Thursday, November 11, 2010

Stan Hickerton's poster

Richard Jefferies: An Anthology by Hugoe Matthews and Rebecca Welshman.

This new anthology of extracts from Jefferies' writing is selected by Hugoe Matthews and Rebecca Welshman. It aims to highlight his broad, exploratory, and sometimes unpredictable nature in his works. The authors have focused primarily on short quotations which read well independently, and longer passages which demonstrate the context, the quality of the writing, or the flow of Richard Jefferies’ thoughts and observations. Where possible the selections are chronological and show a shift in the emphasis of his work from the 1870s, which focused largely on practical subjects such as farming and rural life, to his later work of increased sensitivity and perception of the natural world. Thereby they have sought to reveal the organic continuity and calm objectivity of Jefferies’ writing, which was present from his teens and addressed a diversity of subjects during an extraordinary era of change, illuminating both the man behind the words, and the times in which he lived.

The Anthology is published in a case-bound, thread-sewn book of 266 pages.

The book was published on 6 November 2010 to celebrate 162 years since the day the author was born.

ISBN: 978-0-9563751-2-4.

Price £20 (plus postage: £2.50 UK)

It can be ordered via the Richard Jefferies Society by debit/credit card here.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Richard Jefferies’ science fiction book: basis for Birthday Lecture on 6 November

Professor John Carey (pictured above) will be giving this year’s Richard Jefferies’ Birthday Lecture on Saturday 6 November at Liddington Village Hall starting at 2.30pm, 162 years after Swindon’s most celebrated writer was born and raised at Coate Farm in 1848.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Adventures in the Vale of the White Horse

Exactly 100 years after Kate Tryon’s first visit to Swindon, to see the places that Richard Jefferies wrote about, her memoir of the occasion has been published by the Richard Jefferies Society.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Fields of Vision: a Study Day

Saturday 8th May 2010, 10.30 am - 4.30 pm

This event, a collaboration between the Edward Thomas Fellowship and the Richard Jefferies Society, will examine aspects of the relationship between Jefferies and Thomas, such as their shared interest in wildlife, the rural landscape and country traditions, the extent to which Jefferies influenced Thomas as a writer, and his biographical treatment of Jefferies. We are privileged to have as keynote speaker the distinguished poet, novelist and literary scholar Jem Poster, who is currently preparing a new edition of Richard Jefferies: His Life and Work by Edward Thomas for Oxford University Press. There will also be talks by Richard Emeny (Chairman of the Edward Thomas Fellowship, who has written and lectured prolifically on Thomas and various related authors) and Terry Lloyd (a Swindonian, and since childhood an enthusiast for the works of Thomas and Jefferies, who has thoroughly explored their landscapes on foot).

The Study Day will be held in Liddington Village Hall, Wiltshire, at the heart of "Jefferies' Country".

Places, which cost £15.00 (£5.00 for students and unemployed people), including refreshments but not lunch, must be booked by 1st May. Download a programme [pdf] and a booking form [pdf] .

Enquiries about the Study Day may be made to Martin Haggerty, the co-ordinator of this event.

On the following day, there will be an opportunity to visit the Richard Jefferies Museum at Coate and, by special arrangement, the garden of the Gamekeeper's Cottage at Hodson, which is not normally open to view. Andrew Rossabi (a former President of the Richard Jefferies Society, who has written introductions to several new imprints of Jefferies' works and is currently working on a new biography of this author) will lead a short walk between these places, including Cecily's Bridge along the route.

After lunch (picnic or pub), Richard Jefferies' home will be open to view, and there will be readings from Jefferies' and Thomas's writings in the house. This event is free and no prior booking is required.

Download the programme for the weekend [pdf], which includes information about the walk .

Enquiries about the Sunday walk may be made to Jean Saunders.

Information about public transport is available through the website of Traveline South West or by phoning Traveline on 0871 - 200 22 33 (7.00 am to 9.00 pm; calls from landlines cost 10p per minute).

Details of local accommodation and other downloads can be found through this link:

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

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 [1]. 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.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010



2 March 2010

A cine film, made by the Film Production Unit of the Swindon Public Library Film Society in 1948, has found its way back to Swindon. The film, produced as a tribute to Richard Jefferies one hundred years after his birth, was found in a loft in Essex by Philip Mansbridge among films about trains.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010


The Richard Jefferies Museum at Coate will be re-opening its doors to the public on Wednesday 10 February after a five-month closure during which time Swindon Borough Council has carried out structural repairs to the old house.