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Leo Walmsley
Maurice Walsh
Sylvia Townsend Warner War Poets Association
Mary Webb
H. G. Wells
Gilbert White
Oscar Wilde
Charles Williams
Henry Williamson
P. G. Wodehouse
Parson Woodforde
Virginia Woolf
William Wordsworth

[Leo Walmsley] The Walmsley Society
The Walmsley Society
Leo Walmsley
Leo Walmsley, A Bibliography has been published. Fred Lane has completed the task initiated by Peter Woods of recording all the writings of Leo Walmsley. A 70+ page guide to all Leo's published works. It costs £6.00.
Three Fevers has been reprinted. This is available for £11.99. (A great book. One of my favourites. R.C.)
The Leo Walmsley biography Shells and Bright Stones was published on 31 May 2001. Hardback, £18, paperback £13. 244 pp with 27 b & w photographs and 4 maps. All books available from Jane Ellis, 55, Red Hall Drive, Leeds, LS14 1 EJ. - or email janerway@yahoo.co.uk. Cheques should be made out to the Society. Prices include postage and packing.
Membership application
The Friends of Maurice Walsh - Memorial Group
Sadly this Group is having to close, due to ill health and lack of sponsorship.
Maurice Walsh
Contact: Betty Hartnett, Listowel Road, Ballybunion,Eire
Sylvia The Sylvia Townsend Warner Society
The Society's website

War Poets Association
War Poets Association webpage
Contact: The Secretary, e-mail address: secretary@warpoets.org
[Mary Webb] The Mary Webb Society
About four events a year are held in the Shropshire locations which relate to her life and works.
Membership Application Form
The Mary Webb Society's webpage
Mary Webb Page
H.G.WellsThe H. G. Wells Society
Two new books
Membership Application Form
H.G. Wells Society page
The U.K. Society page
H.G. Wells, "The Time Machine"
Contact: Mark Egerton, Secretary, secretaryhgwellssociety@hotmail.com

[Gilbert White] HEIGHT= Gilbert White (1720-1793)
Born in Selborne. A clergyman and a naturalist. Went to college at Oriel, Oxford. Spent 1752 in Oxford as a proctor and then returned to Selborne. [Oscar Wilde]The Oscar Wilde Society
New Production - new play! Oscar Wilde - a musical celebration to celebrate the 150th anniversary of his birth.
The Society issues two regular publications to its members: a valuable print journal, The Wildean, and a Newsletter, Intentions, the costs of which are covered solely by membership subscriptions.
The Oscar Wilde Society's web page which contains a membership application form
[Charles Williams]The Charles Williams Society
The Charles Williams Society has a new President - Rowan Williams, poet, theologian and currently Archbishop of Canterbury.
Charles Williams Society Membership Form
The Society's webpage
[Henry Williamson logo]The Henry Williamson Society
The Society was founded in Barnstaple in May 1980. The Society archive is housed at Exeter University. Local meetings are held, e.g. November in Redhill. Study Days are held in February in London.
Membership Application Form
Henry Williamson Society's Page
Henry Williamson's Devon
Tarka the Otter
[P.G.Wodehouse]The P.G. Wodehouse Society

P G Wodehouse Society page
A fascinating project. Augustine Mulliner , a Benedictine monk, is slowly building an inventory of the biblical quotations and allusions in the works of P G Wodehouse. .  
The Russian Wodehouse Society
The P G Wodehouse Appreciation Page
The P G Wodehouse Society (UK) is allied to Wodehouse Societies in the USA, India, the Netherlands, Sweden and Belgium.
Parson Woodforde The Parson Woodforde Society
Volume 14 (1794-1795) of 'The Diary of James Woodforde', edited by Peter Jameson, was published early in 2004.
The Parson Woodforde Society information

[Virginia Woolf]The Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain
This is a new society which aims to present Virginia Woolf in her true light as a great novelist, essayist, publisher and woman of letters by stimulating research into her life and works; providing opportunities for members to meet, correspond and share their enjoyment of her work; and acting as a focal point for British scholars and enthusiasts alike.
The monument to Virginia Woolf was unveiled on Saturday, 26th June 2004 at the SW corner of Tavistock Square Gardens. The memorial consists of a bronze copy of the bust of Woolf sculpted by Stephen Tomlin in 1931, on a five-foot-high plinth of Portland stone designed by Stephen Barkway.Although Virginia Woolf was painted several times by her sister Vanessa Bell and others, Tomlin's is the only three-dimensional image of Woolf taken from the life. Tavistock Square was chosen for the memorial's location because Virginia and Leonard Woolf lived at no. 52 (destroyed during the Second World War) from 1924 to 1939. During this period Woolf wrote some of her most famous works, including Mrs Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, Orlando and The Waves.

Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain's Home Page The Virginia Woolf Society Reading Group meets every six weeks or so, on a Saturday afternoon at Jacques Cafe in the Tavistock Hotel in Blooomsbury. If you are interested please contact Sarah Hall at 020 8697 5194

Contact: Ruth Webb E-mail: ruthwebb@talk21.com or ruthwebb.t21@btinernet.com
William WordsworthThe Wordsworth Trust
Welcome to the Wordsworth Trust!
Winter Events at the Wordsworth Trust

Our autumn and winter events programme focuses on the lives of women 200 years ago, and follows on from our recent 'Telling our own Story' exhibition. This exhibition explored the lives of women linked to the Lake Poets, through their letters and diaries and provided fascinating insights into their roles and relationships as well as personal and community fulfilment.
Visitors' response to the exhibition demonstrated the huge interest in the personal and domestic lives of women in Wordsworth's time. The programme has been inspired by this response: we will be trying our hand at: knitting, sewing, journal making and book covering. All of these activities are represented in our collection: either as artefacts or described in letters and journals. Original artefacts will be on display.
The women of the Wordsworth circle were part of a wider Cumbrian community in which they were involved, and whose activities they recorded for themselves; and, as it has transpired, for us 200 years later. The events in this programme reflect, not just this past community, but present and hopefully future interests and relationships.
All events are free (donations welcome to cover the costs of materials) and open to all, and take place in Townend, Grasmere, unless otherwise stated. Space is limited so please ring Lucy (015394) 35544 to reserve your place. Please note we reserve the right to alter the programme.

Hand in Glove
An exhibition on the history of glove knitting in North West England, with comparisons with patterns in modern Lithuania. The museum collection includes several examples of early gloves and knitting sheathes; Wordsworth's sister-in-law, Sarah Hutchinson, recorded the tale of 'The Terrible Knitters of Dent'. 19th October - 31st December, Jerwood Centre Lower Rotunda

British Library archive funded by the Lottery. Enjoy!
Contact: Will Carr, Arts Officer, The Wordsworth Trust, Dove Cottage, Grasmere 015394 35544
The Wordsworth Web Site
Contact: Mark McTigue, The Wordsworth Trust, Dove Cottage, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SH