Alphabetical index of Titles appearing in Journals and Newsletters, with short abstracts.


Titles in green link to a PDF file of the full text, which will open in a new window.


Newsletters are indicated by the prefix NL before the issue number.


This Title Index currently finishes at 2011, and is unlikely to be updated further.


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Adrian Bell: Voice of the Countryside

Ann Gander (Holm Oak Publishing, 2001, ISBN 0-9533406-1-9)
Williamson, Anne (Review)
38 (Sep. 2002): 92-3

A biography of the East Anglian author, poet, and compiler of The Times crosswords, Adrian Bell, 1901-80.
Adventure Lit his Star
Robins, Peter K.
28 (Sep. 1993): 34-9
A brief biography of Kenneth Allsop.
Advertisement for The Pathway, 26 May 1929
20 (Sep. 1989): 28-9
An advertisement reproduced from the New York Herald Tribune Books.
An Afternoon in 1968
Cook, Don
9 (Mar. 1984): 37-8
Recollections of a meeting with HW.
Amazing Storm that attended The Pathway in the USA
Macrae, John
20 (Sep. 1989): 34-7
Publicity broadsheets sent out by E.P. Dutton & Co. Inc. (HW's American publishers).

Amazing Wildlife Details of Tunnicliffe's Norfolk Farm Map

Williamson, Richard

40 (Sep. 2004): 51

A description of the detail to be found in C. F. Tunnicliffe's map of Old Hall Farm used as the endpapers in HW's The Story of a Norfolk Farm.
An American’s Pathway to Henry Williamson
Burns, Walker
38 (Sep. 2002): 85-91
Walker Burns relates how he came to read HW books via the unusual route of the music of Anthony Phillips and the illustrations of Peter Cross, describing the effect these three have had on his life. Burns points out that Anthony Phillips was involved with writing Tarka music with Harry Williamson, HW’s son by second marriage.

Ancient Sunlight:The Beginnings of the Henry Williamson Society
Glanfield, John

47 (Sep. 2011): 5-7

Memories of the founding and inaugural meeeting of the HWS, by its first chairman.

And This Was Ypres – 1927 Visit

Williamson, Henry
34 (Sep. 1998): 42-7

A facsimile of a three-part article which first appeared in the Daily Express, with attendant documents.
And This Was Ypres
Gregory, John
27 (Mar. 1993): 44-50
A diary of a Society visit to the Ypres Salient (July, 1992).
The Anna Cash Collection
Bufton, Barry
7 (May 1983): 34
An expression of gratitude for material gifted to the Society by Anna Brook (née Cash) together with a short account by Anna Brook of her friendship with HW.
The Apprenticeship of a Novelist (Part I)
Blench, Dr J. W.
17 (Mar. 1988): 5-19
An exploration of three unpublished manuscripts of HW and how they illustrate his development as a creative writer.
The Apprenticeship of a Novelist (Part II)
Blench, Dr J. W.
18 (Sep. 1988): 39-49
The second part of an examination of HW's development as a writer with reference to three unpublished early manuscripts.
The Apprenticeship of a Novelist (Part III)
Blench, Dr J. W.
19 (Mar. 1989): 31-45
The final part of this examination.
Armistice Day 1928
Williamson, Henry
27 (Mar. 1993): 40-1
An article by HW first published in the Radio Times (1928).
Artistic Connections
Shepherd, Fred
33 (Sep. 1997): 18-24
An examination of the many links, social and professional, which HW maintained with the artistic community.
Artistic Friendships
Goodman, Jean
30 (Sep. 1994): 48-53
A transcript of a talk given to the Society concerning the association of HW with Edward Seago and with Sir Alfred Munnings.
At the Grave of Henry Williamson
Walker, Ronald
8 (Oct. 1983): 38
A poem.

Atlantic Tales, Henry Williamson; edited by John Gregory (HW Society, 2008, ISBN 978-1-873507-26-1)

Sanders, Andrew (Review)

44 (Sep. 2008): 94-5

A review of HW's collected contributions to The Atlantic Monthly over a twenty year period - 'a worthy addition to any Henry Williamson collection . . . an ideal introduction to Henry's writing . . .'

Autumn Meeting and AGM, October 2009

Eccles, William

NL16 (Mar. 2010): 12-16 

A personal account of the meeting.

Autumn Meeting and AGM, October 2009

Lewis, Peter

NL16 (Mar. 2010): 17-18
A personal account both of the AGM and subsequent meeting with George and Mary Heath.

Autumn Meeting and AGM, 26-28 September 2008

Tod, Michael

NL15 (Mar. 2009): 29-30

A personal account of the meeting.
The Aylesford Press
Ashton, David
17 (Mar. 1988); 44-5
The Aylesford Press and its association with HW.
The Aylesford Review
Sewell, Fr Brocard
5 (May 1982): 23-9
A short history of the periodical with special reference to the articles written for it by HW. It includes a checklist of these articles (1957–1967).
A Ballad of Spring
Robins, Peter K.
25 (Mar. 1992): 21-2
A cutting discovered at the back of a secondhand book is followed up.

'Barleybright' or 'The Torcross Venus'

Williamson, Anne

46 (Sep. 2010): 56-70

The story of HW's intense (on his part) relationship with Ann Edmonds in 1933/4, told chiefly though HW's own diary entries. 'ACE' became a much respected pilot, and then glider pilot. She flew in the ATA during the Second World War.
The Battle of Batt’s Meadow
Evans, Tony
NL7 (Mar. 2001): 36-8
Report of storm of protest (including letter from Richard Williamson) surrounding proposed housing development on Batt’s Meadow (Braunton, Devon), a marshy meadow adjacent to River Caen and scene of route taken by Tarka, which otters still frequent; and the resulting ‘compromise’ of a narrow strip to be left along the edge of Caen river as otter passage.

Battlefields Tour, April 2010

Macfarlane, David and Issy

NL17 (Mar. 2011): 9-12


An account of the ninth Society tour of WW1 battlefields, during which members visited Passchendaele and Vimy Ridge.
Battlefields Tour, April 1987
Fullagar, Brian
18 (Sep. 1988): 5-11
An account of the Society's tour of WWI battlefields and military cemeteries.

Battleground Europe: Walking Arras, Paul Reed (Pen and Sword Books, 2007, ISBN: 978-1-84415-619-1)

Waugh, Pam (Review)

44 (Sep. 2008): 95

This latest book by Paul Reed bridges the gap between his Walking the Somme (1997) and Walking the Salient (1999), providing a sequence of walks that stretches along the whole of the British Sector of the Western Front. 'His research is impeccable but, more valuable than that is his vast experience of walking the ground where men lived, fought, and died.'
'Beachcomber' Rediscovered
Homan, John
11 (Apr. 1985): 35-7
Three books which throw light on the Beachcomber–Williamson relationship.
Bedfordshire in the Writings of HWW
Blench, Dr J.W.
17 (Mar. 1988): 29-43
An article based on a talk given to the Society in 1986 in which the importance of Bedfordshire and some of the characters HW met there is assessed in relation to the Chronicle and other works.
The Bells of Georgeham
Harris, Brian
37 (Sep. 2001): 58-61
A factual background to the bells of St George’s church, Georgeham (North Devon, England) which particularly feature in Williamson’s essay ‘Surview and Farewell’ (The Labouring Life, 1932, reissued as Life in a Devon Village, 1945) and including contemporaneous newspaper reports about the tragic death of a child that occurred at a church fete (fair) which Williamson used in his book.
'Best Man': A Tribute to Richard de la Mare
Robins, Peter K.
14 (Sep. 1986): 23-5
An appreciation of HW's best man (groomsman) and publisher.
Between The Flax and The Chronicle
McWilliams, Dennis
13 (Mar. 1986): 10-24
Part of an unpublished thesis (1968) which examines HW's work between 1928 and 1951 with particular emphasis on The Star-born.
A Bibliographical History
Homan, John
16 (Sep. 1987): 7-11
A detailed checklist of all the editions of Tarka the Otter.
Bibliographical Notes: The Brocard Sewell Collection
Clarke, Stephen Francis
3 (May 1981): 23-5
A description of the gift to the Society of Father Brocard Sewell's collection of HW books.
A Bibliography, Introduction from
Girvan, I. Waveney
31 (Sep. 1995): 74-6
A short summary of HW's writing up to 1931.
Biographical Matters
Williamson, Anne
32 (Sep. 1996): 47-56
Details omitted from Henry Williamson: Tarka and the Last Romantic concerning H.A Manhood, John Shapcote, and the relationship between John Galsworthy and HW.
Bird of Mystery
Williamson, Henry
14 (Sep. 1986): 26-8
An article which first appeared in The Yorkshire Evening Post in 1944 relating the story of walks around Old Hall Farm at Stiffkey where a strange bird-call was heard.
The Bond that Must Never be Broken
Reed, Paul
21 (Mar. 1990): 38-47
An examination of the reasons behind HW's admiration for Hitler and the 'new' Germany.

The Braunton Lighthouse

Evans, Tony

NL17 (Mar. 2011): 32-7

A short history of the lighthouse, demolished in 1957, and its appearances in HW's books.
Brian Busby, Letters to
White, Margaret
30 (Sep. 1994): 43-6
An illustrated article concerning letters from HW to his nephew.
Brief Encounter
Mackie, George (& friends)
32 (Sep. 1996): 18-23
An account of the friendship which developed between HW and family and George Mackie, a bomber pilot stationed in Norfolk during the Second World War.
Broncho Bill, The True Story of
Ludlow, W.R.
11 (Apr. 1985): 32-4
An extract from The Ypres Times, Vol. 3, No. 1, January 1926 which describes the exploits of the renegade Australian soldier.

A Busy Year: 1911, Colfe's and HW

Williamson, Anne, compiler

44 (Sep. 2008): 37-43

A selection of photographs and other ephemera, including a reprint of 'Some Feathered Friends' by HW, from Colfensia, No.15, 1911 - at age 15, HW's earliest appearance in print?

Lord Buxton of Alsa, KCVO, MC (1918-2009)

Williamson, Richard

NL16 (Mar. 2010): 34-6

An obituary of the charismatic Aubrey Leyland Oakes Buxton, soldier, conservationist, businessman (he founded Anglia Television), farmer, and a patron of the Society, who hosted several visits by the Society to Old Hall Farm, Stiffkey.
Capital Transfer Tax and the HW MSS
Williamson, Richard
3 (May 1981): 27
Details of the presentation of HW manuscripts to Exeter University.

Carmen Colfanum and Colfe's Sports' Song

Duncan, Leland (words) & Leeds Frederick (music)

44 (Sep. 2008): 44-5

A facsimile of the sheet music for the two school songs.
Carving the Otter
Whitehead, Jack
16 (Sep. 1987): 23
An account of a long association with North Devon culminating in a meeting with HW and the carving of an otter in teak.

Characters in The Gold Falcon and Their Real-Life Contemporaries

Williamson, Anne

45 (Sep. 2009): 25-6

The first edition of The Gold Falcon, published anonymously, contained many sketches of the contemporary literati under pseudonyms, not all of them flattering. This list identifies most of them.
Chasing the Cheriton
Evans, Tony
37 (Sep. 2001): 5-37
Examination of the real background of the Cheriton Otter Hounds (i.e. Hunt) as found in Records of the Cheriton Otter Hounds by William Rogers, used by Henry Williamson as a source for facts and incidents for Tarka the Otter (1927); amply illustrated with photographs of locations described in Tarka which still exist today.

The 'Chichester Cousins'

Williamson, Anne

46 (Sep. 2010): 94-5

A 'Who's Who' of the Devon Chichesters, cousins by marriage to HW.

Children's Hospice South West and Starborn

Wood, Ted

46 (Sep. 2010): 84-6

A touching account of the reasons why, at this hospice, the room in which children lie after death is called 'Starborn', after HW's mystical and surreal novel The Star-born.
Choosing the First Eleven
Shepherd, Fred
10 (Oct. 1984): 42
Musings on the position of HW in the literary league.
A Chronicle Character
Shepherd, Fred
21 (Mar. 1990): 35
The character 'A.B. Cabton' as H.A. Manhood.
A Chronicle of Ancient Starlight
Cumming, Sue
37 (Sep 2001): 73-7
A personal attempt at understanding the confusing conflicts of The Star-born.
Chyebassa Reunion 1926
Williamson, Anne
34 (Sep. 1988): 40-1
Facsimile of signed menu of survivors of the London Rifle Brigade who went out to France on the ship Chyebassa in November 1914.
Coincidences and Influences
Wake, Bryan
33 (Sep. 1997): 45-7
An unlikely series of events and the progress of a young author.

Colfe's School Staff

[Williamson, Anne]

44 (Sep. 2008): 55-7

Photograph of the School Staff, December 1923, some of whom HW has identified by their names in Dandelion Days; accompanied with a fuller list giving correct names, fictional names and nicknames.

Colfeians (Old) Roll of Honour 1914–18

39 (Sep. 2003): 28

A printed list (from HW’s archive – believed to have been taken from a book) of Old Colfeians who died in WW1, and marked by HW with those known to him.
Comment on previous articles on The Star-born
Williamson, Anne
36 (Sep. 2000): 50-3
Includes ‘In the Monkey House’, David Hoyle (HWSJ, 4, Nov. 1981) where Hoyle denigrates The Star-born; ‘Between the Flax and the Chronicle’, Dennis McWilliams (HWSJ, 13, March 1986) which gives a fine objective analysis of the book likening it to the work of the Irish poet and playwright William Butler Yeats – and mentions the similarity found in HW’s story ‘The Fox in the Moonlight’; and the sympathetic analysis of HW’s early writing by Helen Haines (HWSJ, 20, Sep. 1989).

Committee Notes

White, Margaret

NL16 (Mar. 2010): 32-3

An insight into the Society Committee's day-long annual meeting.
Concerning The West Country Magazine
Porter, George
33 (Sep. 1997): 56-7
Details of a correspondence with Waveney Girvan.
Confessions of an English Williamson Addict
Ruddock, Mike
37 (Sep. 2001): 62-6
Reminiscence of a contact with HW including facsimiles of letters from him (mainly 1958).
The Confessions of a Fake Merchant (Part I)
Williamson, Henry
8 (Oct. 1983): 5-9
A piece which originally appeared in The Book of Fleet Street, ed. Pope (1930), relating HW's progress from unemployed ex-soldier to writer of 'Light Car Notes'.
The Confessions of a Fake Merchant (Part II)
Williamson, Henry
9 (Mar. 1984): 7-15
The second part of a piece which originally appeared in The Book of Fleet Street recalling the latter part of HW's brief career as a reporter for the Weekly Dispatch.
Considering Folkestone
Shepherd, Fred
24 (Sep. 1991): 32-4
A description of Folkestone and its associations with HW.
The Constancy of Hetty
Smith, Olive
23 (Mar. 1991): 16-21
An exploration of the character Hetty in the first three Chronicle novels.
A Correspondence
Porter, George
21 (Mar. 1990): 21-9
Details of a correspondence with HW which began in 1944.

Cousin Charlie: A Tribute

Williamson, Anne (compiler)

43 (Sep. 2007): 94-104

Setting out the facts and clearing up previous misconceptions (arising from HW’s obscurations in his writing) of his Bedfordshire cousin Charlie Boon’s brief life as a soldier in the Great War to whom HW was very close and who features as Percy Pickering in ACoAS; including photographs of Charlie in uniform, his grave in France, and a copy of a letter from Charlie to his sister Marjorie (Polly Pickering in ACoAS).
Cranmere Pool
Williamson, Anne
22 (Sep. 1990): 38
Background information and a reproduction of an entry made by HW in the Visitors' Book at Cranmere Pool on 30 March 1926, while researching material for Tarka the Otter.

Mr Creech, HW and Constance Bennett (Ko Kee)

44 (Sep. 2008): 46-52

Facsimiles of letters from HW, including an essay, 'Linnets', by HW.
A Critical Approach to A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight: Part I
Blench, Dr J. Wheatley
33 (Sep. 1997): 5-17
An overview and analysis of that part of the Chronicle leading up to the Great War.
A Critical Approach to A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight: Part II, The War Years
Blench, Dr J. Wheatley
34 (Sep. 1998): 97-102
A commentary on the Great War period of the Chronicle.
A Critical Approach to A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight: Part III, The Inter-war Years
Blench, Dr J. Wheatley
37 (Sep. 2001): 38-49
In this section Dr Blench covers the narrative of the Chronicle and Phillip Maddison’s life between 1920 and 1939 and includes volumes entitled: The Innocent Moon (Vol. 9); It Was the Nightingale (Vol. 10); The Power of the Dead (Vol. 11); and The Phoenix Generation (Vol. 12). Within these volumes Phillip Maddison matures from age 25 to 44, and Dr Blench shows how Williamson handles Phillip’s emotional development around his two marriages (including the death in childbirth of his first wife ‘Barley’), mistresses, subsequent children, farming and writing ventures. Dr Blench examines the character Sir Hereward Birkin (based on Sir Oswald Mosley) and his Imperial Socialist Party (the British Union), showing how Williamson weaves these real historical events into the narrative of his novel sequence, leading up to the outbreak of the Second World War.
Critical Approach to A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight: Part IV, The Second World War and its Aftermath
Blench, Dr J. Wheatley
38 (Sep. 2002): 59-84
In this examination of the last three vols of the Chronicle: A Solitary War, Lucifer Before Sunrise, and The Gale of the World, Dr Blench continues the précis of the actual story-line which he has furnished from the beginning, with illuminating critical analysis. Opening with the announcement on the radio by Neville Chamberlain (then prime minister of Great Britain) that the country is at war with Germany, the first two of these novels deal with life on the Norfolk Farm in wartime and all the attendant problems, including Phillip’s thoughts about Adolf Hitler, and ends with the sale of the farm in 1945, at the end of the war. The final volume shows Phillip returning alone to live in a shepherd’s hut just below the Chains on Exmoor, above Lynton and Lynmouth, with the climactic scene of the catastrophic storm resulting in the devastation of Lynmouth. Dr Blench concludes with a selection of comparisons with works of other authors in the same genre: Leo Tolstoy, Anthony Powell and John Galsworthy.
Lewis, Peter
NL6 (Mar. 2000): 18-9
A short account of a gambling game played by soldiers in First World War (and earlier) and featured in HW’s books.