Welcome to the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society
The Sylvia Townsend Warner Society was launched in January 2000 in Dorchester by a group of enthusiasts, assembling for an inaugural meeting at the County Museum. The main aim of the Society is to promote a wide readership for and a better understanding of the writings of Sylvia Townsend Warner.
We provide a wide range of information on Sylvia Townsend Warner. Please follow the links on the top of each page to learn about Sylvia's life, her works and the reception of her work by the general public and literary critics, and to access the freely available online version of the Sylvia Townsend Warner Journal. Follow this link to join the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society.
The Society's Journal is now freely available on Ingenta connect.
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The Mary Jacobs Essay Prize 2017
The Mary Jacobs Essay Prize of £500, publication in the STW Journal, and a year's free membership from 1st January 2018 of the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society, is awarded to Harry Daniels, a postgraduate student of Manchester University. His winning essay 'Sacred and Profane Love in Mr Fortune's Maggot', will appear in the spring/summer issue of the 2018 STW Journal.
Free memberships for one year, from 1st January 2018, are awarded to the joint runners-up: Harriet Baker (Cambridge, UK) for 'The Queer Spaces of Sylvia Townsend Warner's Lolly Willowes (1926) and The True Heart (1929)', and Cornelia-Catrinel Dunca (Ahmedabad, Gujerat, India) for 'Passionate bodies: the Politics of Re-Orientations in Summer Will Show'.
The standard of the essays submitted was remarkably high, which made the task of judging unusually enjoyable.
Chairperson, Sylvia Townsend Warner Society
Call for Papers for Conference on Warner in April 2018 in Manchester
'Sylvia Townsend Warner and Modernism' conference, University of Manchester, 6-7 April 2018. Speakers include Claire Harman and Jan Montefiore. Proposals for papers are welcome across the full range of Warner's themes and work. Organisers: Dr Howard Booth (University of Manchester) and Dr Gemma Moss (Birmingham City University). The Sylvia Townsend Warner Society is offering two bursaries of £100 to help graduates attend.
Please read the Call for Papers for more details.