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 Walter de la Mare Society Website


                       New Publication


"This superb edition of Told Again brings a neglected work to twenty-first-century readers and is a great addition to the Oddly Modern Fairy Tales series. As Pullman’s introduction shows, the collection sheds light on a poet’s view of the wonder tale and its near relatives."--Pauline Greenhill, University of Winnipeg

"This eclectic collection of nineteen folk and fairy tales is without a doubt historically significant, and de la Mare seasons these concise and briskly paced retellings with a subtle, poetic musicality."--Mick Gowar, Anglia Ruskin University

Recent Events

Walter de la Mare's Language of Music and Mystery

Lecture by Christopher O' Shaughnessy in the house 
where the poet lived from 1945 to 1956  October 2014

Unveiling of the Plaque to Walter de la Mare 
Hill House, Taplow May 2014

Former Hill House resident Gavin Gordan (left) with Giles de la Mare 

Recent Society Events, News and Publications

The Limits of Materialism
John Gray 
John Gray draws on a story by Walter de la Mare to argue that the prevailing creed of scientific materialism is a "simple minded philosophy", preferring de la Mare's unsettling portrayal of everyday existence as insubstantial and unknowable."Even if there are such things as laws of nature, there's no reason to think they must be accessible to the human mind." 

Listen: BBC Podcast
Read: BBC News Magazine 

The Power of the Imagination: 
An Introduction to the Writing of Walter de la Mare

Richard Hawking 28th November 2013

A Talk on "The Listeners" 
by Giles de la Mare,
Followed by a Poetry Recital of Walter de la Mare 
Poems Written During this Period 




Sale of two lots of interest to members (10th April 2013) 
       119 - Portrait of de la Mare by Mark Gerson (Vintage photograph).Commissioned by Faber and Faber 1953.   
       120 -Three autographed manuscripts: An EpitaphThe WillowThe Spirit of Air

Contact: Simon Roberts (simonroberts@bonhams.com)

Beginnings and Endings - 
Walter de la Mare's Career as a Writer 
Joe Griffiths November 2012 

'Songs to Walter de la Mare'
Composed by Sjef Frenken
This recently released CD comprises settings of 40 poems by de la Mare, sung by the composer, backed by members of the Aomezeyck Ensemble. 

London English Song Festival 

Programme of 30 Walter de la Mare Songs for Children
May 2013

Exploring the World of Walter de la Mare's The Listeners 
Giles de la Mare
Swiss Cottage Library May 2012