Posts Tagged Sylvia Townsend Warner

TRIBUTE TO THE MATCHBOX

TRIBUTE TO THE MATCHBOX

I must begin with the most charming letter imaginable; written by the British author Sylvia Townsend Warner to her dear friend Alyse Gregory, in response to the gift of a sweet, wooden match box.     THE  AUSSIE MATCHBOX The familiar Redheads matches were first made in Australia

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SYLVIA AND VALENTINE; A LOVE STORY

SYLVIA AND VALENTINE; A LOVE STORY

I have read many love stories over the years, both true and fictional.  However, none have affected me so powerfully as that of  an English couple;  the writer Sylvia Townsend Warner and the  poet Valentine Ackland. Originally I came upon their story in  a library  copy of

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DEAR DAMNED DIARY

DEAR DAMNED DIARY

  It is such a privilege to have access to someone’s diaries. I  find myself handling  them with something akin to reverence. Recently I  have been in Sydney’s Mitchell Library  reading those  of  English writer Sylvia Townsend Warner.  Sylvia began them in 1927,  the year after she

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TINY GIFTS, RECEIVED WITH GRACE.

TINY GIFTS, RECEIVED WITH GRACE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH…….. Sometimes the tiniest, least expensive gifts  provide  the greatest pleasure.  And when recipients acknowledge their  delight in the manner of the examples below it is a gift to us all.       In 1989 The children’s author Roald Dahl received a small

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