Saturday, April 17, 2021
Sunday, February 14, 2021
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. In response to the corona virus pandemic, all further meetings will take place by Zoom.
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. Andrew Rossabi (the Society's President) is writing the definitive biography of Richard Jefferies. Volume I is an in-depth study of Jefferies' early years (published 2017). Volume II covers the years of struggle from 1867-76 (published 8 July 2020). Volume III and IV will complete the years of maturity 1876-1887 (publication date to be announced).
Thursday, January 14, 2021
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.
· Orchard. A Year in England’s Eden by Benedict Macdonald and Nicholas Gates. [Collins]
· Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty. [Little Toller]
· The Consolation of Nature: Spring in the Time of Coronavirus by Michael McCarthy, Jeremy Mynott and Peter Marren. [Hodder]
· The Swallow: A Biography by Stephen Moss. [Square Peg]
· Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake. [Bodley Head]
· The Gospel of the Eels: A Father, a Son and the World’s Most Enigmatic Fish by Patrik Svensson. [Picador]
The judging panel will meet in May to agree the overall winner of the £1000 prize. The winner will be announced on 24 May 2021.