Sylvia Townsend Warner: Writer, Feminist and Activist in Dorset
Speaker – Dr. Jane Crozier
Sylvia Townsend Warner lived most of her adult life with her partner, the poet, Valentine Ackland – first at Chaldon Herring, near the Dorset coast, then in Maiden Newton, where she combined a rural existence with an unorthodox public presence.
This talk will focus on the significance of Dorset in Warner’s writings, especially the short stories and poetry, and on her activities, including crusades against injustice, war work in Dorchester and lecturing in Weymouth. Her creative relationships with local writers and artists, most importantly the Powys brothers and sisters, is an important part of her Dorset story.