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Sir Robin Chichester-Clark, a great friend to Arvon

It is with great sadness that we report the death of a great friend of Arvon, Sir Robin Chichester-Clark. When he died on August 5th, aged 88, Robin was Life President of Arvon. He was Chair of Arvon from 1997—2000, a period of epoch-making change at Arvon as it was during this time that we acquired our Shropshire house, The Hurst, the former home of John Osborne. With support from Arts Council England, chaired by poet Lord Gowrie, Robin, and Arvon’s National Director, David Pease, secured its purchase for future generations of writers.

Sir Robin and Lady Caroline have been steadfast supporters of Arvon ever since and in March this year, they helped us launch the Crenham Award, supporting groups of adults from disadvantaged backgrounds to come to Arvon and change their lives for the better through self-expression.

Robin was a persuasive friend of Arvon, who was always trying to make opportunities for us to extend our work, and influence. He was also charming, and great fun!

We will miss him very much indeed, and send our loving thoughts to his family at his very sad time.

Ruth Borthwick

 

Robin’s obituary in The Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2016/08/15/sir-robin-chichester-clark-mp-for-londonderry–obituary

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Welcome to the 2015 Course Programme

Ruth Borthwick, Chief Executive   It’s amazing to think that it is 40 years since Arvon started running courses…

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PD James

Everyone at Arvon is very sad to hear of the death of PD James. She was one of…

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John Moat 1936—2014

We are very sad to announce that John Moat, co-founder of Arvon with John Fairfax, has died. We…

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ARVON APPOINTS ALISTAIR BURTENSHAW AS CHAIR

From Ruth Borthwick, Chief Executive, Arvon Arvon is at a very special moment in its 46 year old…

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Michael Baldwin, a great friend to Arvon

We were greatly saddened to hear of the death of  the poet and novelist Michael Baldwin, a  wonderful…

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‘A meteorite hitting the earth’ – Ruth Borthwick blogs about teaching Creative Writing

Last Saturday I was in Birmingham at the excellent Writers’ Toolkit annual event devised by Writing West Midlands….

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One step Forward, two steps back

It’s great news that Michael Symmons Roberts, wonderful poet and tutor and Arvon Trustee, has won the 2013…

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A great tree has fallen in the forest: Arvon mourns Seamus Heaney

From Ruth Borthwick, Chief Executive, Arvon We at Arvon are shocked to hear that Seamus Heaney has died suddenly….

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Barbara Jenkins wins the inaugural Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize

From Ruth Borthwick, Chief Executive of Arvon If you want to make it as a writer in the…

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