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Talk, Wed 8 Aug 2018, free entry

John Betjeman: Poems, Places & People

John Betjeman: Poems, Places & People


Val Doney

01297 442148


Hill Road,
Lyme Regis,


Probably the best-loved poet of the twentieth century, John Betjeman was much more than a poet: he was a man of many interests, enthusiasms and abilities. A writer, critic, lover of Victorian architecture and country railways, a conservationist who became a radio and television personality – what we would today call a celebrity.

His topographical writings and guidebooks, particularly those about churches, towns and villages, give us not just information but a sense and spirit of place. An eccentric and lover of eccentricity, however it might be shown, he has much to teach us about how to look at places and how to look after them.

By profession a physical chemist, Manchester-born Don Archer has lived and worked in Devon for over 50 years. His varied teaching career (at secondary schools, technical college and university) culminated with heading the science side of the School of Education at Exeter University.

His interest in industrial history and archaeology, particularly of Victorian times, brought him to John Betjeman. In his talk, Don touches on a few poems, rather more places, and scores of people associated with Betjeman.

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Dates Times
Wed 8 Aug 2018 11:00 to 12:00
Coffee served from 10.00 until 10.45


Free entry

Free to U3A members. Suggested £2 donation for non-members



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