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Baveney Wood
Cleobury Mortimer
DY14 8HZ
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Founded
1973
TODAY
Fri 18
Apr 2014
The Housman Society
Appreciating the Life and Works of Alfred Edward Housman
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Calendar of Events for 2013

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  • Tuesday 11 March 2014, 7.30pm (Note change of date)
    80 New Road, Bromsgrove B60 2LA
    ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
    The meeting will be followed by wine and refreshments. The evening concludes with a talk from Andrew Maund on A.E. Housman’s life at Bromsgrove School, in which he will relate the relevance of his school experiences to his poetry.

  • Thursday 20 March 2014, 4.00-6.30pm
    Artrix, Slideslow Drive (off A38), Bromsgrove B60 1AX
    SCHOOLS POETRY SPEAKING COMPETITION FINALS
    Following workshops in local schools led by T.C. Peppercorn, the Education and Outreach Officer at Bromsgrove’s Artrix, competing pupils from Bromsgrove’s schools will speak a poem by A.E. Housman and another of their own choice. There are categories for Sixth Formers, Seniors and for the Middle School age group. The winner of the Housman Cup will read at the Bromsgrove Commemoration on 26 March. Support from members and participants’ families is welcome. Free entry.

  • Wednesday 26 March 2014, 12.30pm
    John Adams Memorial, The Cemetery, Church Road
    A.E.H. BIRTHDAY COMMEMORATION
    The annual ceremony will be held this year by the recently restored John Adams Memorial in the Bromsgrove Cemetery. It will be followed by a buffet lunch in Bromsgrove School’s Old Chapel, by kind invitation of the Headmaster of Bromsgrove School. Julian Hunt, whose research into John Adams’ relationship with Bromsgrove has revealed much new information, will be Guest of the Day.

  • Saturday 26th April 2014 1.30pm
    Methodist Church, King Street, Much Wenlock TF13 6BL
    SHROPSHIRE WAR POETS
    Marking the centenary of the start of World War I, Gladys Mary Coles interweaves the lives of A.E. Housman, Wilfred Owen and Mary Webb with their war poetry. She brings new and fascinating insights into their links with each other and with Shropshire. Part of the Much Wenlock Poetry Festival.

  • Wednesday 30 April 2014, 11.00am
    St Laurence’s, Ludlow
    LUDLOW COMMEMORATION
    The ceremony by the plaque on the north wall will be followed by a tour of St Laurence’s in which Joanna Layton will explain the detail of the Vision Project which was outlined in the September Newsletter. The tour will be preceded by coffee and followed by lunch in The Assembly Rooms.

  • Wednesday 28 May 2014, 5.30pm
    The Hay Festival of Literature
    THE HOUSMAN LECTURE
    The Name and Nature of Poetry
    David Edgar
    With illustrations ranging from Shakespeare to Sheridan, from Caryl Churchill and Howard Brenton to Oscar Wilde and Brian Friel, playwright David Edgar explores the poetry of plays.

  • Monday, 16 June 2014. 7.30pm
    St Laurence’s, Ludlow
    STEPHEN VARCOE
    Accompanied by Christina Lawrie the celebrated baritone commemorates the centenary of the Great War with a programme of song featuring Housman settings by Butterworth, Bax, Somervell, Moeran and Armstrong Gibbs and settings of Rupert Brooke and Siegfried Sassoon by Moeran, Gurney, Britten and Grainger. Booking through Arts@St Laurence, The Parish Office, 2 College Street, Ludlow SY8 1AN. Further information from <admin [at] janeallsopp [dot] co [dot] uk>

  • Sunday 6 July 2014, 7.30pm
    Artrix, Slideslow Drive (off A38), Bromsgrove B60 1AX
    A.E. HOUSMAN – A BROMSGROVE LAD
    Promoted by The Housman Society as part of Bromsgrove Festival
    Polly Bolton and her Band with Michael Collie (narrator) and Emily Collie (reader) tell the Housman story from a Bromsgrove perspective. Tickets £10.00 (Students £3.00) from Artrix Box Office - 01527 577330 or via

  • Thursday 10 July 2014
    Housman Hall, Kidderminster Road, Bromsgrove 10.00am
    WOMAN’S SUFFRAGE
    Jill Liddington and Elizabeth Oakley participate in a day on ‘Woman’s Suffrage in Bromsgrove’ as part of Bromsgrove Society’s Summer School. Elizabeth will be talking at 10.00am on “‘Separate Spheres’ versus ‘Votes for Women’” and Jill will follow at 11.35 talking about Laurence Housman and the Suffragette Boycott of the 1911 Census.

  • Thursday 7 August 2014
    Memorial Centre, Gerrards Cross
    AN INTRODUCTION TO A.E. HOUSMAN
    Julian Hunt will be running a course on A.E. Housman at the well organised Gerrards Cross Summer School, now in its 20th year. Lunch, lively company and a limit of 25 students. Full details will appear on the Gerrards Cross Summer School website:
For details of any of these events, please contact the society, details left.