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Listen to a play about Edith Sitwell in Scarborough 
which was a Radio 4 broadcast on the 17th of March 2020: 

In this 1959 interview Dame Edith Sitwell, was John Freeman's guest.  At 71, Dame Edith was true to form, answering his questions in a way only she could. And she dressed for the occasion - in a headdress she called her 'bird king's hat', an ermine jacket and huge rings on her fingers.

A date for your diary: 

2nd March 2020                "Edith Sitwell & the 1920s dance & theatre world" a lecture by Tim Tubbs

The Scarborough Archaeological and Historical Society lecture meetings are held on Monday evenings at 7:30pm in the Concert Room, Central Library, Vernon Road, Scarborough YO11 2NN. There is a small entrance fee of £3 to non-members.

                                                                                                      The new Duck House looks great and the geese appear to have adopted it!
The duck house in Valley Gardens has had a large hole in the roof                                             Installed in 2017    
for some years but finally it is being replaced.This is the original
"Rustic Thatched Hut" referred to in "Laughter in the Next Room" by Osbert Sitwell

Tuesday 9th December 2014 from 2.30pm to 4pm.
This is the date of the 50th anniversary of Edith Sitwell's death. Her great-niece Alexandra has provided Woodend with copies of documents which have details of Woodend in the 19th century. These documents contain fascinating information and they will be on display in the Sitwell Library on the 9th.
                                     Light refreshments available. Everyone welcome.

On the 1st of November 2014 at Scarborough Library, Chris Beevers presented the life of Edith, illustrating key milestones in her personal and professional life. It was good to see such a large audience as that indicated that there is plenty of interest in the Sitwells locally. 
Kate Evans did a marvellous job in masterminding the Edith Sitwell Festival. 

The Guides from Renishaw Hall on a visit to Woodend with Andrew Clay as their guide on July 15 2014
Alexandra Sitwell and Christine Beevers visited Woodend on the 3rd of December 2013
Pictured with Andrew Clay the Director of Woodend and Kate Evans
"Letter from Renishaw" July 2013
Christine Beevers the archivist at Renishaw has provided us with information about her activities
Wednesday 21st November 2012 at Woodend
Tim Tubbs gave a talk on ‘Dame Edith and Façade’ which included a DVD of the ballet based on Façade by Frederick Ashton and poems by Edith performed by Tim Tubbs.


Book Event.
On Saturday 17th November and  Saturday 22nd September 2012 Karen Snowden offered an experimental occasion in the form of coffee and exploration of Sitwell literary output, as a “hands on” attempt to make contact with the many facets of the “Trio”
This will now be a bi-monthly event so watch out for the next date.
The AGM of the Sitwell Society was held on Tuesday the 19th of June at 7pm at Woodend.

Followed at 7.30 by KATE EVANS who read the parts of Edith’s poetry which inspired her to write, and explain why she thinks Edith is still relevant and inspirational to today’s poets.


‘Words in My Head’

an art installation inspired by the life and words of Dame Edith Sitwell

At the meeting on April 11th, The Sitwell Walk was followed by refreshments and readings in the Woodend Sitwell Library. The Library was full and the readings excellent.

 September 29th 2011 at Woodend
The screening of an interview with Edith Sitwell and a Sitwell quiz

Ischia - Island  Home of Sir William and Lady Walton, link to Monty Don

In the programme “Monty Don’s Italian Gardens” the broadcast on 29th April 2011 featured the garden called “La Mortella” on the Island of Ischia in the Bay of Naples, and part of the Amalfi marine interest. That garden was created by Lady Susana Walton, the wife of Sir William. The latter composer wrote the music for Edith Sitwell’s “Façade”. Not alluded to on the programme, but in the garden, is a stone or tablet which records the Sitwell name. Sir William died in 1983 (born 1902) and and his widow passed away in 2010 aged 83. La Mortella was chosen as a reference to the myrtle.

Past Events:

On the 21st of June 2011. Lady Louisa Sitwell in conversation with Dr. Dale (Rosie Larner & Felix Hodcroft) (Click here to read the script)

On the 6th of October 2010 a screening of the film "A Place of One's Own" based on novel by Osbert Sitwell.

On June 23rd 2010 a talk by James Bantoft entitled "SCARBOROUGH  and the SITWELLS" A fascinating account of Scarborough's most famous literary family and their life in the town.
On Wednesday 7th April 2010 at The Library there was a meeting
entitled    'At Home with the Family'.
Readings selected by James Bantoft which  introduced the writing of Osbert Sitwell with Felix Hodcroft and Ms Rosie Larner from Scarborough Poetry Workshop.