Visit: Holy Trinity Church Sloane Street December 20th

Venuw: Holy Trinity Church Sloane Street, London, SW1X 9BZ. December 20th 2015, at 4p.m., Carols at 6pm

The London and Southern group is arranging an exclusive tour of Holy Trinity Church Sloane Street by Rev’d Graham Rainford, who will be showing us the church and stained glass windows. This beautiful Arts and Crafts church designed by John Dando Sedding in the 1880s includes an immense east window by Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris. There will be a free 6pm Parish Carol Service after the talk, with a chance to go for a social drink in the area afterwards.

Members should meet in front of the church at 3:45 for a head count.

More info on the church can be found here:

ADMISSION: This event is a suggested £5 donation directly to the church on the day (no cheques need to be sent in advance), but places are limited and can only be reserved via post. This event is open to all PRS members. Please note that events/entrance tickets are not issued in advance. Pre-booking is mandatory. The Society reserves the right to allocate places on a first-come, first served basis where demand for places exceeds venue capacity.

For further details relating to the event mentioned above please email

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Student membership offer: 15 for 12, just £13

From October 1st there is a special offer for new members who join before December 31st. You can buy the equivalent of 15 months membership for the cost of 12 months. You’ll receive numerous benefits including the Review and PRSUS Newsletter, special book offers, details of Society lectures in Birmingham and visits across the UK, and free inclusion in our regional groups.

Our newest regional group, based in London, accommodates members in London and the South of England. The group is a chance for members to gather in a relaxed and casual atmosphere to socialize and enjoy activities such a pub meets, a quarterly book club, local visits to museums and galleries, walks, and tours of Pre-Raphaelite landmarks.

Fees start at only £13 for consessions and £16 for individuals, with further discounts for standing orders. We also now accept Paypal!

For further details, please visit our membership page or email us info@Pre‑

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Seraphim Press Limited: Damozels & Deities GoFundMe campaign

Seraphim Press Limited have an exciting GoFundMe campaign on to print their next book. Read about it below or see their GoFundMe campaign here.

‘In 2012 we were involved in the production of ‘Angels & Icons, Pre-Raphaelite Stained Glass, 1850-1870’ by William Waters, featuring photographs by Alastair Carew-Cox. This book was funded by the authors who are keen that Stained Glass becomes regarded as an important art form and that the wealth of glass in British churches, much of which is falling into disrepair,
is brought to the public’s attention.

The second book of this two book series, entitled ‘Damozels & Deities, Edward Burne-Jones, Henry Holiday & Pre-Raphaelite Stained Glass, 1870-1898’ is being prepared. It will be lavishly illustrated with professional photographs and will incorporate an index to both volumes.

Without financial help this important work on the Pre-Raphaelites may not be published. Production costs for a book of this quality are prohibitive. William has already produced his meticulously researched text and Alastair has taken the majority of the photographs but funds have now run dry and we are looking for help in order to get the book printed.

You can be part of this project by pledging financial assistance. We have some great rewards in exchange for your donation such as postcards, signed limited edition poster prints of Alastair’s stunning photographs, signed copies of the printed book or a masterclass with Alastair and William.

You can follow our progress on Facebook and Twitter where updates and pictures are being released regularly.’

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The John Pickard Essay Prize 2015

You are invited to enter a monograph of not more than 2000 words for The John Pickard Essay Prize. John Pickard was a beloved PRS member and supporter who passed away in 2004. We honour his memory and commitment to the Society by encouraging scholarship and article writing for The Review.

The monograph may be on any individual related to the Pre-Raphaelite circle. The winner will receive £100 prize and publication in the Spring 2016 Review and subsequently the essays of runners-up may also be published. The final decision will be made by the Committee of the Pre-Raphaelite Society.

Entries are to be received by the Editor by 31st December 2015 by email to

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#PRBday is Sunday 15 November!

We are pleased to announce our popular #PRBday is taking place this year on Sunday 15 November. This is our chance to commemorate the formation of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood online and help spread their legacy. We will be asking you to vote for your favourite Pre-Raphaelite drawings, painting, and sculptures. And new for this year, we are also asking for your favourite Pre-Raphaelite poems!

Share images and links to works that inspire you and talk with other modern Pre-Raphaelites about those rare gems you’ve found. You’ll also have a chance to chat via Twitter with Serena Trowbridge (@serena_t), the editor of The Review, and Madeleine Pearce (@nouveaudigital), the London and Southern Group coordinator. So follow @PreRaphSoc and get ready for an inspiring day.

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The Pre-Raphaelite Society Poetry Prize 2015

Our exciting annual poetry competition is now open. We are looking for your inspiring Pre-Raphaelite poetry.  Poems must in some way reflect an aspect (or aspects) of the lives or works of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood or their broader circle. Every poem should be accompanied by a brief (maximum 100 words) explanation of how the poem relates to the Pre-Raphaelites. Our first prize winner will receive £50. The three winning poems will be published in the Pre-Raphaelite Society’s Review, along with two Commended poems. The competition will be judged by the Editor of the Society’s Review, Serena Trowbridge; and by the Society’s Poet-in-Residence, Sarah Doyle. All entries will be seen by both judges. The closing date for the competition is 31st December 2015.

How to Enter
No identifying marks should appear on the poem/s or on accompanying explanation/s.
On a SEPARATE sheet of paper, please include your name, address, telephone number, email address and the name/s of your poems.
Entry is £2 per poem, or £5 for the maximum of three poems. Cheques should be made payable to ‘The Pre-Raphaelite Society’.
Please send TWO COPIES of your poem/s and explanation/s, along with the entrance fee, and one copy of your personal details to: The Competition Secretary, 21 Shaw Lane, Stoke Prior, Worcestershire B60 4DP
A maximum of three poems per entrant may be submitted.
Entry is open to all writers of any nationality, aged 18 years and over.
Poems may be in any style, but must be written in English.
Poems must be typed/printed on A4 paper; hand-written entries are not permitted.
The maximum length for each poem is 100 lines.

Poems must be the entrant’s own work.
Poems may not have been previously published – in print, electronically or online; nor broadcast via any means (including podcasting); nor exhibited in a public place.
Poems should not be submitted for consideration elsewhere during the competition and during the subsequent period of adjudication.
Winning poems should not be submitted for publication elsewhere prior to appearing in the Review.
Poems may not have won a prize in previous competitions.
Poems may not be withdrawn or altered once submitted into the competition.

The judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence can be entered into. Entry into the competition implies an understanding and acceptance of the Rules of Entry.

Please email for further details.

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AGM and Lecture: Dr. Dinah Roe ‘A Special Relationship: The Rossetti Family and The United States of America’

Our AGM and Founder’s Day Lecture on 24 October features Dr. Dinah Roe. Her lecture is entitled ‘A Special Relationship: The Rossetti Family and The United States of America’.

Venue: Birmingham and Midland Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham – AGM starts at 10.30 a.m. – Lecture starts at 12.00 p.m.

Closely examining politics, pictures and the odd ‘American’ cousin. This illustrated lecture will explore the Rossettis’s ever‑changing relationship with the United States from the 1830s to the present day. Drawing on letters, diary entries and literary works, this talk will consider the (sometimes tormented) interactions and surprising connections between this Anglo‑Italian clan and a burgeoning nation.

Dr Dinah Roe’s research interests include Victorian poetry and art, Pre‑Raphaelitism and life writing. Recent publications are The Pre‑Raphaelites: From Rossetti to Ruskin, an anthology of Pre‑Raphaelite poetry (Penguin Classics, 2010), and The Rossettis In Wonderland, a biography of the Rossetti family (Haus, 2011). She has been a Senior Lecturer in nineteenth‑century literature at Oxford Brookes University since September 2012.

Please email info@Pre‑ for details.

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