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. Learn more about the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society.
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Readings from Sylvia's work on Saturday May 18th in Clevedon, North Somerset
STW Society members will be hosting an evening of readings from her work on Saturday May 18th in Clevedon, North Somerset. The evening will give an introduction to Sylvia's life and work for people who would like to know more about this fascinating, but curiously invisible, author. The event will take place at Clevedon Community Bookshop (a bookshop owned and run by local people - would Sylvia have approved?) on Saturday 18th May, 7pm to 9pm. Tickets are £7, to include tapas and a glass of wine. We very much hope that local Society members will come along too to say hello.
Tickets are available from the Bookshop, tel. 01275 218 318, 27-29 Copse Road, Clevedon BS21 7QN enquiries@clevedoncommunitybo okshop.coop, http://www.clevedoncommunitybookshop.coop
SYLVIA TOWNSEND WARNER WEEKEND 2013 - June 28, 29 and 30
This year the Society will hold its annual gathering in Dorchester on the last weekend of June. Here is an outline of the schedule:
Friday June 28 - 7.30pm, Meal at No 6 North Square, Dorchester.
Saturday June 29 - 10.15am, AGM in the library of Dorset County Museum.
11.00am, ‘Miscellaneous Pieces’. Members are invited to read some of their favourite extracts from any of STW’s writings.
12.30pm, Lunch at Panini's, Dorchester.
2.30pm, Meet at Dagger’s Gate on the Lulworth road for a literary walk of about three miles to Lulworth Cove and back, led by Stephen Mottram. Followed by tea in one of the cafés above the sea.
7.00pm, By popular demand, Jenny Wildblood will cook a meal based on STW’s own recipes in her writings. Please email for venue details. Cost of the meal is £5 per person.
Sunday June 30 - 11am, Meet at the Old Vicarage (or ‘Sin’ as it was otherwise known) in Chaldon Herring for a tour of the garden, with readings. Followed by a tour of the churchyard (‘Death’), visiting the graves of villagers who are referred to in Sylvia’s diaries and other writings. Led by Judith Stinton.
2.30pm, Sunday lunch in The Sailor’s Return.
Please email us on stwsociety@ btinternet.com if you are coming. Please let us known which meals you plan to attend so we can book ahead.
MARY JACOBS MEMORIAL ESSAY PRIZE
The Society announces 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 31 March 2013. 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.
The Sylvia Townsend Warner Society Weekend 29 June - 1 July 2012
This year's annual Society meeting took place in the Dorset Country Museum in Dorchester. We enjoyed a truly international event with presenters from USA, Spain and Germany, as well as UK during the Symposium on Friday. Saturday's highlight was the staging of ‘Words and Music with Sylvia Townsend Warner'.
Read more about this year's annual Society meeting.