U to Z

The University of London Extra-Mural Literary Association (ULEMLA)
All literature enthusiasts – with/without formal qualifications – are welcome to join the ULEMLA and/or to attend meetings. Annual membership is £15 for 6 talks on Saturday afternoons at Birkbeck College, London, as well as a discount on the price of a literary trip each May. Non-members are £4 per talk. More information at www.ulemla.org.uk or contact lindsay@lindsaycmartin.co.uk.

The Walmsley Society
Leo Walmsley (1892-1966) best known for his Bramblewick books, immortalisng the local fishing community and Robin Hood’s Bay. The Society produces regular newsletters and two journals annually. They also hold meetings. Find out more about the Society by visiting www.walmsleysoc.org.

The Mary Webb Society
Mary Webb (1881-1927), Shropshire poet and novelist. Works include Gone to Earth from which a film was later made, and Precious Bane, later dramatised by the BBC. The Society was established in 1972. Its aims are to honour the memory of Mary Webb, to further the reading and appreciation of her works and to foster appreciation of the Mary Webb countryside. The Society plans a programme of four events a year. These include a birthday lunch and summer school which provides lectures, tours and entertainment. Events are held at various Shropshire locations. For more information visit the Society’s website at www.marywebbsociety.co.uk.

The H G Wells Society
Herbert George Wells (1866-1946), writer. Works include The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, The First Men in the Moon, The Island of Dr Moreau. Founded in 1960, the Society has an international membership and aims to promote a widespread interest in the life, work and thought of Wells. It publishes an annual journal, The Wellsian, and issues a biannual newsletter. There is also a weekend conference each year. To find out more visit hgwellssociety.com.

The Friends of the Westerman Yarns
Percy F. Westerman and his son John F. C. Westerman were writers of children’s adventure books for five decades. Percy wrote 174 books: his first A Lad of Grit (1908) and his last Mistaken Identity (1959). John wrote 30 books: his first The Antartic Treasure (1929) and his last Twelve Months to Win (1953). During the 1930s, Percy F. Westerman was voted Britain’s most popular children’s author in a poll organised by a national newspaper and conducted through public libraries. The Westerman Yarns and Friends of The Westerman Yarns are a communication point for anyone with an interest in the life and works of the children’s adventure writers Percy F. Westerman and his son John F. C. Westerman. Membership of ‘Friends of the Westerman Yarns’ is free and you will get two .pdf newsletters each year and priority notification and booking for Westerman Yarns events. Please telephone for details of postal paper copies of the newsletter. Contact (Tel.) 023 92 37 55 94; (email) westermanyarns@gmail.com; (weblog) www.westermanyarns.blogspot.co.uk.

The Oscar Wilde Society
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) is appreciated around the world as the writer of some of the wittiest plays in the English language. In addition, he wrote engaging children’s stories, a novel which has given us one of the most enduring archetypes in Dorian Gray, and powerful writings inspired by his time in prison. His life was as varied and colourful as his writings. The Oscar Wilde Society, founded in 1990, is a literary society devoted to the congenial appreciation of Oscar Wilde. It organises lectures, readings and discussions about Wilde and his works, and visits to places associated with him. The Society’s Journal of Oscar Wilde Studies, The Wildean, is published twice a year and Intentions, the Society’s newsletter, is published six times a year. For more information visit www.oscarwildesociety.co.uk.

The Friends of Alfred Williams
Alfred Williams (1877-1930), poet, author, historian, linguist, naturalist, folk song collector, philosopher and scholar. For more detail visit the website at www.alfredwilliams.org.uk.

The Henry Williamson Society
Henry Williamson (1895 – 1977), naturalist, soldier, journalist, farmer, motor enthusiast, and author of over fifty books, his descriptions of nature and the First World War have been highly praised for their accuracy. To learn more, visit their website at www.henrywilliamson.co.uk.

The P G Wodehouse Society
Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (1881-1975), writer of over 70 humorous novels and 200 short stories. Also wrote lyrics for musical comedies, working with such composers as Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, Ivor Novello, and Cole Porter. The Society exists to promote enjoyment of the work of the greatest humorous writer of the 20th c. the programme of events includes regular social evenings, cricket matches, dinners and talks. There is a quarterly journal Wooster Sauce. To find out more visit www.pgwodehousesociety.org.uk.

The Parson Woodforde Society
James Woodforde, clergyman, best known as the author of The Diary of a Country Parson. Founded in 1968, the Society aims to extend and develop knowledge of his life and the society in which he lives, and to provide an opportunity for fellow enthusiasts to meet together. For more information visit www.parsonwoodforde.org.uk.

The Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain
Virginia Adeline Woolf (1882-1941), novelist and essayist. Works include Mrs Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, Orlando, A Room of One’s Own. Formed in 1998, the Society aims to raise the profile of Woolf and promote the reading and discussion of her works. To find out more visit www.virginiawoolfsociety.co.uk.

The Charlotte M Yonge Fellowship
Charlotte M Yonge (1823-1901), writer, best known for The Heir of Redclyffe. The Fellowship produces The Review year, holds meetings and has a loan collection of books and photocopies. To find out more visit www.cmyf.org.uk.

The Francis Brett Young Society
Francis Brett Young (1884-1954), regional novelist of Birmingham, the Black Country and its green borderlands. also wrote poetry, short stories, drama, non-fiction and music. The Society exists to dvance the education of the pubic on all matters relating to Francis Brett Young – through publications (twice yearly journal; occasinal books and papers), meetings, outings, exhibitions and readings. For more information visit www.fbysociety.co.uk or email michael.hall10@gmail.com.

The Yevgeny Zamyatin Society
This is a new society, looking for members. Yevgeny Ivanovich Zamyatin (1884 – 1937) was a Russian writer of science fiction and political satire, most famous for his novel We, set in a dystopian future police state. Founded in part to help the ALS keep our ‘A-Z’ tag line, the Society is for those interested in all utopian and dystopian fiction. Also known as the Dystopia Society, you can join online at www.zamyatin.weebly.com.