ONE of Herefordshire's most famous literary sons will be in the limelight again inJune.

Clergyman and poet Thomas Traherne, 17th century rector of Credenhill, has undergone something of a revival thanks to the efforts of local devotees.

The Herefordshire-based Traherne Association has, over recent years, gathered world-wide support and every year musters a handful of experts to present their own personal angle on the versifying vicar and his work.

Notable Traherne enthusiasts include Robert Runcie, former Archbishop of Canterbury, and Lord Healey.

The tenth annual Traherne Festival, from June 16-18, represents a milestone for the association. As usual, celebrations centre on Credenhill Church and comprise a representative cross-section of current research.

Guest speakers include Denise Inge, of King's College, London, on 'The Place of Desire in the Work of Traherne'.

The opening session is led by the Very Rev. Robert Willis, Dean of Hereford.

Telephone Mrs S Children on 01544 318739 for further details.

Programmes and booking forms are available from the tourist information centre, in Hereford.