John Clare

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Poem of the week: Clock a Clay by John Clare
Clare struggled in the Romantic age, but this attentive study to a small creature leaves one dreaming of the hero he might have been in our era

Carol Rumens

04, Jul, 2022 @9:00 AM

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The addictive world of competitive chess | Brief letters
Brief letters: Chess | Swifts | Flowering lemon trees | John Clare | LV=


16, Nov, 2021 @6:06 PM

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Country diary: catch these twinkling stars before their lights go out
Lower Benefield, Northamptonshire: Glow-worms must now go on to the ‘last chance to see’ list

Matt Shardlow

24, Mar, 2020 @5:30 AM

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Talk to your child, not your mobile | Brief letters
Brief letters: Advice for modern parents | Dotterels | Christmas recipes | Austerity | Crescendos


13, Dec, 2018 @4:42 PM

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John Clare archive under threat from library cuts | Letters
Letters: Writers and academics including Hilary Mantel, Philip Pullman, Simon Armitage and Josie Long appeal to Northamptonshire county council to save a unique collection of works by the great poet of the English countryside


10, Jan, 2018 @3:25 PM

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Hilary Mantel and Alan Moore voice 'grave concerns' for John Clare archive
Authors fear that large collection of poet’s papers held by Northamptonshire libraries will be threatened by further cuts expected to its service

Alison Flood

10, Jan, 2018 @1:54 PM

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Top 10 books about trees
From Dante to John Clare and James Joyce, matters arboreal have inspired many writers. These are among the choicest specimens

Fiona Stafford

19, Apr, 2017 @9:54 AM

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Like love, violets gladden the heart
Country diary: Wenlock Edge Violets have a built-in nostalgia, a belonging to something that is only ever new and so always fleeting and longed for

Paul Evans

05, Apr, 2017 @4:30 AM

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The week in radio: The Rise of the Robots; I, Robot; In Our Time: John Clare
Isaac Asimov’s prophetic play and Adam Rutherford’s The Rise of the Robots revealed that our fear of machines is nothing new

Andrew Anthony

12, Feb, 2017 @8:00 AM

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Drawn to the abyss: literature's fascination with homelessness
From Jack London to George Orwell and Iain Sinclair, there is a long tradition of writers who fuel their portrayals of destitution with first hand experience

Tim Cooke

09, Aug, 2016 @7:30 AM

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Rural life and scenery inspired by John Clare | Letters
Letters: This summer the John Clare Society commissioned three new trees to be planted in Swaddywell Pit, another of Clare’s haunts


31, Jul, 2016 @5:51 PM

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Thorn tree tangle of pagans and poets
Country diary: Langley Bush, Cambridgeshire A bronze age grave, Roman shrine, gibbet mound, parish marker, gypsy haunt - centuries of decisions and deaths right here

Simon Ingram

29, Jul, 2016 @4:30 AM

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