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.
Saturday 12 March 2016 | 4.00-8.00 pm | Swedenborg Hall, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH | ADMISSION FREE
The Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer (1931-2015), winner of the Nobel Prize for literature in 2011, was one of the great European voices of the last 50 years. Specially invited speakers, including international poets, writers and old friends will speak about the poet, his work and his life.
Organized in conjunction with the Swedish Embassy.
Thursday 17 March 2016 | 6-9 pm | FREE ADMISSION | Swedenborg Hall, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH
The launch of the latest publication of the Swedenborg Society’s President Homero Aridjis. The Child Poet is translated by Chloe Aridjis and the event is organized in conjunction with Archipelago Books and the Mexican Embassy. Award-winning author and translator Daniel Hahn will moderate.
The Child Poet is an evocative memoir of a child’s dreams, in a stunning translation by the author’s daughter.
Featuring films of 30 minutes or less and co-curated by Gareth Evans (Whitechapel Gallery) and Nora Foster (Frieze), the Swedenborg Film Festival invites entries from the latest new and established talent of experimental and artist film.
Selected films will be screened on Thursday 24th March 2016, to a public audience at Swedenborg Hall, ‘one of London’s most atmospheric venues’ (The Guardian). Winning works will be shown as part of a dynamic curated programme of international artist and feature film. Artists including Bridget Smith, Jeremy Millar and Lech Majewski have shown work at SFF.
Our next publication will be Ken Worpole's, New Jerusalem: the good city and the good society (London: Swedenborg Society, 2015; 90 pages, priced £6.95).
In New Jerusalem: the good city and the good society, Ken Worpole reveals that utopian and visionary thinking, especially in relation to new forms of settlement and livelihood, has not gone away, even if it has gone underground. With an unprecedented growth in the population of older people, along with increasing cultural and demographic change elsewhere in society, there is renewed interest in more convivial forms of urban design, as well as shared living. This interest draws on a long history of elective communities, including those influenced by the thought and works of Emanuel Swedenborg—a fascinating history with much to offer the architects and policy makers of today, and a history that is artfully and succinctly appraised in New Jerusalem: the good city and the good society.
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 email@example.com or 0207 405 7986.
Charity registration number: 209172