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As part of the Ledbury Poetry, Dr Philip W Errington, the antiquarian bookdealer and bibliographer, and pre-eminent Masefield scholar celebrates the poetry of Ledbury’s most famous literary son, C20th Poet Laureate and author of The Everlasting Mercy and 'Sea-Fever'.

Tickets - at £10 - available from

Zoom tickets - at £20 for all live-streamed events - available from

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New Audio Adaptation of The Box of Delights

A new audio adaptation of The Box of Delights is now available from Big Finish (with a cast which includes Derek Jacobi and Mark Gatiss). The adaptation is available as a download or CD set (see for further details).

Whilst on the subject of The Box of Delights, don't forget that last year saw the publication of a 128 page book celebrating the Christmas classic. Opening The Box of Delights is a richly illustrated celebration of the story. More than three hundred pictures illuminate a fascinating account of Masefield’s colourful life and career, the publishing history of the novel, its various illustrators and its adaptations across many media. There are new discoveries provided, unknown facts presented and many years of research revealed. Opening The Box of Delights also includes a hitherto unpublished section of Masefield’s original text.

New Exhibition in Ledbury Library

As our local Ledbury members know, the Society enjoys a wonderful exhibition space in the heart of Ledbury Library in The Master's House.

With the easing of restrictions, we've created a new exhibition. This time, we focus on Masefield's 1928 play entitled The Coming of Christ. This was a revolutionary play and our display highlights contributions from Gustav Holst and Charles Ricketts. We show a number of different (and rare) editions, some production photographs, numerous newspaper reports and other treasures from our archives.

Pop along and take a look!

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Don't forget The John Masefield Society has a channel on YouTube! We'll endeavour to post a number of interesting and/or rare pieces at:

Already posted are Edith Evans' 1939 recording of 'Cargoes' (without a handbag in sight) and Keith Falkner's 1928 recording of Frederick Keel's setting of 'Trade Winds'.

Also available on YouTube - posted by Darton, Longman and Todd - is the 2020 John Masefield Society Annual Lecture entitled Opening The Box of Delights:

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