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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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Mapping London and Exploring Desires in Sylvia Townsend Warner's 'The Green Torso' (1970)

Although at this time of year many of you are no doubt buried beneath piles of essays and exams, we hope you'll take some time out to join the Literary London Society for their final session of this academic year. Rebecca Hahn (Tuebingen) will introduce Sylvia Townsend Warner's 'The Green Torso' (1970). This session will take place on Tuesday, 14 June from 6.00pm - 7.30pm at Senate House, Room 103.

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.

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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