Sylvia Townsend Warner and the Possibilities of Freedom
10 October 2019, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
We are delighted to host The Sylvia Townsend Warner Society Lecture 2019 delivered by Professor Peter Swaab (UCL English)
This event is free.
Institute of Advanced Studies
IAS Common GroundGround floor, South Wing, UCLLondonWC1E 6BTUnited 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.
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About the Speaker
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