Commemoration of the centenary of Rupert Brooke’s death

Easter Sermon at St Paul’s
Sunday 5th April

On Easter Sunday 1915, Dean Inge read Rupert Brooke’s poem The Soldier as part of his sermon. This year, Dean Ison returned to The Soldier for his Easter sermon.
Read Dean Ison’s Sermon.


Rupert Brooke Society
visit to Skyros
13th to 18th April

Members of the Rupert Brooke Society are visiting Athens and Skyros close to the centenary of Rupert Brooke’s death.


Skyros Commemoration
Thursday 23rd April

The Rupert Brooke Society will also be represented at the ceremony on Skyros on Thursday 23rd April organised by the British Embassy in Athens and the Skyros Municipality.
See more details.

Sunday 26th April 2015, The Old Vicarage, Grantchester
Hosted by Dame Mary Archer

Cover of 'The Second I saw You' by Lorna Beckett  



Gates open.

Midday - 1:00 pm


The official book launch of The Second I Saw You: Lorna Beckett in conversation with Catherine Bradley about her book on Rupert Brooke and Phyllis Gardner which has been published by the British Library to mark the centenary of Brooke’s death.
Followed by Q&A and book signing.

2:50 pm
(‘ten to three’)


Rupert Brooke: Mark Payton’s evergreen one-man play performed by Jonathan Race. Please bring along a rug or folding chair to sit on. A limited number of seats will be provided. You are welcome to bring along your own picnic and have it on The Old Vicarage lawn.

Tickets £8.00 for members, £10 non-members.

4:30 pm


Guests leave.

Car parking space will be available at £2 a car in the Temporary Village Car Park in the field next to The Mill House.
Please note that Braseley Bridge is closed to cars and you cannot enter Grantchester from Trumpington, only via Barton Road/ Grantchester Road or Coton Road.

For those wanting to make a weekend of it, Rupert Brooke Society members have been separately invited to the blue plaque unveiling at Orchard House on Saturday 25 April.

More about The Second I Saw You

In 2000, the British Library uncovered a cache of letters and a memoir documenting the previously unknown love affair between Rupert Brooke and Phyllis Gardner. Their story of love, conflict and loss - expressed with spirited vibrancy against a backdrop of impending war - makes these writings a fascinating insight into life on the eve of the First World War, as well as a powerful love story. This book tells the couple’s story for the first time. It gives a revealing insight into the life and personality of Brooke (1887–1915), still revered as a great British war poet, and uncovers the neglected life story of Phyllis Gardner, which has been almost lost from history. The story is told largely in the couple’s own words and has been sensitively compiled as part of a major research project by Lorna Beckett, Chair of the Rupert Brooke Society.

More about Rupert Brooke

“An excellent one-man show… we were enraptured by Race’s rendering of the life and work.” — The Spectator

Jonathan Race will stage a special performance of Rupert Brooke for us at Grantchester. This is the last time he will perform this play. Mark Payton’s inspired and meticulous play is the story of the Brooke beyond the myth of a young, beautiful, fallen warrior. It is the story of a far more complex and radical man.

Following the legendary ‘war’ poet from his time at Cambridge to his death in the Aegean Sea, the play reveals a man with a tumultuous personal life, a man not afraid to shock his audience, and vulnerably reaching to be ‘forever England’.


The Fateful Voyage

Sunday 26th April 2015, 8:30 pm The Hall, King’s College, Cambridge

King’s College are offering the perfect end to your Brooke-filled day with Kate Kennedy’s The Fateful Voyage.

A deeply moving sequence of music and words devised to commemorate the centenary of the death of King’s beloved alumnus Rupert Brooke en route to Gallipoli with friends and composers FS Kelly and William Dennis Browne, including newly discovered unpublished songs. Written by Kate Kennedy based on her forthcoming biography of Denis Browne.

Andrew Kennedy: tenor, Iain Burnside: piano, Matthew Cammelle: reader/narrator

Tickets: £15 (£5 students), available from The Shop at King’s (01223 769340) via their website.