Calendar 2022

1922 – 2022 – The Centenary of Miss Mapp

Miss Mapp was published in 1922, and this is her year, although she is still annoyed at being published after Queen Lucia.

Saturday, May 14th at 2pm – AGM

The Society’s Annual General Meeting will be held on the above date at 2pm at Tudor Rose Court, 35, Fann Street, London, EC2. After the AGM there will be a reading by Richard Crowest of Desirable Residences, a Miss Mapp short story by E.F.Benson. Tea will follow and the cost is £12.50/person. Booking through the Society, but only members can participate in the AGM.

Saturday, July 9th 

Miss Mapp’s Rye Day

The Society’s Rye Day will be held on the date above and will include a Buffet Lunch and Tea to held in Rye Parish Hall, Lion Street, Rye. It will begin 12.30pm for 1pm with the buffet lunch. After lunch we will walk round Rye looking at Miss Mapp’s special places, even if it does, on occasions, mean mentioning Lucia. We will end the walk at Lamb House, to see over dear Aunt Caroline’s home, bequeathed to Miss Mapp. Here we will have access to rooms not normally open to the public. During the walk Richard Crowest will be reading quotes as we go round the town. We will return to the Parish Hall for Tea and the Benson Quiz, which will, this year, be entirely devoted to Miss Mapp and the Male Impersonator. Much homework will be needed. Further details, booking and costs will appear in members’ June Newsletter.

Wednesday, September 14th 11am and 2pm at Lamb House, West Street, Rye

Benson Story times for Adults: readings by Richard Crowest and Rosalyn Landor: Tickets £12. In the morning Richard Crowest will focus his readings on the Gentlemen of Tilling and in the afternoon, Richard and Rosalyn Landor will read extracts from the Tilling novels. This event is part of Rye Arts Festival and can be booked through their website:

Saturday, September 17th – A Benson Morning in Rye

The E.F.Benson Society & the Rye Arts Festival present a morning with E.F.Benson

The Society is delighted to be working with, and supporting, the Rye Arts Festival, in a special Benson Morning. The Society is sponsoring Professor Dominic Janes, of Keele University to talk about his research about the lives of gay men outside London in the times of E.F.Benson. He is an acknowledged expert in this field and has published and held conferences on this subject. Many of Benson’s circle are included and are an integral part of the talk..

The Outline of the morning is:-

10am – 10.45am: An overview of E.F.Benson’s life and work by Allan Downend

10.45am -11.30am: E.F.Benson’s school and university days by Keith Cavers

12noon – 12.45am: E.F.Benson and the wider “Queer” Society by Professor Dominic Janes with time for questions and discussion. Coffee will be available in the break before this talk.

The Event will be held in Rye Community Centre, Conduit Hill. Tickets £15

Kate Garner & her Art Deco Band, Saturday, September 17th at 7.30pm in the Community Centre. Tickets £15

Kate Garner will play music from the 1920’s, including music from her Mapp & Lucia musical and  other pieces from the period. She will also include  new song she has written specially for Miss Mapp, it being her centenary. Mapp is delighted.

These events are part of the Rye Arts Festival and tickets can be obtained from about June onwards through their website:

Monday, September 19th to Friday, September 23rd: 10am – 4pm

(exc.Wednesday am) 10am – 4.30pm

An Exhibition about E.F.Benson, his life, work and time in Rye

The Society is holding an exhibition about E.F.Benson, his life, work, and time in Rye, together with the work of the Society over the last 37 years. It will be held in Rye Parish Hall, Lion Street, Rye. It is free entry. There will be Benson interest items and publications reflecting Benson’s time in Rye on display as well as the Society’s own publications and copies of E.F.Benson’s books for sale.