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Francis Bacon
Denys Watkins-Pitchford (BB)
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Thomas Lovell Beddoes
Adrian Bell
Hilaire Belloc
Arnold Bennett
Edward Frederic Benson
John Betjeman
Thomas Bewick
William Blake
Robert Bloomfield
Jorge Luis Borges
George Borrow
The Brontës
Rupert Brooke
Robert Browning
John Buchan
Fanny Burney

Francis Bacon
Francis Bacon Research Trust ALS
The Shakespeare Enigma by Peter Dawkins
The Francis Bacon Research Trust Home page

The wonder of the world, the beauty and the power,
The shape of things, their colours, lights and shades,
These I saw.
Look ye also while life lasts
BB Logo
BB (Denys Watkins-Pitchford)
The B.B. Society (ALS)
In 2009,The BB Society celebrates the 10th Anniversary of its formation. In February the AGM was held at Rugby School - the traditional venue - where BB taught art for 17 years and where the BB Archive is housed.
The Summer Anniversary Weekend is being held on Saturday 18th at Fotheringhay and Sunday 19th of July at Kelmarsh Hall.
Anniversary projects have included the release of 'The Whopper' on CD, Binders for our annual journal, Sky Gypsy and a further selection of notelets.
For further details please contact Yvonne Seward, Membership Secretary, Lantern Cottage, Little Comberton, Pershore, WORCESTERSHIRE, WR10 3EH.'
Letters from the Round House
Membership form
About BB


Thomas BeddoesThe Beddoes Society (ALS)
The Beddoes Website
Selected Poems
New book from Penguin Classic

Society Publications
Details about the author.

Adrian BellThe Adrian Bell Society(photo courtesy of the Eastern Daily Press)
The Centenary book ' Adrian Bell- A Countryman's Notebook: Centenary Collection' commissioned by the Society has sold almost 2000 copies in less than a year.
  Adrian Bell

Hilaire BellocHilaire Belloc(als)
A brief biography of Bellocwritten by the Editor of The Bellocian
Hilaire Belloc
The poems of Hilaire Belloc

Arnold BennettArnold Bennett(als)

The focal point of Arnold Bennett's FiveTown Novelswas Bursley. There is a pamphlet The Bursley Trail which will help you to recapture the atmosphere of the novels and identify many of the places and buildings which feature in such stories as The Old Wives' Tale, Clayhanger and The Card.Further leaflets available from Ceramica, Market Place, Burslem.
There is a new, permanent, Arnold Bennett exhibition at the Potteries Museum in Hanley.
Literary debate between Virginia Woolf and Arnold Bennett


E.F.Benson logoE.F. Benson(ALS)
Benson Society Webpage
Brief details of E.F.Benson
John BetjemanThe Betjeman Society
Tuesday 10 March 2009In a few words - a Poetry Evening at London University, 6.00pm for 6.30pm at Dr Teng See Lee Seminar Room.
AGM at Wantage Saturday 16 May 2009- Service at Wantage Parish Church at 11.00am (commemorating the 25th Anniversary of Sir John’s death) followed by lunch at 12.30pm and the AGM at 2.00pm
Saturday 13 June 2009 - All along the Thames from Millbank to Woolwich by Thames Clipper Ferries, with readings near the piers led by Don Kennedy.
Saturday 11 July 2009at 2.00pm N.W.5 and N.6 - A guided walk around scenes from Betjeman’s childhood led by Lance Pierson.
Thursday 27 August 2009Betjeman Birthday Party at St John’s Waterloo 6.00pm for 6.30pm. Guest Speaker: Valerie Grove.
Friday 28 August 2009An informal poetry reading to celebrate John Betjeman’s birthday at St Pancras Station (details to be confirmed).
Thursday 15 October 2009A Question of Influence: John Betjeman and the Victorians - The Betjeman Lecture given by Dr Greg Morse. 6.00pm for 6.30pm provisionally at The Cowcross Gallery, Cowcross Street, London (details to be confirmed).
Colin Wright (Hon Sec. Betjeman Society), 6 St Anne's Road, Shrewsbury SY3 6AU E-mail: colin@colin-wright.freeserve.co.uk
The Branch continues to hold its meetings on the first Saturday of the month (no meeting in August). They welcome any members who would like to join us. Coffee at 10.15a.m., start at 10.30a.m., finish at 12.15p.m. Please notify host/hostess only if you cannot attend.
ContactSecretary: Mrs Patricia Mann, 3 Greenbank, Kennington, Ashford, Kent TN24 9NJ.
Isle of Man
ContactThe Secretary/Treasurer, Mrs Joyce Corlett, Erin Arts Centre, Victoria Square, Port Erin, Isle of Man, IM9 6LD
Details of meetings will be circulated to Branch members. All Society members are cordially invited to the meetings.
ContactChairman: Michael Thomas, Cold Harbour Cottage, Aby with Greenfield, Alford, Lincs LN13 0ED
ContactSecretary, Penny Forbes-Roberts, 92 Churchway, Haddenham, Bucks HP17 8DT
ContactKay Jackman, Spring House, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 5PB
The Shires
Contact: Baz Morris, 114b Knighton Church Road, Leicester LE2 3JH.
contact:Roy Denison, 24 Penny Piece, Goring-on-Thames, Reading, RG8 9BY Yorkshire - The Ridings BranchContact: Peter Scott, 7 Anderson Grove, York, YO24 4DX.
New Books
Membership Subscription Form
John Betjeman web siteNew CD A selection of Sir John's great poems that are not so famous. On this CD Lance Pierson, a Society member, has recorded nineteen poems that are difficult to find elsewhere, or have not been recorded.
The cost of a CD is £14 and cassettes £7. Postage and packing is 10% of the order.
They can be obtained from Lance Pierson lance@lancepierson.org
New CDA selection of Sir John's great poems that are not so famous. On this CD Lance Pierson, a Society member, has recorded nineteen poems that are difficult to find elsewhere, or have not been recorded.
The cost of a CD is £14 and cassettes £ 7. Postage and packing is 10% ofthe order.
They can be obtained from Lance Pierson lance@lancepierson.org
The contact person for the Oxford Branch is now their Secretary, Penny Forbes-Roberts, 92 Churchway, Haddenham, Bucks HP17 8DT and we have a new branch in Yorkshire called The Ridings Branch and the contact there is Peter Scott, 7 Anderson Grove, York, YO24 4DX.
New BooksJohn Betjeman web site

Thomas BewickThe Bewick Society(ALS)
Trail Guide:Thomas Bewick in Newcastle: A guide to places in and around the city associated with the artist.
This leaflet, produced with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund Awards for All scheme, has been officially launched and distributed to all the local libraries and Tourist Offices. Tel: 0191 277 8000 or via tourist.info@newcastle.gov.uk to acquire one.
Other Events at Cherryburn organised by the National Trust
Cherryburn is open from mid March until the end of October. Visit for further details.
Cherryburn Folk in the Farmyard
Every Sunday afternoon there is traditional music, song or dance from 2pm-5pm.
Venue: Cherryburn, Station Road, Mickley Square, near Stocksfield, Northumberland NE43 7DD. Telephone 01661 843276., e-mail: cherryburn@nationaltrust.org.uk
Admission: Admission charges apply. National Trust and Bewick Society members free on production of a valid membership card.
Other Bewick events and exhibitions not organized by the Society
Every Sunday printing demonstrations using traditional methods with original hand presses from 1-4p.m. Normal Admission.
Venue: Cherryburn, Station Road, Mickley Square, near Stocksfield, Northumberland NE43 7DD, Tel: 01661 843276.
The Bewick Society's web page
Museum website, Discovering Bewick.
Thomas BewickOn this site.
Found on web:
Thomas Bewick
statue of Thomas Bewick
Graham Carlisle's Bewick page
William Blake
The Blake Society of St James's(als)
The Society's website
The complete works of William Blake
A mailing list for William Blake

RobertThe Robert Bloomfield Society(ALS)
The Robert Bloomfield Society has been founded in order to promote a wider and a deeper knowledge of this remarkable, and unjustly neglected poet. It is hoped that the society will attract members from both the U.K. and the U.S.A. and ultimately from wider afield.
The new Bloomfield Society webpage
Borges The Friends of Jorge Luis Borges Worldwide Society (als)
Jorge Luis Borges (1899 - 1986) was an Argentine writer who is considered to be one of the foremost writers of the 20th century. Best-known in the English speaking world for his short stories and fictive essays, Borges was also a poet, critic, and man of letters. (copied from Wikipedia page) The Friends of Jorge Luis Borges website
Wikipedia on Jorge Luis Borges
George BorrowThe George Borrow Society(als)
  The George Borrow Society was established in 1991. It publishes two substantial Bulletins a year and organises one or two events annually.
The Society's website is at The Society's website
The website includes information about the Society and its Bulletin.  A thematic index to the Bulletin is currently in process of development, covering a wide range of topics relevant to Borrow and Victorian studies in general.  

The Brontë Society (als)
The Brontë Parsonage Museum will celebrate Mothering Sunday by offering free admission to mums accompanied by a child (of any age!) on both Saturday 21st and Sunday 22 March.
The museum has had a busy start to the year with lots of new things for visitors of all ages to see and do. For the first time in over twenty years the museum undertook a major refurbishment in January and opened with a brand new exhibition space exhibiting more of the treasures of the museum’s collection than ever before. The new exhibition includes fun interactive displays for children and families. There’s also an exhibition of costumes from the latest ITV adaptation of Emily Brontë’s classic love story, Wuthering Heights, and a new exhibition focusing on Charlotte Brontë which includes items of clothing and other personal treasures as well as letters and rarely displayed art works. An exhibition of stunning contemporary paintings featuring the Brontës' handwriting magnified and reproduced in vibrant colours completes the busiest programme of exhibitions the museum has had for several years.
For Mothering Sunday there will also be free art and craft activities for children making mother’s day gifts.
For further details contact the museum on 01535 642323/ bronte@bronte.org.uk/ www.bronte.info
Opening Times The Museum is open every day of the year except 24-27 December 2009 and 4 to 31 January 2010 inclusive:
10.00 am - 5.30 pm (April to September)
11.00 am - 5.00 pm (October to March)
The Brontë Parsonage Museum is open seven days a week
Please Contact: the museum on 01535 642323 for information on opening times and entry charges or Ann Dinsdale - Collections Manager on 01535 640198, for information on the ‘No Coward Soul’ exhibition 2008.

Brontë Website
Page on Anne Brontë, connections for her sisters
The address of the Museum: The Brontë Parsonage Museum, Haworth, Keighley, BD22 8DR, tel: 01535 642323

The Angrians

The Angrians is the Junior section of the Brontë Society for young people up to and including the age of fourteen years. The aim is to foster and encourage interest in the Brontë story and the Brontës' writing and to share this interest with others through pen friends, competitions, poetry and story writing.
Rupert BrookeRupert Brooke
The Rupert Brooke Society (als)
The Rupert Brooke Society was formed in the summer of 1999. Their headquarters is at The Orchard, Grantchester. This was because in order to supplement their income, the owners named Stevenson took in lodgers and in 1909 a young graduate of King's College took up residence. His name was Rupert Brooke. If you want to travel to The Orchard in the most traditional way, you can hire a punt (and a Chauffeur, if required) from Scudamores Boatyard (01223 359750). Alternatively, punts can be hired in Grantchester in summertime, from Granta Punt Hire, situated in the cottage next to the Church (01223 843285). The Orchard is open all day, all year.
E.M.Forster, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Bertrand Russell, August John, Maynard Keynes and Virginia Woolf were also members of the Grantchester Group.
Rupert Brooke Society page

John BuchanJohn Buchan
The John Buchan Society (als)
On 3 March 1979, one of the speakers on the programme for a John Buchan Day, organised by the Extra-Mural Department of Edinburgh University, was Eileen Stewart. It was thanks to her enthusiasm and formidable energy, backed up by many other Buchan devotees, that the day also saw the inaugural meeting of the John Buchan Society. The Rt Hon The second Lord Tweedsmuir, John Buchan's eldest son, presided over the proceedings when the first Council was elected.
The First Annual Dinner was held on 1 March 1980, when the second son of John Buchan, the Hon William Buchan, (the present third Lord Tweedsmuir) was the principal guest and speaker. The first A.G.M. was also held in Edinburgh on 15 May 1980. Since then the Society has grown to nearly 500 members, many residing in the USA and Canada and other parts of the world. The Society's main objective is 'to promote a wider understanding and appreciation of the life and works of John Buchan'. It does this through holding its AGM and Annual Dinner, now on the same weekend, alternately in Scotland and England: recent venues have been Peebles, Glasgow, London, Warwick, Chipping Norton and Ramsgate. Three weekend seminars have also been held since 1990, all based in Oxford. Although the Society has no building as its headquarters it is committed to supporting The John Buchan Centre at Broughton, near Peebles in the Scottish Borders.

New John Buchan Society website includes a complete Buchan bibliography and much more.


Fanny BurneyFanny Burney
The Burney Society(als)
The Burney Society of America.