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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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This year's Society meeting will be from 12 to 14 June 2015 in Dorset.

We meet on Friday night at 7.30pm for dinner at No 6. On Saturday our AGM will be held at 10.30am in the library of the Dorset County Museum followed by a talk on Percy Buck. Lunch will be from 12:30-1.45pm at Cafe Jagos and at 2pm we will set out for a visit to Abbotsbury Swannery. Dinner will be at 7pm at La Gondola.

On Sunday we meet at 11am at Athelhampton House for a tour of the house and gardens. 12.45pm Lunch at the Martyrs Inn, Tolpuddle.

Please let us know you are coming and book with Richard for all the meals.


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 2015. 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 Society is delighted to present you with an occasional paper written by Dr Morine Krissdóttir, a Society member, on the writing of Sylvia Townsend Warner's biography of T.H. White. This article is based on some very interesting material which has recently been given to the STW/VA Archive at Dorset County Museum.

Read the full article about STW's biography of T.H. White.