Academic journal article John Clare Society Journal

Editorial

Academic journal article John Clare Society Journal

Editorial

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This year the journal looks back at its own first thirty years, in a survey essay from scholar Greg Crossan. Greg's profile in the 'Contributors' section of this issue reveals the reason I am in awe of his meticulous contribution to this issue. Greg continues to research Clare, and I look forward to many contributions from him in future issues. Elsewhere in this issue, the poem 'Mouse's Nest', has given critics John Lucas and Ben Hickman cause to engage in a lively tussle, stimulated by the latter's essay in last year's journal. Kelsey Thornton reads fertile parallels between Gerard Manley Hopkins and Clare, while Cassandra Falke teases out central issues in Clare's autobiographical prose.

Nick Parry's photo appears on p. 23. Nick was an artist, and a master craftsman of book printing and design. His Tern Press produced many magnificent selections of Clare's work. Nick and his wife Mary have been a constant presence at the Clare festival, and he will be sorely missed. Mary and the Parry family will keep Tern Press going at www.ternpress.co.uk.

Bob Heyes steps down as Reviews Editor, having taken up the role in 1997. …

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