Wednesday, June 10, 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 Village Hall in May along with the Annual General Meeting.  

Listen to four extracts of nature writing by Jefferies. The first from his essay 'Wild Flowers'; the second from the opening passage of The Story of My Heart, the third: 'A Summer Day in Savernake Forest' and the fourth from Amaryllis at the Fair. They are read here by Sir Simon Russell Beale as part of an online initiative by the Marlborough Literary Festival. Go to: https://www.marlboroughlitfest.org/litfest-speaking/

Richard Jefferies Society 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 Rossabi (a planned three-volume set)Volume I is an in-depth study of Jefferies' early years.  Volume II, covering the years of struggle, will be published on 8 July 2020. Volume III completes the years of maturity 1876-1887.