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Sylvia Townsend Warner and the Possibilities of Freedom

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 10 October 2019

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We are delighted to host The Sylvia Townsend Warner Society Lecture 2019 delivered by Professor Peter Swaab (UCL English)

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

All

Availability

Yes

Cost

Free

Organiser

Institute of Advanced Studies

Location

IAS Common Ground
Ground floor, South Wing, UCL
London
WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

Sylvia Townsend Warner wrote her first successful novel Lolly Willowes in 1926. She was greatly influenced by T. F. Powys, and whose work she in turn encouraged. It was at Powys' home, in 1930, that she first met Valentine Ackland, a young poet; the two women fell in love and settled in Dorset. They lived together until Ackland's death in 1969, and are buried together at St Nicholas, Chaldon Herring, Dorset. 

There will be a drinks reception following the lecture. 

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About the Speaker

Peter Swaab

Professor at UCL English Department

His main area of research is the literature and especially the poetry of the Romantic period, in particular the poetry of Wordsworth. He has also published on Shakespeare and film studies, and in recent years has been researching in the field of gay and lesbian studies.

More about Peter Swaab