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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 Hugh Walpole Society

Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole (1884 – 1941) was an English novelist. Between 1909 and 1941 he wrote 36 novels, 5 volumes of short stories, 2 original plays and 3 volumes of memoirs. His range included disturbing studies of the macabre, children’s stories and historical fiction, most notably his Herries Chronicle series set in the Lake District. The first Walpole conference will be held in Keswick on 3 October 2020 – look on our events calendar for detail. For more information on the Society visit their website, or contact egerton.mark@gmail.com

The Sylvia Townsend Warner Society
Sylvia Townsend Warner was known for her verse, novels, short stories and biography of the novelist T H White. In the 1970s she became known as a significant writer of feminist or lesbian sentiment. The Society was launched in 2000 and its main aim is to promote a wide readership for and a better understanding of her writings. For more information visit their website at www.townsendwarner.com.

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 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 Mary Wollstonecraft Fellowship

Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), author of A Vindication of the Rights of Women (1792) is hailed internationally as a founder of modern feminism. In her short but eventful life she worked as a journalist and translator in London, observed the revolution in France and toured Scandinavia, leaving a diverse body of writings ranging from education and politics to philosophy, history, travelogue and fiction. She was at the centre of radical Romanticism, her friends including Thomas Paine, Mary Hays, Helen Maria Williams and William Godwin, who became her husband. Her second daughter, Mary, authored Frankenstein and married Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Membership of the Fellowship is open to everyone with an interest in this visionary thinker, her circle and her legacy. Scholars, enthusiasts, students and activists are all welcome. It aims to encourage new research and the exchange of ideas by producing a regular newsletter and organising events, including an annual conference on the anniversary of her birth. For more information, visit https://wollstonecraftfellowship.home.blog/.

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
Adeline Virginia 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 http://www.virginiawoolfsociety.org.uk

The Charlotte M Yonge Fellowship
Charlotte M Yonge (1823-1901), novelist and journalist, best known for The Heir of Redclyffe. The Fellowship produces the CMYF Review twice yearly and a journal every other year, holds meetings and has a loan collection of books. 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.

Zola Readers

Zola Readers is an online group which is dedicated to reading and discussing the works of Emile Zola. The group has an ongoing programme to read the novels together. Members take part in virtual meetings through Facebook, to exchange ideas on the current novel. Membership of the group is truly global, with members in Australia, Macau, North America, the UK and, of course, France. Membership of the group is free.