Sylvia Townsend Warner: Writer, Feminist, Musicologist and Political Activist


Political History

Day course

Jane Crozier

22 March 2022


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This course will look at Warner’s life, loves and affiliations. She was a writer of great imaginative scope and variety, encompassing fiction, poetry, journalism, biography and an excellent, still very readable, guidebook to Somerset (1946).

We shall pay particular attention to some of her poems and to the novel, Lolly Willowes, which established her name in 1926 as an original, witty and sometimes subversive writer. She lived most of her adult life with her partner, Valentine Ackland, near the Dorset coast where she combined a rural existence with an unorthodox public presence.

Tutor information

Dr. Jane Crozier holds several degrees in English and American Literature. She spent much of her career teaching adults in Further Education, also working as a visiting Tutor at the Institute of Education and as a Research Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London. When she moved to Somerset twelve years ago, she had the time to create courses for adults that follow her particular interests, most especially the poetry of place, the literature of landscape and pioneer women writers.

Covid information

Dillington House wishes to reassure everyone that we are working closely with Somerset County Council to ensure every measure is being taken to make Dillington House a safe place for everyone.

All course participants will be sent further guidance prior to the course date.

Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.