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.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Annual Bloomfield Day and AGM

Annual Robert Bloomfield Day, 31 March 2012

Room GE175, George Eliot Building,
Clifton Campus, Nottingham Trent University


11.00 Professor Bridget Keegan (Creighton University, Omaha), ‘The Poet as Laborer: Occasional Poets and Occasional Poetry’

12.00 Dr Andrew Rudd (London University), ‘Bloomfield and poetry of the imagination’

12.30 Ed Fordham discusses and introduces the Inskip collection of Bloomfield association books and materials

1.00 LUNCH (buffet lunch at cost price for those who want it)

2.00 Professor John Goodridge (Nottingham Trent University), ‘“Here Bloomfield lay beside the brook”: Clare, Bloomfield and Memorialisation’

3.00 Annual general meeting of the Robert Bloomfield Society (all welcome to attend)

4.00 CLOSE

Monday, 12 March 2012

Annual Bloomfield Day and AGM

The annual Bloomfield Day and AGM is scheduled for Saturday 31 March; 10.30 for 11.00 a.m. at Nottingham Trent University, which is generously providing hospitality as usual for the event. The address of the venue is George Eliot Building, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS. A buffet lunch will be provided at cost price.  

This year we shall have three principal speakers – Professor Bridget Keegan, from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, Dr Andrew Rudd from London University, and our own secretary Dr Kerri Andrews from Strathclyde University. We shall also feature a musical interlude provided by Professor John Goodridge of Nottingham Trent and a possible a visual input by Ed Fordham. This is the largest and most varied programme we have ever put forward and I do hope as many members as possible will be able to join us for what promises to be a very stimulating occasion.

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 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 NCT bus number 1, as the Unilink suggested on the University website does not run at the weekend. Timetables for NCT buses can be found here.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

The Inestimable Blessing of Letters

Romantic Circles has recently published a new collection of essays on Bloomfield, edited by John Goodridge and Bridget Keegan, and available online here.

Designed to accompany the online publication of Bloomfield's correspondence, these essays (by Tim Fulford, Peter Denney, Ian Haywood and Bridget Keegan) highlight and draw attention to aspects of his work that would in all likelihood not have been possible without full access to his letters. The essays included make a strong case for Bloomfield as a figure worthy of serious study and suggest how much more remains to be said about this important and prolific poet.