s room. Brooke’s letters describe the room rather differently than it is today: why?
Followed by Neil’s account, as representative of the Rupert Brooke Society, of the commemorations on the Greek island of Skyros in April this year.

12.45 Linda Hart will introduce Lorna Beckett’s recently published book The Second I Saw You: The True Love Story of Rupert Brooke and Phyllis Gardner.

14.30 Nicholas Murray, poet and author, Begloried Sonnets: A New Look at Patriotic Rhetoric in the Poetry of Rupert Brooke, also author of The Red Sweet Wine of Youth: British Poets of the First World War (Abacus).

16.00 Plenary discussion, including David Worthington, chair of the War Poets Association

17.00 Close


Sunday 4th October

Meet at Ledbury Railway Station


10.15 Poets in Ledbury
Starting from Ledbury Station, adjacent to Masefield Avenue, we shall explore the town and connections to the Dymock Poets. The old steep Coach Road leads past the church, through cobbled streets to the centre of Ledbury. From the Market Hall we continue to Leadon riverside walk.


Other Events of Interest

Langland Study Day

Worcester Cathedral

Saturday 19th September 2015 from 9:45am

Worcester Cathedral

The Worcestershire poet William Langland wrote his epic poem Piers Plowman 650 years ago. Worcester Cathedral is holding a Langland Study Day on Saturday 19th September 2015 from 9:45 am to 5:00 pm, in association with the International Piers Plowman Society and the Autumn in Malvern Festival.

Five distinguished speakers will discuss Langland and the literary, monastic and musical context:

Dr Carl Schmidt, editor of the Middle English text of the poem
Dr Lawrence Warner, Director of the International Piers Plowman Society
The Right Rev Dom Aidan Bellenger, OSB, former Abbot of Downside
Frances Eustace, medieval music specialist and performer
Peter Sutton, author of a new verse translation of the poem

Choral Evensong follows at 5:30 pm.

Tickets are available from Worcester Live Box Office, Huntingdon Hall, Crowngate, Worcester WR1 3LD, telephone 01905 611427. The cost is £30 including tea/coffee and lunch, with all profits after expenses going to Cathedral funds. Bookings will be accepted until 12 September.

For more information, please see the flyer for the event.


Max Egremont: Forever England:
Poets of the First World War and their view of home

Autumn in Malvern Festival

Sunday 27th September at 3pm

The Council Chamber - Priory Lodge Hall - Great Malvern, WR14 3AF

The talk will be about how the poets looked back from the trenches to an ideal England. It will comment on how the survivors saw the pre-1914 era. Also how the poets’ war became a widely accepted version of the historical truth. Among the poets featured will be Edward Thomas, Rupert Brooke and Ivor Gurney. The charge to the general public for a ticket will be £7.

The Friends of the Dymock Poets is sponsoring this event and will offer tickets to members at a discounted rate on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.


James Kelly: Some Grace of argument ...
John Drinkwater’s Rebellion at Birminghham Rep, May 1914

Birmingham and Midland Institute Monday Lecture Series

Monday 2nd November at 1pm

The Birmingham and Midland Institute - 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham B3 3BS

The Birmingham Repertory Theatre, which recently celebrated its centenary, was a pioneer in the renovation of theatre in Britain in the early twentieth century. Birmingham was the first custom-built repertory theatre in Britain and this talk analyses the production of Rebellion (May 1914), a verse drama in three acts, written by one of the Dymock Poets., the theatre manager and aspiring playwright, John Drinkwater This talk incorporates rare photographs of the cast held at the Library of Birmingham and, by describing their subsequent careers examines the originality of this early production, and the important impact which the Birmingham Rep made on theatre history in the UK and elsewhere.

Admission is free to BMI members, or £3 to non-members at reception.



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