The Robert Bloomfield Society

Welcome to the Robert Bloomfield Society Website

North Bridge Street in Shefford The former home of Robert Bloomfield

This Site Has Now Moved To:  http://robertbloomfieldsociety.blogspot.com/

The Robert Bloomfield Society aims to serve admirers of this remarkable and unjustly neglected poet through promoting awareness of his life and work. It acts as a focus for anyone who may have a local, family, academic or general literary interest in the poet. Membership entitles you to participate in the events that the Society organises and to receive its Newsletter.

Events

The Society holds an annual Bloomfield Day at which the wide range of his writings and other interests is explored, as well as his historical and social background. At this event the opportunity is also taken to review the year’s activities and the Society’s future plans.

In addition, each year we organise at least one social event, usually involving a visit to locations identified with Bloomfield. In past years we have toured Bloomfield’s Suffolk, the Bedfordshire locations where he spent his latter days, and visited the British Library for an introduction to their extensive Robert Bloomfield holdings.  In 2007 we paid a commemorative visit to the Wye Valley, which Robert toured 200 years earlier, recording his experiences in his poem The Banks of Wye.

Keeping in Touch

Our Newsletter, issued twice a year, is a respected source of authoritative information about Bloomfield and covers news of the Society’s activities.

Publications

Bloomfield’s standing among his Romantic contemporaries has until recently suffered from a dearth of up-to-date scholarly biographical and critical writings. To help remedy this, the Society encourages the publication of work relating to the poet. Society members have been involved in producing a revised edition of Robert Bloomfield: Selected Poems published by Trent Editions, an e-publishing edition of Bloomfield’s letters, a collection of essays Robert Bloomfield.  Lyric, Class and the Romantic Canon, a critical study of his life and work by Simon J. White, and a CD of a reading of The Farmer’s Boy.

Education

In the Society’s view it is important to help young people appreciate and be informed about poets such as Bloomfield, and it is supporting the Robert Bloomfield Middle School in Shefford through an annual award for creative writing.

In the Future

The Society is building on its success as a new literary society, formed only in the year 2000 with inevitably a small, dedicated membership, by continually seeking further opportunities to foster awareness of Bloomfield and his achievements.