Monday, October 14, 2019


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. 

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.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

RICHARD JEFFERIES: A MISCELLANY


This collection of nature writing by Richard Jefferies, selected and introduced by Andrew Rossabi, is highly recommended. It is the perfect vehicle for highlighting the beautiful poetic prose of this largely forgotten Victorian author, except by those in the know.

It is a travesty that Jefferies' work is not better known, and we can but hope that this new book, published by Galileo, might bring Jefferies to more public attention and acclaim by a new audience.

Rossabi's selection is not only comprehensive but it transports the reader through a concise biography of Richard Jefferies.

Andrew Rossabi is the President of the Richard Jefferies Society and an authority on the life and work of the writer. He is in the process of writing a detailed biography of Richard Jefferies that will be published in three volumes (A Peculiarly English Genius). Volume I covers the early years and was published two years ago. Volume II is nearing completion and looks at Jefferies' years of struggle.