The Society was founded in 1985 in order to rectify critical neglect of the work of Violet Needham, and to bring together admirers of her books.

The Society hopes to promote appreciation of Violet Needham's achievement as a unique writer for children by acting as a focus for research into her life and work, and by issuing little-known and previously unpublished writing by her. It has produced a limited edition of her last completed novel. The Sword of St Cyprian's.

The Society also intends to stimulate appreciation of the work of other neglected children's writers of the same period, and to encourage research into Ruritanian fiction.

Meetings and excursions

Meetings and excursions are organized to give members an opportunity to get together for informal discussion. The Society's visits to houses and other places associated with Violet Needham and her books have proved deservedly popular, and more formal meetings with guest speakers are arranged from time to time.

Lending library

The Society maintains a library of Violet Needham's books, a complete run of Souvenir and other relevant material, which may be borrowed by members free of charge.

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