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Welcome to the new Katherine Mansfield Society website!

We hope you will find our new website easy to use, and we will be adding more and more features and content to it over the coming months. In the meantime, if there is anything you used to access via the KMS website which you can no longer find, please select the ‘Archive’ link in the menu to see a copy of the website as it was in April 2021. 

We welcome your comments and feedback – please email to let us know.

Katherine Mansfield Birthday Lecture 2022

The Katherine Mansfield Birthday Lecture — featuring Alice Kelly, discussing her book Commemorative Modernism: Women Writers, Death and the First World War — is coming up on 15 October, from 3-5 GMT. Registration details are below, and it will be limited to 95 participants.

For many reasons, we have decided to hold the Birthday Lecture virtually, and while it may lack some of the warmth of in-person friendly faces and nibbles and bubbly, it has the advantage of allowing us to open the lecture to members world-wide, via Zoom. And, while the time may still pose an issue for some, we are planning to record the lecture, which will then be uploaded to the KMS website in the “members only” section, so those who cannot join live can still have access to the lecture. (Do allow some time for the admin to upload the video, as it is a large file — I’ll be sure to notify members when it is available). 

The general schedule is to have the first 30 minutes for people to visit a bit; this will be facilitated through breakout rooms in Zoom. I’m not adept at these, so they will be somewhat random, but it will allow individuals to interact with one another. The lecture, then, will begin at 3:30 GMT and will be followed by questions, which I will field for Alice through the “chat” device in Zoom. We will then allow for another 30 minutes for people to visit via the breakout rooms again, depending on the attendance at the end of the lecture.

Because the event will be virtual and the amenities will be somewhat lacking, it will not cost anything to attend the lecture or to view the lecture on the website; however, it will be limited to the first 95 registrants due to limits on Zoom. So, if you plan to attend the event live, please do register as soon as possible (details below). But because space will be limited, please do only register if you plan to attend.

After about a week, I will add these details to the website, making it available to a wider audience, so do be sure to register soon to ensure a space.

There will also be an e-book version of the lecture available in pdf; however, while the lecture and video will be free, the ebook will have a small fee (£2) attached to it so that we can sell it on the website, making it available beyond the membership.

To register for the Birthday Lecture, contact Todd Martin:

Bad Worishofen 2022

You will be pleased to know the KMS conference ‘Katherine Mansfield and Germany’ is going ahead in Bad Wörishofen, Bavaria, from 16-18 July 2022.

Conference Venue: Haus zum Gugger.

Accommodation: There are a number of excellent Gasthäuser in Bad Wörishofen, centrally located within five minutes of the station and the conference (go to

Travel: We recommend you make your hotel and travel bookings as soon as possible as mid-July will be very busy.

Schedule: The academic part of the conference will be held on Saturday and Sunday (16 and 17 July) and on Monday there will be a guided tour of Bad Wörishofen followed by some readings, finishing  at lunch time. There is likely to be a conference warming  on Friday night  (details to be supplied nearer the time)

Registration: the programme and the registration details are available now – click here.

Click here to download the programme

Yearbook call for papers

The call for submissions to the next edition of the Katherine Mansfield Society’s Yearbook, Katherine Mansfield Studies, is now open for papers on the subject of Katherine Mansfield, Illness and Death.  Please see the full call for papers on the Yearbook page.

Katherine Mansfield Society Essay Prize

We are pleased to announce details for the 2021 Essay Prize on Katherine Mansfield, Illness and Death. Submissions are due by 31 August 2022 and will be considered for publication in Katherine Mansfield Studies, the Society’s yearbook. Further details can be found here.

Tinakori call for papers

The CFP for Tinakori, the critical journal of the Katherine Mansfield Society, is available here.