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


Imaginal Landscapes | William Rowlandson

19 March 2015 | Doors open 18.30 | Swedenborg Hall, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH

On Thursday 19 March, we will be launching Imaginal Landscapes: reflections on the mystical visions of Jorge Luis Borges and Emanuel Swedenborg, the new book by leading Borges scholar, William Rowlandson.

In Imaginal Landscapes William Rowlandson offers a brief but deep-reaching study of the often unknown appreciation that the Argentine short story writer Jorge Luis Borges had for Emanuel Swedenborg, showing how the Swedish visionary’s influence has gone a long way to explain Borges’s preoccupations with parallel existences, the infinite, and the mystery of language. Delightfully written, and steeped in a wonderful sense of curiosity, Imaginal Landscapes cements Rowlandson’s position as one of the UK’s leading scholars on Borges, and raises important questions about the criteria we often use to assess the lives and works of those thinkers and writers who have come to be labelled as mystics.

William will be talking about his new book and Borges's relationship to Swedenborg and will also be available to sign copies and field questions after the talk.

Wine will be served during the evening and William's talk will be preceded by a brief piano accompaniment.

Admission is free but please RSVP to admin@swedenborg.org.uk or by phoning 0207 405 7986.

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.

Charity registration number: 209172