The Swedenborg Society is a publisher, library, events space, museum, bookshop and regsitered charity. In addition to organizing events, lectures, conferences, exhibitions, performances and film screenings; we also publish a large selection of literature relating to the work of the philosopher, scientist, inventor, astronomer, mathematician, parliamentary figure and visionary Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772). The Society's Grade II listed premises in Bloomsbury, central London, is also available for private hire. For free updates on our events and publications please join our e-newsletter mailing list.
We are delighted to announce that Bridget Smith will be the Swedenborg Society’s artist in residence for 2015-16. Bridget is a London-based artist working in film and photography, and has exhibited her work internationally featuring in public collections in Austria, Spain, Mexico, the USA and the UK (including the V&A and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art). Bridget has also worked previously with the Swedenborg Society. In 2010 she participated in the bicentenary exhibition Fourteen Interventions and was subsequently invited to screen her film Killing Time at the 2011 Swedenborg Short Film Festival. She also featured Swedenborg Hall in her 2007 book Society.
We are delighted to announce that our newly elected President for 2015-16 is the international author and former Mexican Ambassador to the Netherlands, Switzerland and UNESCO, Homero Aridjis.
Described by City Lights as one of Latin America’s greatest living writers, Homero has written over 40 books including 18 volumes of poetry, 16 novels, numerous plays and several books for children. In 1966 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, a distinction repeated in 1979, and he has won many other awards including the Xavier Villaurrutia Prize (1965), the Grinzane Cavour Prize (1992), the Prix Roger Caillois (1997), the Golden Key of Smederevo (2002) and the Premio Internazionale di Poesia Camaiore (2013). He has twice served as President of PEN International.
In 1985 he founded the Group of 100, an environmental association of prominent artists and intellectuals, that has included Octavio Paz, Juan Rulfo, Rufino Tamayo, Gabriel García Márquez and Leonora Carrington, among many others. Since then he has become one of Latin America’s leading environmental activists. His most recent books are Del cielo y sus maravillas, de la tierra y sus miserias (poetry) Ciudad de zombis (a novel) and María la Monarca (a story for children).
The Society recently published a small volume of Homero's poems entitled An Angel Speaks which includes an introduction by the Nobel Laureate J M G Le Clezio. See below. Members will also have the opportunity to come and meet Homero when we host an event on October 26th, entitled An Evening of Dreams which will feature a panel of international authors. Details of this event will be posted on the website soon.
An Angel Speaks is a collection of 17 poems by our newly elected President Homero Aridjis. Selected by the author and offering a sample of work spanning 30 years, the volume also features an essay on Homero’s work and impact by Nobel Prize winner J M G Le Clézio. At the end of the volum ethere is also included a Q&A in which Homero discusses the inspiration behind his work, his groundbreaking environmental activism and his key influences.
HOMERO ARIDJIS is the author of over 40 works and is widely regarded as Mexico’s greatest living poet. His work has been translated into numerous languages and he has received critical praise from artists and writers such as Luis Buñuel, Yves Bonnefoy, Octavio Paz and Jorge Luis Borges. He has twice served as President of PEN International, and is a former Mexican ambassador to UNESCO. In 1985 he founded the Group of 100, an environmental association of prominent artists and intellectuals that has included Leonora Carrington, Juan Rulfo and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Since then he has become one of Latin America’s leading environmental activists. Homero has been the recipient of many distinctions and prizes, including the Xavier Villaurrutia Prize, the Grinzane Cavour Prize, the Prix Roger Caillois, the Golden Key of Smederevo and the Premio Internazionale di Poesia Camaiore. He has twice been awarded a a Guggenheim Fellowship and in 2015 he will become President of the Swedenborg Society.
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Would you like to volunteer for the Swedenborg Society? We are currently looking for people who might like to help invigilate our bookshop during weekdays and also help-out during our busy events programme. Previous experience is not needed. The Society’s beautiful oak-lined shop is in the middle of Bloomsbury, London. It is close to the British Museum and only five minutes walk from Covent Garden and Leicester Square. If you are interested in volunteering or interning, please do not hesitate to contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org or 0207 405 7986.
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