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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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Wednesday, 7 December 2016, at the Southbank Centre Poetry Library in London

Southbank Centre's Poetry Library will be hosting an event for Warner fans, new and old, to celebrate her poetic works.

The event focuses on the poetic works so often overshadowed by Warner's more famous novels, and will include three short talks by a range of Warner experts. Professor Peter Swaab will deliver an introductory talk, Claire Harman will provide biographical insight into the poetry, and Frances Bingham will close the event with further critical discussion. Attendees can also expect a selection of hand-illustrated quotes and passages from Warner's poetry, penned by a variety of part-time artists and illustrators based in London!

See the announcement on the Southbank Centre website.

LOLLY WILLOWES has been translated into Spanish!

Celia Montolio has translated Lolly Willowes into Spanish. Here is how this reads:

Al morir su padre, Laura Willowes se fue a vivir a Londres con su hermano mayor y su familia.

The full 2016 Spanish edition is available through Siruela publishers, ISBN 978-84-16638-78-9 or at Amazon.
Follow this link to the Spanish Amazon or the foreign language section of Amazon Uk or Amazon US.

Warner Author of the Month

In August 2016 Warner was 'author of the month' at the London Review of Books Bookshop.
The shop offered a number of Warner's novels and Society journals for sale. The shop's website introduced Sylvia and featured a number of blog posts about her.

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 summary.

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.

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