Forthcoming Events


                                            Andrew Doyle

            "Sharing the Inkpot: The Literary Friendship  
        between Walter de la Mare and Forrest Reid"

                                           Thursday 10th November 2016, 6.30pm

                                   This Autumn Event will take place at a new venue:
                            The Enitharmon Gallery, 10 Bury Place, London WC1A 2JL,
                          on the corner of Great Russell Street, opposite the British Museum.
                          The nearest Undergrounds remain Russell Square and Holborn.

                           Tickets are £10.00 -- Drinks and Refreshments will be provided.

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

                                                             Richard Hawking

                                         Thursday 19th November 2015 at 6 for 6.30
                             The Arts Workers Guild, 6 Queens 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.

                          £7.50 per person - 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, B erkeley, Finzi, Richard Rodney Bennett.

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


                         Buy online or contact the Box Office on 01584 878141 


                        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 News, Events and Publications

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   Nov 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 

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 

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. (Arts Workers Guild, November 2013) 

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.
(Royal Grammar School Worcester Literary Society, 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 


Beginnings and Endings -
Walter de la Mare's Career as a Writer
Joe Griffiths
The Arts Workers Guild, November 2012


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 (

'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.

Recent BBC Radio Event
BBC Radio 7 recently aired a selection of short stories by Walter de la Mare, read by a variety of actors. The first - All Hallows - was beautifully read by Richard E Grant on Christmas Eve. The others were: Seaton’s Aunt, Crewe, A Recluse, The Almond Tree

‘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)

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

London English Song Festival 
Programme of 30 Walter de la Mare Songs for Children

May 2012                                          

Dr. Glen Cavaliero
Lecturer in English, St.Catharine's College, Cambridge
The Art Workers Guild,November 2011

'Connections and Diversions' -
A Sideways Look at Walter de la Mare

Written and Performed by Anne Harvey, The Art Workers Guild,October 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