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Join the Katherine Mansfield Society

Patron: Professor Kirsty Gunn

Annual membership starts from date of joining and includes the following benefits:

  • Free copy of Katherine Mansfield Studies, the Society’s prestigious annual yearbook published by Edinburgh University Press, including free on-line access to vols 1-4 (worth £25).
  • Three on-line newsletters per year, packed with information, news, reviews and much more.
  • Regular email bulletins with the latest news on anything related to KM and/or the Society (over 100 sent in 2016)
  • Reduced price fees for all KMS conferences.
  • 20% discount on all books published by Edinburgh University Press
  • Special member offers.
  • In addition, your membership fee goes to support the work of the KMS, a charitable organisation, which aims to promote worldwide awareness of Katherine Mansfield and her work. If you enjoy browsing through our website, the result of hundreds of hours of work by volunteers, please show your support by becoming a member.

Latest News


30 June 2009

Penguin New Zealand has announced it will be publishing the widely anticipated Katherine Mansfield: The Story-teller  by Kathleen Jones.  The work is due for release in Mid-2010

Kathleen Jones' agent Isobel Dixon of Blake Friedmann Literary Agency says: 'We felt it was vital to have a good New Zealand publisher on board for this important new biography first.' Dixon is now offering the book in other countries...

Penguin New Zealand predicts that publication of the new biography will be a major literary event. Says publishing director Geoff Walker: ‘There hasn't been a big new definitive Mansfield biography for several decades. That in itself is reason enough to publish a new book about her life and work.

Read the entire release and the comments of our Chair

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Waters Family Photo Album

30 June 2009

The Katherine Mansfield Society is delighted to open the Waters family album to the public. It contains numerous, previously-unseen photographs of Val Waters and his son Eric Waters (the inspirations for Jonathan Trout and his son Rags of Prelude and At The Bay), and features a never before seen photograph of KM's beloved Granny Dyer, which we believe to be the last shot of her ever taken. The photographs are currently on a password protected page under 'Resources'. Members have been given the password, as will all new members.We would like to thank Conor Williamson, Eric Water's daughter and KM's second cousin (and the copyright holder of the shots) who has generously made the photographs available through our website.

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Cecil Woolf Publishers

26 June 2009

Cecil Woolf Publishers publish many books of interest to Mansfield enthusiasts in their 'Bloomsbury Heritage Series'. See in particular: Hilary Newman, Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield: A Creative Rivalry. The publishers have kindly offered a 20% discount price of £5.20 to KMS members on this title, post free in UK. Please say you are a KMS member when ordering. Details of how to order at:    where you will also find a complete list of the titles  in this comprehensive series.

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23 June 2009

Katherine’s Wish, Linda Lappin’s novel about the final years of Katherine Mansfield’s life, has been selected as a finalist for ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award in the category of general fiction. Congratulations, Linda! Linda is a KMS member and contributor to the website.

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KMS Newsletter

11 June 2009

Remember, the newsletter is your forum for news/events/comments on anything to do with Katherine Mansfield! Do you have a favourite story? Let us know? How did you first discover her? Do you have any rare Mansfield books? We would love to know! In addition, we are running a ‘Letters to the Editors’ page! Please send in all your comments and we will try to publish as many as possible!

The KMS Newsletter is published three times a year, and is available to all members of the Katherine Mansfield Society. It provides members with information about new books, upcoming conferences and events, and to be a forum for members to share their thoughts and experiences teaching, researching and reading Katherine Mansfield. The Newsletter has now officially been registered with the British Library and therefore has been assigned an ISSN number. There are plans for the Newsletter to be produced as hard copy in the future, but we do not have the financial resources to fund this at the moment.  

We can only progress with your help, so if you have not yet done so, please consider becoming a KMS member! Issue 2 is the last issue freely available to all. Issue 3 will be sent to KMS members only and will also be made available on a password-protected members-only part of the website, currently under construction. Other ideas for submissions:

    * calls for papers
    * conference reports
    * book announcements
    * short book reviews
    * archive reports
    * teaching reports
    * and any other items of interest to KM fans and scholars

Deadline for submissions: 31st July 2009 Please send all submissions to: & We look forward to hearing from you soon! Best wishes,
Jenny McDonnell & Sarah Ailwood Joint Editors of the Newsletter of the Katherine Mansfield Society

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Call For Papers, Katherine Mansfield Studies

2 June 2009

We are currently calling for papers for the inaugural issue of our fully peer-reviewed Journal, Katherine Mansfield Studies. Submissions are sought on the following:

    * On the theme of the special issue ‘Katherine Mansfield and Continental Europe'
    *  Creative pieces - poetry and prose on Katherine Mansfield
    * Book reviews of recently published books on Katherine Mansfield or those which may be of more general interest to Mansfield scholars.


We would like you, our members and visitors to email us with your favourite Katherine Mansfield quote. It can be from Katherine Mansfield or about her. We will then insert some in our rotating quote feature which can be seen on the left side of each page at the website.


Please send us any suggestions for material to include on the site. We are, as always, a work in progress. And progress is being made on and off the site.

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