The Journal of the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society

An open access journal by UCL Press publishing original research papers and scholarly articles on this brilliant, original and witty writer.


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The Journal of the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society

Edited by Peter Swaab


About the journal

The Journal of the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society is a peer-reviewed, open access journal aiming to create a wider interest in this brilliant, original and witty writer. It features scholarly articles, previously unpublished archival works by Warner, and pieces by well-known contemporary writers describing their appreciation of Warner.

Although there has been a revival of Sylvia Townsend Warner's work in recent years, she remains an under-appreciated figure. Warner (1893-1978) was a highly individual writer of novels, short stories and poems, and a contemporary of writers such as Virginia Woolf and Djuna Barnes. Her first novel Lolly Willowes (1926) established her as a new literary talent and was shortlisted for the Prix Femina. She contributed short stories to the New Yorker for more than forty years, and went on to write six more novels ranging far and wide in time and place, dazzlingly full of what she called “the oddness of the world and the surprisingness of mankind”. Her reputation was re-established in the 1970s, when her work was published by the newly launched Virago Modern Classics imprint.

From 2018 The Journal of the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society will be published twice a year, online in open access form, providing access to a much wider readership.


About the Editor

Peter Swaab is editor of the Journal of the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society and Professor of English at UCL. Prior to joining UCL in 1990, he was Research Fellow at Queens’ College, and Director of Studies in English at Corpus Christi College. 


Society information

The Sylvia Townsend Warner Society launched in January 2000 in Dorchester, UK, by a group of Sylvia Townsend Warner enthusiasts who assembled for an inaugural meeting at the County Museum. The main aim of the Society is to promote a wide readership, (and a better understanding), of the writings of Sylvia Townsend Warner. Read more at



Journal Editorial Board


Prof Peter Swaab, UCL, UK


Editorial board members

Dame Gillian Beer, University of Cambridge, UK
Glen Cavaliero, University of Cambridge, UK
Maud Ellmann, University of Chicago, USA
Claire Harman, Durham University, UK
Ingrid Hotz-Davies, University of Tübingen, Germany
Laura Marcus, University of Oxford, UK
Janet Montefiore, University of Kent, UK
Helen Sutherland, University of Glasgow, UK
Peter Tolhurst, Black Dog Books, UK




Please see the journal homepage for further information on submission to the journal.

All submissions should be sent to the Editor. Please email your full manuscript, author CV, as well as a 300 word abstract to the Editor at p.swaab[at]

UCL Press journals do not at this time currently charge an Article-Processing Charge (APC). Authors of accepted papers will not be requested or required to make an APC payment before publication of their article.


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