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The Birmingham Central Literary Association
The Bristol Literary Lunch Club
The Cumbrian Literary Group

Dubliners Literary Circle
Dudley Literary Society
The Grub Street Rapscallions
The Historical Novel Society
Leamington Literary Society
The Melrose Literary Society
The Shropshire Literary Society
The Suffolk Book League
The Voorkuesian Literary Society (VLS)

Local Literary Societies/Groups

The Birmingham Central Literary Association, West Midlands, U.K.
We are a very old society dating back to 1856. Our aim is to promote an appreciation of all kinds of literature both past and present. We have talks, discussions, poetry and play readings. For more information about us please visit our website
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The Bristol Literary Lunch Club
Contact: Stan Szecowka, 30 Wright Way,Stoke Park, Bristol, BS16 1WH. Phone: 0117 965 5330 o Email: uk.
The Cumbrian Literary Group
Contact: Miss J.E. Fisher,"Calgarth", The Brow, Flimby, Maryport, Cumbria CA15 8TD Tel: 01900 813444
Meetings are usually held on Saturdays at Brockhole, Windermere, and begin at 2.30p.m. or Meets once a month from April to November at Brockhole National Park Centre, Windermere, Cumbria
Non-members are welcome to attend meetings at a charge of £ 1.
Annual subscriptions, due October 1st £ 8
Joint membership £15
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Dubliners Literary Circle
(Now in its seventh year of operation.)
(Both from Ireland and overseas.)
There is no membership fee; we meet twice a month in the Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin, Ireland. The only requirement is that you have a love for Ireland's literary history, past and present. We meet and discuss various authors' lives and writings, seek to interpret same, and endeavour to assess and evaluate their contributions to the nation's cultural identity.

Meetings normally start at 7.30p.m. and finish at 9.30p.m.

If you are visiting Ireland for the first time and are staying in the Hotel, why not join us? You will be most welcome.

Application form for the Dubliner's Literary Circle
The Dubliners Web Page
Contact: Desmond O'Malley, 35 Silloge Gardens, Dublin 11. Tel: 01 8620263
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Dudley Literary Society
Contact: Mrs Anita Gordon, tel: 0121 550 2575
The aim of the Society is to foster an interest in literary matters by means of lectures, book discussions and theatre visits, etc.
Meetings will be held in the Central Library, St. Jame's Road, Dudley, on Mondays, as stated from 7.30-9.30p.m. Annual subscription £ 8
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The Society of the Grub Street Rapscallions logoThe Grub Street Rapscallions
The purpose of the Society is to read and discuss works of the 18th, 19th Century bi-monthly in an atmosphere of good food and spirits.
Grub Street, in St Paul's area, now renamed Milton Street.
Contact: Nick Regine, 829 Bay Avenue, Somers Point, NJ, USA 08244, tel: 609-653-4991, e-mail:
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The Historical Novel Society's logo The Historical Novel Society (als)
The Historical Novel Society's website
Contact: Richard Lee M.A. Marine Cottage, The Strand, Starcross, Devon, EX6 8NY

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Leamington Literary Society logoLeamington Literary Society
The Leamington Literary Society was founded in 1912.
Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month (unless otherwise stated) in the Small Assembly Room (Annexe) of the Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa at 7.30p.m. Visits of a literary interest will be arranged during the year.
Annual subscription £ 10.00
Student Membership £ 5.00
Visitors Welcome (contribution) £ 1.50
Contact: (Mrs) Lee Griffin Braybrooke, 2A Victoria Street, Leamington Spa CV31 3PU Tel: 01926 430996
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The Melrose Literary Society
President : The Rev. Dr Dennis Wood
Secretary : Mr Laing Speirs
Ten meetings will take place from October to March, normally in the Ormiston Institute, Melrose.
Full details from Mr Laing Speirs, Bowden Knowe, Bowden, Melrose TD6 0ST telephone 01835 823768. E-mail :
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The Shropshire Literary Society (als)
The Society exists to bring together all those with an interest in literature and to increase and further literary knowledge and appreciation by the sharing of literary activities. Tribute will also be paid to Shropshire's interesting literary past, present and future. Members are encouraged to be pro-active. Meetings of the Society are between September and April, and are generally held on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at the Information Centre, Church Stretton (next to the library), G"Greta".
Members of the public are most welcome at most events of the Society for the sum of £2.00 and as members' guests at ticket events (guest rate applies).
Insurance. Please note that public liability is beyond the means of the Society and all persons attend events at their own risk and responsibility absolutely.
Membership Application Form
Contact: Miss T. Thompson, 'Greta', Sandford Ave., Church Stretton, Shropshire SY6 7AB Tel: 01694 722821
The Suffolk Book League
Founded in 1982 to promote the pleasures of reading by bringing popular and distinguished writers to speak in Ipswich and the surrounding area.
Later this year (11th May) we will welcome Hilary Mantel who will be talking about her Booker Prize winning novel “Wolf Hall”. Furthermore, Margaret Drabble is our honorary president and she will be giving a talk at the Framlingham Festival in June. More info about the group can be found at
We have a bit of a Jane Austen theme going on this year and the potential highlight of this calendar of diverse events will be a first for the SBL in its 28 year history – a day trip by coach from Ipswich to Chawton for members and non-members alike!
Day Trip to Chawton, Hampshire – Saturday 25th September 2010
Chawton in Hampshire was the village that Jane Austen moved to in 1809 and was consequently the rural setting that unlocked her most prolific literary period of novel writing before her untimely death in Winchester in 1817 at the age of 41.
It is hoped that this trip will appeal to a wide range of people and not just the dedicated Austenites amongst us! The trip will include:
· A tour of the recently improved Jane Austen House Museum – see the writing desk where the final touches to Pride & Prejudice were made!
· An optional visit to St. Nicholas Church where Jane worshipped and her mother and cherished sister Cassandra are buried.
· A bespoke tour of the Chawton House Library, home to a unique collection of early English women’s writing (1600 to 1830), and time to explore the beautiful landscaped gardens.
· A Talk by Sarah Parry, in-house Education and Archive Officer: “The Pemberley Effect: Austen’s Legacy to the Historic House Industry” followed by tea/coffee and cake.
· Coach travel from and to Ipswich will be included in the price of this trip.
· Tickets will cost £35 per person and cheques should be made payable to the Suffolk Book League.
Anyone who would like to book a place on this trip should contact Louise Denyer at or on 07968 532484 for a booking form and copy of the itinerary.
In addition to this trip, SBL are also hosting a Jane Austen Study Day with Patricia Duncker on Saturday 10th April 10am to 3pm at the Ipswich Institute, Tavern Street, Ipswich. Further information about this day can be obtained from the SBL chairman, Brian Morron, at
The Voorkuesian Literary Society
This is a new Literary Society founded in the United States. We wish it every success.
Contact: Kent Brad Gneiting, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., Student Box 824, Caldwell, ID 836005.