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General Literary Societies and Reading Groups

The Arthur Ransome Society(als)
Arthur Ransome - The Nancy Blackett Trust
The Romany Society
John Ruskin
John Ruskin (Oxford)
Mark Rutherford

Details of TARS, The Arthur Ransome Society(als) Contact: Bill Johnson at
Arthur Ransome site with general information about Arthur Ransome, pointers to TARS (The Arthur Ransome Society) and ARC (The Arthur Ransome Club of Japan). It also has links to a variety of other places, including a TARS calendar, slide show, literary pages, and so forth.
The Arthur Ransome Society
The Arthur Ransome site
Membership application form
Associated organisations:
The Abbot Hall Art Gallery and Museum of Lakeland Life
The Windermere Steamboat Centre
The Nancy Blackett TrustThe Nancy Blackett TrustThe Nancy Blackett
The Nancy Blackett Trust was set up in 1997 to purchase and preserve Arthur Ransome's Nancy Blackett and to develop ways of using her to inspire interest in Ransome and his books, and to encourage young people to take up and enjoy sailing.
If you are interested in sailing and are not already on the Sailing Nancy Mailing list, please contact Ken Randall. And contact Ken if you know of any events (East Coast or elsewhere) that Nancy might like to attend.
The Nancy Blackett Trust Page not found 22.6.02

RomanyThe Romany Society (als)
The author and broadcaster.
Meetings focus on special events. One of these, a Romany weekend, takes place each year. Romany's vardo still exists, in the Romany Memorial Garden, South Drive (off B5086), Wilmslow, Cheshire. It is open to the public on the second Saturday of the months May, June, July and September from 12 noon to 3.00 p.m.
The Romany Society's Website
Romany Quotes
About the Society
The Ruskin Society (als)
John Ruskin and the Lakeland Arts Revival 1880-1920 by Sara E. Haslam, an illustrated work produced by Merton Press.
Ruskin Page
The Ruskin Museum in Coniston

The Ruskin Society of Oxford
Contact: O. Forbes-Madden, 351 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 7NX Tel: 01865 310987
Mark Rutherford (William Hale White) Society

Bedford Author Mark Rutherford to be commemorated

†Mark Rutherford was born William Hale White in Bedford High Street in 1831 above his father's bookshop†at the river end of the High Street. His novels reflect not just society in the Victorian era, but Bedford features in most of them, although under other names, as a small county town. His first two novels, The Autobiography and Deliverance show his spiritual struggle. However three novels show, quite interestingly and perhaps surprisingly, what it was like to be a young woman at that time. Women are the heroines of Catherine Furze, Clara Hopgood and Miriamís Schooling and play a large part in the other novels. ď The Revolution in Tannerís Lane is the most truly historical but still contains a personal story.
The aims of the Mark Rutherford Society are to:
∑ Unite all those who appreciate the work of Mark Rutherford.
∑ Encourage publishers to make all the Mark Rutherford novels and other writings available in print.
∑ Produce a scholarly journal devoted to the study of the work of Mark Rutherford.
∑ Hold conferences as appropriate to present the results of study and to bring together those who appreciate Mark Rutherford.
Application Form
Page on Mark Rutherford
Contact: Nick Wilde 23 Addington Close, Bedford MK41 9SP * Tel: 01234 210437 or e-mail: