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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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Recording of the Poetry Library Event

The Southbank Centre in London made a recording of the event on Sylvia Townsend Warner's poetry at the Poetry Library in December 2016 and this is now accessible at https://soundcloud.com/the-poetry-library/sylvia-townsend-warners-poetic-works.

It will also be lodged in the Warner-Ackland archive. After only a small technical glitch the event began with Warner's reading of 'Gloriana Dying'. This was followed by a general introduction to Warner's poetry by Peter Swaab, and talks by Claire Harman on the place of poetry in Warner's writing life and by Frances Bingham on the nature of her literary collaboration with Valentine Ackland. The evening finished with a lively Q&A and reception.

'Queer British Art' at Tate Britain, London from April until 1st October 2017

"Spanning a precisely defined period from 1861, when the death penalty for buggery was abolished in Britain, to 1967 when male homosexuality was finally de-criminalised, it celebrates the 50th anniversary of the latter landmark by taking a look at the ways in which artists of the era expressed sexual fluidity and social nonconformity". [Rachel Campbell-Johnson, The Times, 4th April 2017]

All the great and good are either portrayed, for example Radcliffe Hall by Charles Buchel and Vernon Lee by John Singer Sargent, or are queer artists such as Francis Bacon, Duncan Grant, David Hockney and the photographer Cecil Beaton among many others. Work by Beaton of Warner is included in the exhibition.

Call for Papers for Conference on Warner in April 2018 in Manchester

'Sylvia Townsend Warner and Modernism' conference, University of Manchester, 6-7 April 2018. Speakers include Claire Harman and Jan Montefiore. Proposals for papers are welcome across the full range of Warner's themes and work. Organisers: Dr Howard Booth (University of Manchester) and Dr Gemma Moss (Birmingham City University). The Sylvia Townsend Warner Society is offering two bursaries of £100 to help graduates attend.

Please read the Call for Papers for more details.

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