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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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Warner Author of the Month

In August 2016 Warner is 'author of the month' at the London Review of Books Bookshop.
The shop offers a number of Warner's novels and Society journals for sale. The shop's website introduces Sylvia and features 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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