Friday, January 17, 2020


Richard Jefferies (1848-1887) was an authority on agriculture and rural life. Best known for his nature writing, he was also an essayist, novelist and mystic. The Richard Jefferies Society (Registered Charity No 1042838) was founded in 1950 to promote appreciation and study of his writing. 

The main event is a spring lecture held in Liddington in May. 

Publications include an annual Journal, spring and autumn newsletters, and an annual report along with leaflets and books by and about the author.  This includes the publication of Volume I of A Peculiarly English Genius: a biography of Richard Jefferies by Andrew RossabiVolume I is an in-depth study of Jefferies' early years. 

Short-list announced for best nature writing literary award


The Richard Jefferies Society and the White Horse Book Shop Literary Prize is awarded annually to the author of the publication considered by the judging panel to be the most outstanding nature writing published in a given calendar year. The winning work must reflect the heritage and spirit of Richard Jefferies’ countryside books.
The final short-list for 2019 publications was announced today as:
The Hidden World of the Fox by  Adele Brand,  (William Collins).
Incredible Journeys by David Barrie, (Hodder and Stoughton).
The Nature of Spring by Jim Crumley, (Saraband).
On the Marsh by Simon Barnes, (Simon and Schuster).
Rebirding by Benedict MacDonald (Pelagic Publishing).
Working with Nature by Jeremy Purseglove (Profile Books).
The award was first introduced in 2015. Last year attracted an unprecedented number of nominations reflecting the increasing number of books dedicated to the natural world.
Previous winners are: Gods of the Morning by John Lister-Kaye (2015), The Wood for the Trees by Richard Fortey (2016) The Seabird's Cry by Adam Nicolson (2017) and Wilding by Isabella Tree (2018).
The judging panel will meet in June to agree and announce the overall winner of the £1000 prize.
The White Horse Bookshop has pledged to plant a tree for every short-listed book sold from its  shop in Marlborough until the winner is announced.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Richard Jefferies -- his life and work in Cirencester


Monday 18 November 2019

The Ashcroft Centre, Ashcroft Road. Cirencester at 7.30pm


Richard Jefferies was a journalist with the Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard in the 19th Century. This talk, by Professor Eric Jones, explained Jefferies background and significance, his involvement with Cirencester and district, and the nature of the town as he described it.

A transcript of the talk can be read here.


The former premises of the Wilts & Glos Standard in Cirencester.

The plaque is located in the recess to the left of the doorway.