Below you will see some of the activities that the Society is involved with
The publication of God, Hitler and Lord Peter Wimsey: Selected Essays, Speeches and Articles, edited by Professor Suzanne Bray, including ‘The Wimsey Papers’ first published in The Spectator during WWII, talks and essays by Dorothy L. Sayers. Further information can be found here
The publication of Taking Detective Stories Seriously a collection of reviews written by Dorothy L. Sayers, edited and introduced by Martin Edwards, Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association.
Participation in external events such as: the Golden Age of Crime Weekend at Southend as part of the Essex Book Festival; Bodies from the Library conference at the British Library; Left Coast Crime Conference in the USA; performances of plays by DLS in the UK and Canada and other, similar activities.
Giving talks to community groups, WI meetings and other gatherings across the UK.
Holding a commemorative service at St Anne’s Soho for the sixtieth anniversary of the death of DLS and the installation of a plaque commemorating DLS’ connection with St Anne’s as a Church Warden and member of the congregation. St Anne’s is also where her ashes are laid.
As part of its charitable work, the Dorothy L. Sayers Society presents a number of awards to young musicians, actors and bell ringers. 2016 was the inaugural year of the Norah Lambourne Design Award in conjunction with the Royal Opera House. This award, named in honour of Norah Lambourne, close friend of DLS and collaborator in theatre work, is presented to apprentices based at the Royal Opera House facility at Thurrock in Essex.
The Society republished a play by Dorothy L. Sayers, Love All, with an introduction to the play written by actor Sheila Mitchell.
Saving DLS’ Witham home from demolition and getting it restored as private residences.
Setting up the DLS Centre within the Witham Library next door to her home, to hold a collection of her works and Society material (contact the Centre for details of the opening hours).
Being instrumental in the commissioning of a bronze statue by John Doubleday which now stands opposite the Witham library.
holding on the thirtieth and fortieth anniversaries of her death a memorial service at St Anne’s Soho, where her ashes are laid, and where we have installed a tablet.
Presenting a copy of the Hutchison portrait now in the National Portrait Gallery.
Celebrating Lord Peter Wimsey’s birth centenary with a peal of bells at Terrington St Clement; a visit to L’École des Roches in Normandy; the presentation to Balliol College of his portrait by Rod Munro; a garden party in Witham; luncheons in New York and at the Park Lane Hotel (110a Piccadilly, London) and the opening of the Lord Peter Wimsey Suite at the hotel; and the publishing of the tributes from other crime writers in “Encounters With Lord Peter”.
Celebrating the centenary of Dorothy’s birth with a new copper beech tree at Bluntisham Rectory to replace the one she knew, destroyed in a storm; commemorative plaques there and at 1 Brewer Street, Oxford, her birthplace; a musical reception in the Lord Mayor’s Parlour in Oxford; centenary celebrations at Mainz in Germany and Madison, Wisconsin; a production of “The Zeal of Thy House” in Canterbury Cathedral; the laying of a memorial stone on her parents’ hitherto unmarked grave at Christchurch, Cambs; and numerous luncheons, dinners and talks.
Celebrating the 21st birthday of the Society at the Park Lane Hotel, with a tea party and readings from a wide range of DLS’s works.
Supporting the 2004 republication of all of the Wimsey novels with many events, including a peal of bells at Terrington St Clement to mark the 70th anniversary of the publication of The Nine Tailors.
Recent annual conventions have been held at Exeter University, Somerville College Oxford, University College Durham, University of East Anglia in Norwich, Keele University, St Mary’s College, Strawberry Hill; Oriel College, Oxford; Wheaton College, Illinois (in 1997 and again in 2007); Newnham College, Cambridge; Whitelands College, Roehampton; Writtle College, Chelmsford; University College, Chichester; Royal Holloway College, London; Loughborough University, Christ Church, Oxford; York University, Girton College, Cambridge; University of Surrey, Lancaster University, University of Glasgow, University of Exeter and University of Essex
Visits have included Normandy, the Marne and Somme battlefields, Bramshill Police College, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Dartmoor, Galloway, Lingfield Park racecourse, the Finchcocks Collection of Keyboard Instruments in Kent, the wartime code-breaking centre at Bletchley Park, Lord’s Cricket Ground, The University Women’s Club, Museum of Brands, London; Bloomsbury, London; Royal Opera House Facility at Thurrock
Lecture tours in Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands.
Making annual awards for young musicians and actors.
Competitions for carol settings, short stories and artistic designs.
The first public reading of several of her poems, including a dramatised version of “The Mocking of Christ”.
Presenting some of the ground-breaking play cycle The Man Born to be King.
The Society hopes that by its light future generations will enjoy and profit from the writings of Dorothy L Sayers.