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The Swedenborg Society is a publisher, library, events space, museum, bookshop and registered 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

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New book out now

An Evening of Dreams

by Homero Aridjis, Eva Hoffman, Darian Leader, Tom McCarthy and Selina Mills.

with an introduction by Chloe Aridjis.

Originating in a memorable and discursive evening held at Swedenborg House in October 2015, and inspired by Swedenborg’s private journal of dreams written between 1743-4, An Evening of Dreams brings together six major authors to examine the role of dreams and dreaming in their practice. The volume begins with a discussion of the relation between dreaming and poetry, and is followed, via a broad range of literary themes and approaches, by talks on dreaming and language, dream interpretation and psychoanalysis, dreaming as a literary space and dreaming and blindness.

order your copy here

Swedenborg Birthday Lecture 2018

David Bodanis on Isaac Newton

Portrait of Newton at 46 in 1689 by Godfrey Kneller

Saturday 20 January 2018 | 4.00 – 6.30 pm | Swedenborg Hall, Swedenborg House, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH | FREE | Refreshments served

BOOK HERE

Isaac Newton was an early and seminal influence on the work and thought of Emanuel Swedenborg. As a young man Swedenborg travelled to London in 1710 to meet and attend lectures by the great man. Drawing from research related to his forthcoming biography, bestselling author and academic David Bodanis will speak on Newton, offering special insight into the great man’s polymathic genius.

David Bodanis is an academic and author whose books include The Secret House (1986); the bestselling E=mc² (2001); Electric Universe (2006) which was the Royal Society Science Book of the Year Prize winner; Passionate Minds (2007) and the recently published international bestseller Einstein’s Greatest Mistake (2016).

More details to follow...

SFF 2017 winner

The winner of the Swedenborg Film Festival 2017 is:

Fenglin Chen for Delicatessen

Guest judge Ali Smith also reserved special mentions for:

Atobe Hiroshi, Drops and Stardust

Michelle Brand, Not the Same River, Not the Same Man

Chay Milne, Scotch Broth

Read more about the films here.

Arcana Caelestia Reading Group

Last Thursday of every month, starting on Thursday 25 May 2017 | 6.00-8.00 pm | Gardiner Room, Swedenborg House, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH | FREE

NEXT MEETINGS: 25 January, 22 February, 29 March 2018

Following on from our seminar series staged over the last year on 'Swedenborg, Literature and the Imaginal' (with Dr William Rowlandson) and on 'The Anatomy of Heaven' (with Dr David Lister), we will be holding a monthly reading group centring on Swedenborg's magnum opus Arcana Caelestia.

The Arcana can be seen as a foundation for all of Swedenborg's later visionary works, including Heaven and Hell and Divine Love and Wisdom. It contains Swedenborg's clause-by-clause elucidation of the spiritual meaning in the biblical books of Genesis and Exodus, as well as descriptions of an incredible variety of his own spiritual experiences. It exists in English as a 12-volume set (translated by John Elliott) and is available to order online or at the Swedenborg House Bookshop.

Volume one will be available for free for those who register in advance.

Register here.

Sally Kindberg

New Children's Workshops at Swedenborg House!

Sally Kindberg is coming to Swedenborg House! Later in the year Sally will begin the first in a series of children’s workshops on the collection at Swedenborg House. 

Sally’s children’s workshops are the first of their kind at Swedenborg House! More details to follow shortly! 

Sally is an author and illustrator who is famous for her 'Draw It!' children’s series and 'The Comic Strip History of Space' both published by Bloomsbury. Sally runs drawing workshops for adults and children, she has done work for CBBC’s 'Life Bubble' and she has written for the Independent as a travel writer. 

For more information on Sally have look on her website and her blog

volunteers needed

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 admin@swedenborg.org.uk or 0207 405 7986.