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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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SOCIETY WEEKEND 10 - 12 June 2016 on the Essex Marshes

Just as her heroine Lolly Willowes had discovered the Chilterns, so Sylvia Townsend Warner discovered the Essex Marshes - by buying a map. The place-names delighted her, and she made several visits, one of them with David Garnett. Out of these visits came her novel, The True Heart.

For details of this year's Society weekend in the Essex Marshes, please read the 2016 Society weekend programme.
All Society members and interested others are welcome to join us.

Art Work inspired by the lives of Sylvia Townsend Warner and Valentine Ackland

Amanda Chambers has been inspired, after a visit to the Warner Archive at Dorset County Museum and extensive reading of Warner's work, to produce a work of art consisting of 6 pieces. The work can be viewed on her website http://amandachambers.co.uk/.

Claire Harman, Sylvia and Charlotte Brontë

Claire Harman's major new biography of Charlotte Brontë, celebrating the author's bicentenary in 2016, is due from Viking Penguin on 29th October and from Alfred A Knopf in March 2016. On the same day, Viking Penguin will republish, in paper and as an ebook, her first biography, the prize-winning Sylvia Townsend Warner.

Amazon already lists the new publications.


This year's Society meeting was held from 12 to 14 June 2015 in Dorset.

Please read the summary of the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society Weekend of 2015.

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