Julian Hunt - "A E Housman, a Worcestershire Lad"
Wednesday 16th May at 8.00pm
Chalfont St Giles Parish Church HP8 4QF
A E Housman was the leading classical scholar of his day, yet he is better known as the author of A Shropshire Lad, a perfect evocation of lost love and a vanishing English landscape.
It may surprise even those familiar with his ‘blue remembered hills’ that Housman was born and raised not in Shropshire, but in the Worcestershire town of Bromsgrove.
This lecture will show how the poet’s view of the world was shaped by the early death of his mother, the financial failure of his father, and above all, by his hopeless attachment to a fellow student at Oxford.
Julian Hunt was born in Romsley, near Bromsgrove, where his father was a co-founder of the Housman Society. Julian was Local Studies Librarian in Oldham, Lancashire, and was co-author of The Cotton Mills of Oldham, now in its third edition.
He moved to Buckinghamshire in 1988 to become the County’s first Local Studies Librarian.