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Upcoming Event

Speak Up presents talk: 'Did Seaton’s Aunt kill him?'

Help puzzle out Walter de la Mare’s mystery story Seaton’s Aunt. 
(Bring your copy of the story)

Swiss Cottage Central Library, 
88 Avenue Road, 
London NW3 3HA.
0207 974 4001
Tuesday 3 December 2013 at 6 pm 
Disabled access, free admission

Latest News

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 

Recent Society Events

Walter de la Mare's Language of Music and Mystery
Lecture by Christopher O' Shaughnessy 

Christopher O'Shaughnessy is a playwright and a reviewer of theatre for "Onestopstarts" and of academic books for Royal Holloway's "Platform" magazine, in which his verse drama "The Strokes" was published.  He is also involved directly in theatrical productions, as dramaturg, researcher and performer for Encompass Productions, including the recent Portobello FilmFestival. He is a doctoral student in theatre and performance at Goldsmiths College. In addition, he is active as a member of the Penge Partners Committee in South London, and on its behalf he helped organise and took part in the two Walter de la Mareevents in Penge - one of them a "Walter de la Mare walk" - in the area where the poet had lived in no less than four houses - in the early summer of of 2013.
 Tuesday 26th November 2013, 6 for 6.30pm, The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AT  

Drinks and refreshments will be provided. Please let us know by November 10th if you wish to come

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

Richard Hawking

Richard Hawking is the founder and editor of The Walter de la Mare Society Website.
Thursday 28th November 2013 4pm, RGS Literary Society, Royal Grammar School Worcester 

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 

The evening will be half talk/half poetry recital. Giles's talk will be a shortened version of 
his original talk. We hope to raise
 the profile of de la Mare and highlight the importance 
of his time in
 the Penge area. This is the fourth time we have held such an event. It is 
held at the Holy Trinity centre in Lennard Road, Penge, on Friday 31st May at 7.30pm.
The walk will be on Saturday June 1st, meeting outside the Moon and Stars pub on Penge 
High Street at 10.00am. We walk a route taking in the houses where Walter de la Mare 
lived between 1899 and 1925.

 events are free but donations are gladly received towards the Penge Festival.


Older Society Events, News and Publications

Beginnings and Endings - 
Walter de la Mare's Career as a Writer 
Joe Griffiths
November 2012 
The Artworkers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT 


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)

'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. 
Exploring the World of Walter de la Mare's The Listeners 
Giles de la Mare
15th May 2012, Tuesday, at 6 pm. Admission free.
Swiss Cottage Library, 88 Avenue Road, London NW3 3HA 

London English Song Festival 
Programme of 30 Walter de la Mare Songs for Children
6th May 2013, 7.30pm  The Forge, 3-7 Delancey Street, Camden London NW1 7NL 

‘The Ghostly Concept of Childhood in the Fiction of Walter de la Mare’, in The Lion and the Unicorn 34.3 (September, 2010)
‘Ghostly Relations: The Aunt-type in the Fiction of Walter de la Mare’, in English 59.226 (Autumn, 2010)

Walter de la Mare Blog Forum

Please take a little time to check out the new
Society Blog Forum which offers all those interested in the life and work of de la Mare to correspond, discuss questions and share ideas