Welcome to the Official
Walter de la Mare Society Website
The Writings of Walter de la Mare in the 21st Century
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.
HIS NAME WAS DREAM: THE WORLD OF WALTER DE LA MARE
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.
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
'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.
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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
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 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."
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
119 - Portrait of de la Mare by Mark Gerson (Vintage photograph).Commissioned by Faber and Faber 1953.
120 -Three autographed manuscripts: An Epitaph, The Willow, The Spirit of Air
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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.