Monday, 12 December 2016

'The first of rural bards'

Some more details of the anniversary exhibition at Cambridge University Library are available here.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Bloomfield Exhibitions

We are pleased to announce that Cambridge University Library (West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DR) will be mounting a small public exhibition to mark the 250th anniversary of Bloomfield’s birth, from Tuesday 13 December to Saturday 14 January 2017 (closed 24 Dec-2 Jan inclusive). There will be original and unique material on display. Thank you to John Wells Senior Archivist, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives for arranging this.

Bedford Heritage Library will also be marking the anniversary with an exhibition on the second floor of Bedford Central Library (Harpur Street, Bedford MK40 1PG) from 1st-30th December. This will include material and photos from The Robert Bloomfield Society alongside early editions from the Heritage Library selected by Stuart Antrobus, a local historian.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Robert Bloomfield 250th Anniversary presentation

Angela Underhill, Membership Secretary and Treasurer, attended the annual Year 8 Leavers’ Award Evening at the Robert Bloomfield Academy in Shefford on July 18th, and was welcomed by Julian Axford the new Principal. The  Society’s Poetry Award for 2016 was presented to Kieran MacCaffrey.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Annual Bloomfield Day and AGM

Annual Robert Bloomfield Day, 9 May 2015

3rd Floor Mary Anne Evans Building
Clifton Campus, Nottingham Trent University

This year's Annual General Meeting of the Robert Bloomfield Society will take place on 9 May, and will be hosted by Nottingham Trent University. Please arrive at 10:30 a.m. (for an 11:00 start).

Professor John Goodridge of the Department of English at NTU, our co-founder, will be retiring this year and we wish to make this occasion a celebration of his work on Bloomfield and his support for the Society. Consequently there will be no main speaker, but there will be contributions from fellow academics and members of the Robert Bloomfield Society, accompanied by poetry and prose readings and colour slides of events charting the life of the Society.

Later, we shall hold our AGM, which will review the past year, present the accounts and provide members with an opportunity to air their views and offer much-needed suggestions for future activities.  We expect to conclude by 3:15 p.m. approximately.

Directions to Nottingham Trent University can be found by clicking on the following link.

Please note that anyone travelling by train, should get the Nottingham City Transport (NCT) Navy Line bus number 1, as the GO2 Uni 4 suggested on the University website does not run at the weekend. Timetables for NCT buses can be found here. 

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

New additions and revisions to the Letters of Robert Bloomfied

Romantic Circles is pleased to announce the latest update to The Letters of Robert Bloomfield and his Circle. Tim Fulford and his co-editors have added annotated texts of newly-discovered letters by Robert and his brothers George and Nathaniel. Fragments of a MS poem by George are also presented. Altogether, the new texts illuminate the rapidly-changing print culture of the early nineteenth century. They show the relationship between labouring-class writers and their gentlemen patrons to have been more complex than previously thought; they reveal the power of the reviewing journals; they exhibit the political divisions within the rural working class, even in times of scarcity and protest. And they provide fascinating contemporary portraits of figures including Cobbett, Fox, and the Duchess of Devonshire. Among the works discussed are Robert's third collection Wild Flowers and Nathaniel's Essay on War. (See new letters 80a, 180a, 205a, 302a, 339a, 349a, 360a, 412, and, in the Contextual Materials section, George's fragment "Crude Thoughts").

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Annual Prizegiving

Membership Secretary and Treasurer Angela Underhill attended the Robert Bloomfield Academy annual Year 8 leavers' evening on 17th July to present the Robert Bloomfield Society's Creative Writing Award (pen and poetry anthology) to Basmah Malik. Basmah's prizewinning poems will be published in the autumn newsletter.

Friday, 6 July 2012

The Banks of Wye

Romantic Circles is pleased to announce the publication of a new edition of Bloomfield's The Banks of Wye, edited by Tim Fulford. Comprising a facsimile of the manuscript sketch- and scrap-book that Bloomfield made after his 1807 tour of the Wye, an annotated transcription of the prose tour-journal that he incorporated into his scrap book, and a collated and annotated text of the poetic versions of the tour that were published (as The Banks of Wye) in 1811, 1813, and 1823, this edition offers a new and valuable insight into one of his most ambitious works. Also included are reproductions of the engravings that illustrated the 1811 and 1813 publications, deleted or unadopted passages from the manuscript of the poem, and a selection of reviews from journals of the time.

In addition, an updated version of Bloomfield's collected letters is also available, comprising four previously unknown letters that throw new light on Bloomfield's relationship with his patron, Capel Lofft, and on the patronage of labouring-class poets in the early nineteenth century more generally. The letters also provide new insights into periodical culture in the period and present an early draft of one of Bloomfield's popular songs.