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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.

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Here is the schedule for this year's Society weekend:

Friday June 20, 7.30pm. Meal at Pizza Express, The Forum, Norwich.

Saturday June 21, 10.00am. South Burlingham. Coffee with member Margaret Steward and Peter Scupham, and a tour of 17th century wall-paintings in this beautiful house.
11.15am. St Benet’s Abbey gatehouse. Tour of the site with Caroline Davison (Norfolk Archaeological Trust, associated with The Corner that Held Them).
12.30pm. Lunch in Fisherman’s Return, Winterton. Walk round Winterton including Hill House, the church (and Beach Cottage?).
2.45pm. Warren Farm, Horsey, where STW and VA stayed in 1949.
3.30pm. A walk around Waxham tithe barn with its church and manorial complex, followed by tea.
6pm. Evening meal at the Hill House pub, Happisburgh, a place with many literary and artistic associations – Lorna Sage, Arthur Conan Doyle, William Cowper and Henry Moore.

Sunday June 22 10.30am Sloley Old Hall (formerly known as Frankfort Manor, where STW and VA lived 1933-34).
11.45am. Coffee, and Shell Museum, Glandford (The Flint Anchor).
12.15pm. Cley Church (The Flint Anchor).
12.45pm. Lunch at Wiveton Hall café. Followed (for those who have time) by a walk to Blakeney, another place associated with The Flint Anchor.

For all the various lunch and dinner reservations please let Richard Searle know if you are coming (you can contact us for his details).
Non-members are welcome! Please let us know of your plans. This should be a fascinating trip. Please come if you can.


The Society continues the Mary Jacobs Memorial Essay Prize. It has been set up by the Committee to encourage further work on Sylvia Townsend Warner, and also to honour the memory of our dear friend and loyal member, Mary Jacobs.
The scope of potential topics is very wide and the competition is open to all, members and non-members alike. The deadline for entries will be 1 May 2014. The prize for the winning essay will be £200, publication in the Society's Journal and one year's free membership of the Society.
Read the details of the Mary Jacobs Memorial Essay Prize.

SYLVIA TOWNSEND WARNER WEEKEND 2013 - June 28, 29 and 30

We had a wonderful time at last year's Society weekend. The weather was perfect and we were happy to welcome old acquaintances and new faces to our various events.

Please read Judith Stinton's summary of the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society Weekend of 2013.

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