Saturday, September 14, 2013

Walking the Icknield Way and the Ridgeway by Hugh Thomson

Hugh Thomson has spent many years travelling through and writing about Peru, Mexico and the Indian Himalaya but turned his attention, this time, closer to home. Travelling along the Icknield Way, he passed the great prehistoric monuments of Maiden Castle, Stonehenge and Avebury, before ending at the Wash near Seahenge. His journey took him through Jefferies Land and Liddington Castle. Hugh will take us on an exploration of our local ancient landscape along a 400 mile journey from coast to coast. In his book, Hugh casts unexpected light – and humour – on the way we live now. Copies of the book will be available to buy on the day that Mr Thomson will be pleased to sign.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Harmony by Julian Anderson

The Richard Jefferies Society has written to a young British composer congratulating him on his opening composition for the first night of the BBC Proms (12th July).

 The new work entitled Harmony, for choir and orchestra, by Julian Anderson lasted 5 minutes, was commissioned by the BBC and performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. The piece was inspired by Richard Jefferies’ autobiography The Story of My Heart and words taken from it included:

 The clock may make time for itself; there is none for me...The shadow goes on upon the dial, the index moves round upon the clock, and what is the difference? None whatever. If the clock had never been set going, what would have been the difference?

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Food and drink in Jefferies' world

Saturday 27th July - Richard Jefferies Society Study Day.

Venue: The Richard Jefferies Museum, Marlborough Road, Coate, Swindon SN3 6AA

From 10.30am to 4pm. Lunch from 1-2.30pm - opportunity to look around the Museum and grounds.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Denys James Watkins-Pitchford (BB)

On Saturday 11th May 2013 at 2pm, Ray (Badger) Walker will talk about his personal friendship with Denys James Watkins-Pitchford.
Badger is a Derbyshire man and he met BB in the early 1980s. Their shared passion and interest for the countryside, and of Jefferies’ writing, led to a solid friendship. By coincidence, Badger’s father was born in Chiseldon opposite the church where Richard Jefferies married Jessie Baden.
DOORS OPEN 1PM (Opportunity to explore the Museum)