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Anthony Powell Society
is registered charity 1096873

Contact us at:
Tel: +44 (0)20 8864 4095
Registered Office:
76 Ennismore Avenue

Society Aims

The Anthony Powell Society is a charitable literary society devoted to the author Anthony Powell, 1905-2000. The Society is governed by its Constitution which states that the charitable aim is to advance for the public benefit, education and interest in the life and works of the English author Anthony Dymoke Powell. Founded in June 2000, the Society was awarded charitable status in April 2003.

Society Background

The Anthony Powell Society, founded by a group of scholars and enthusiasts, emerged from the Anthony Powell Resources website (ie. this site; begun in 1994 by Dr Keith Marshall) and its associated email discussion list following the interest in Powell stimulated by the dramatisation of A Dance to the Music of Time on UK Channel 4 TV in autumn 1997 and following Powell's death at the age of 94.

The Society's first major project was a Conference in April 2001 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of A Question of Upbringing, volume one of Dance. This has been followed by a series of biennial conferences, including the Powell Centenary Conference in London in December 2005.

In addition to the conferences the Society organises events for members, publishes a quarterly Newsletter, the academic journal Secret Harmonies, conference proceedings and Powell-related monographs; it also maintains the this website and an email discussion list. The Society has members worldwide and a number of local groups.

Through the e-mail discussion list members have provided assistance with the translation of the initial volumes of Dance into Dutch. The Society is regularly asked for advice by researchers and media organisations around the world. The Society – which is actively supported by the Powell family – was granted charitable status in April 2003 and is a Member of the Alliance of Literary Societies.

7 Ormonde Gate

7 Ormonde Gate, Chelsea
where The Anthony Powell Society was formed
at 7.30PM on Thursday 01 June 2000.

Patron: John MA Powell
President: The Earl of Gowrie, PC FRSL

Vice Presidents:
Julian Allason
Patric Dickinson, LVO
Michael Meredith
Dr Jeremy Warren, FSA

Past Presidents:
Hugh Massingberd
Simon Russell Beale, CBE

Past Vice-Presidents:
Hugh Massingberd
John S Monagan

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