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                             Forthcoming Events

    The Writings of Walter de la Mare in the 21st Century

                                          Richard Hawking

                          Thursday 19th November 2015 at 6.00 for 6.30
                       The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London, WC1

         Richard Hawking will be discussing the contemporary relevance of de la Mare's writings
           in our age of evolving media focusing on archiving, research, and dissemination.

          He is an English Teacher at the Royal Grammar School in Worcester, and has
         written a thesis on the Poetry of Walter de la Mare - he is also our Website guru.

                              Drinks and Refreshments will be provided.


                             A Concert of musical settings of poems by Walter de la Mare

                         Silk Street Music Hall, Silk Street, Barbican, London, EC2Y 8DT

                                                  Friday, 9th October, 2015 at 7.00 p.m.

                                                                Admission Free

   Following the highly successful Concert at Ludlow recently, Iain Burnside leads postgraduate singers
    and pianists from the Guildhall
School of Music in a specially devised programme of English Song.

                                           THE LUDLOW CONCERT

                                  Friday, 12th June - Radio 3, at 1.00 pm

The Lunchtime Concert will broadcast a selection recorded from the English Son Weekend - the 
Ludlow Concert - with music by Armstrong Gibbs and Howells - and of course words by Walter de la Mare


                         'His Name Was Dream' 

               The World of Walter de la Mare

                            Ludlow Assembly Rooms, Sunday 31st May 2015 

The closing concert of the Ludlow English Song Weekend is a celebration of one of Britain’s literary greats drawn from the 1,000 songs written to his words. The colourful miscellany includes songs by Howells, Gurney, Berkeley, Finzi, Richard Rodney Bennett.

                                                   Anna Huntley (mezzo)
                                                               John Mark Ainsley (tenor)
                                                                Marcus Farnsworth (baritone)
                                                                  Iain Burnside (piano) 


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"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