Academic journal article John Clare Society Journal

Editorial

Academic journal article John Clare Society Journal

Editorial

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Folk singers tend to sing rather than write, so I am grateful to Professor Nick Groom (who can do both) for opening fresh discussion on the important subject of Clare and folksong, in the first of this year's two review essays. Before that we have two detailed studies of single poems, an evocative comparison between Clare and Bewick, a new poem, and a further contribution to the editorial debate. I am grateful to all our contributors including reviewers, referees and editors. The pen and ink drawings of Clare's and Bewick's graves, on p. 20, are by Kelsey Thornton, and the image from the manuscript of 'Graves of Infants' (p. 34) is from a private collection. All other images in this year's Journal are by Bewick and his school. They are listed in my new index to the Journal, available online and from the Society.

I have decided, on a personal note, to conclude my work on the Journal this year, having produced sixteen annual numbers. When I was elected editor in 1992 I inherited a beautifully designed journal, at once accessible and serious, and valued by scholars, enthusiasts and Clare newcomers alike. Keeping up the very high standards set by my predecessors Edward Storey, Pauline Buttery and Kelsey Thornton was a serious challenge, and it took Kelsey a lot of patience to persuade me to take over the job from him. …

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