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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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The Society continues the Mary Jacobs Memorial Essay Prize. It has been set up by the Committee to encourage further work on Sylvia Townsend Warner, and also to honour the memory of our dear friend and loyal member, Mary Jacobs.
The scope of potential topics is very wide and the competition is open to all, members and non-members alike. The deadline for entries will be 31 May 2017. The prize for the winning essay will be £500, publication in the Society's Journal and one year's free membership of the Society.
Read the details of the Mary Jacobs Memorial Essay Prize.

Lecture on Sylvia by Professor Maud Ellmann at University College London

There will be a lecture on the work of Sylvia Townsend Warner by Professor Maud Ellmann, University of Chicago, at University College London Institute of Advanced Studies on Thursday 22nd June 2017 at 6pm. The event is free but registration on Evenbrite will be required (not yet available). The lecture title is to be confirmed. The UCL Institute of Advanced Studies, Common Ground, Ground Floor, South Wing, Wilkins Building, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT.

'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.

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