Academic journal article John Clare Society Journal

Editorial

Academic journal article John Clare Society Journal

Editorial

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John Clare died in the Northampton General Lunatic Asylum, on 20th May 1864. A number of projects and events marked the 150th anniversary this May: a ceremony at Westminster Abbey where Clare has a plaque in Poets' Corner; new musical compositions performed in Northampton by Croatian composer Ivan Bozicevic and in Peterborough by the Director of the Bangkok Opera Somtow Sucharitkul; an extensive exhibition at Peterborough Museum; the launch of a Centre for John Clare Studies at the University of Cambridge; and a two-day conference of poets, academics, artists, filmmakers, a stand-up comedian - and members of this Society - at Oxford Brookes University. Most of the contributors to this year's issue - Sarah Corbett, Robert Heyes, Erin Lafford, Valerie Pedlar and Adam White - presented their work at the conference. We also welcome Ron Paul Salutsky and David Worrall to the journal, along with two new members of the journal's Advisory Board: Professor Emma Mason of the University of Warwick, and Professor Johanne Clare, author of the now classic study John Clare and the Bounds of Circumstance (1987).

The anniversary of Clare's death also saw the beginning of the project that his life and writing has been waiting for. The prolific writer who celebrated his 70th birthday in 2013 with 70 separate events and film showings across the past year, Iain Sinclair, author of Edge of the Orison: In the Traces of John Clare's 'Journey Out of Essex' (Penguin, 2005) among many other influential books, is collaborating on By Our Selves with the similarly idiosyncratic film director and performance artist, Andrew Kötting. …

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