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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.

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.

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Annual General Meeting of the Society 2018

This year's Society meeting will be on May 12th, at 11:15 at the Library of the Dorset County Museum.
It may be accompanied by a dinner on the 11th, and a lunch on Sunday at the Sailor's Return.

2017 issue of the STW Journal

The 2017 issue of the STW Journal was published early in December. The magazine has a new online host, Science Open, and articles from the 2015, 2016 and 2017 issues are available at https://www.scienceopen.com/collection/sylvia-townsend-warner-soc.

(The 2015 and 2016 Journals can also still be viewed on the Ingenta host at http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/uclpress/stw).

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.

Janet Montefiore
Chairperson, Sylvia Townsend Warner Society

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