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Wednesday, 7 September 2016, 5.00 p.m. – Saturday, 10 September 2016, 2:00 p.m.

Oxford, UK

Photo: A letter returned to Capt. Robert Graves's parents in Wimbledon after he was mistakenly reported 'died of wounds' in July 1916, during the Battle of the Somme. (See zoomable copy at the foot of this page. Image copyright: William Graves.)

The Robert Graves Society is pleased to announce that its thirteenth International Robert Graves Conference will be held at St John’s College, Oxford, from 7th to 10th September 2016. The theme of the conference will be ‘Robert Graves and the First World War’.

Click here to register for the conference, book accommodation, and pay via PayPal or credit or debit card (via PayPal).

Shakespeare Lives!

The British Council tweets: 'Poet and author Robert Graves sums up Shakespeare perfectly!'

— British Council (@BritishCouncil) April 24, 2016

Date and time: Sunday 9 October 2016, 1.00 – 5.40 pm
The place: Renishaw Hall, Renishaw, Derbyshire, S21 3WB, UK

(The family home of the Sitwells)

A new edition of 'Robert Graves, War Poems', edited and introduced by President of the Robert Graves Society, Dr Charles Mundye of Sheffield Hallam University, UK, will be published on 31 October 2016 and is now available for pre-order from Seren. ISBN: 9781781723296 RRP: £19.99.

Robert Graves Society Conference Registration

Thirteenth International Robert Graves Conference, Oxford, 2016:

'Robert Graves and the First World War'

at St John's College, Oxford, England

Wednesday 7th September - Saturday 10th September 2016

Registration Form

IMPORTANT, PLEASE NOTE: Completing the form below and clicking on the box marked 'Send registration via e-mail' will produce a draft e-mail for you to send your completed registration to the Society. It will not actually send the e-mail, you will need to send it in the normal way. You should receive an acknowledgement from within a few days.

The PayPal boxes at the bottom of the page can be used individually or in combination to pay via PayPal for conference registration, but these need to be completed and sent separately from the registration form. Payment this year can only be accepted in GBP (Pounds Sterling). However, PayPal will automatically convert these GBP amounts to the currency of your credit or debit card account. If you can, please pay fees/dues directly online via electronic banking or direct bank transfer rather than by PayPal, to save the Society having to pay fees. The Society's account details are Account Name: The Robert Graves Society, Sort Code: 80-05-57, Account Number: 00151340. The IBAN is GB84 BOFS 8005 5700 1513 40 and the BIC Code BOFSGB21372.

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Congratulations to Professor Paul O'Prey, Robert Graves scholar, Society member, and Vice Chancellor of Roehampton University, who has been appointed Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours List. It is good to see that in addition to services to higher education, the honour is for his services to the literary history of the First World War, which must make it a rare citation indeed! Please read more by following the link below:

The Robert Graves Society now has a Twitter page. See @RobertGravesSoc or visit But note that there"s more than one Robert Graves, so #RobertGraves will reach more "trends" than those looking for news about the writer and poet!

It"s an excellent way to let "followers" know about events, news, and new publications. We have 18 followers so far -- we hope to see you there soon!

The Society will publish here news of Robert Graves events taking place during 2016 - 2017 that should be of interest to members of the Robert Graves Society or other readers of this website. 

If you know of events in any part of the world which are likely to be of interest to members of the Robert Graves Society and would like to see them published here, please send the details to Patrick Villa at

The Robert Graves Society was saddened to hear news of the death on 19 February of Robert J. Bertholf (1940 - 2016), formerly Curator of the Poetry and Rare Books Collection at the State University of New York at Buffalo, USA, a position previously held by Graves"s former secretary, Karl Goldschmidt (Kenneth Gay).

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