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Centre of the celebrations for Johnson's 300th anniversary.

Friday September 18 2009 marks Samuel Johnson's 300th birthday and an exciting calendar of events has been planned in celebration. National events are taking place, but the celebrations began and will culminate in Lichfield.

The official launch of 2009 events took place in March, when John Sergeant visited the Lichfield Garrick and Dr Nicholas Cambridge (Johnson Society of London) and Professor Peter Martin (Johnson biographer) set out from Lichfield to walk to London, echoing the journey taken by Johnson and Garrick in 1737.

In Lichfield, events continue throughout the year with 'Johnson's House Comes Alive!' in May, two special nights with Lesley Smith as Hester Thrale in June and in July the Lichfield Festival market will be going Georgian for one year in honour of Johnson.

This year also marks the 250th anniversary of the publication of Johnson's only novel, Rasselas, and an evening in celebration of the work will take place in August.

Events will culminate over the weekend of September 18-20, with a spectacular free light and sound show in the Market Square and Lichfield's Georgian Heritage Weekend, in addition to the annual Johnson Society Birthday Supper.." Events will culminate with a spectacular free light and sound show in Market Square


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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:May 12, 2009
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