The Sheila Kaye-Smith Society was formed in l987 to mark the centenary of her birth and its principal aim is to stimulate and widen interest in her work. It is hoped to achieve this in a variety of ways, including:-
To produce annually the Society’s Journal (The Gleam) containing relevant articles, reprints and pictures.
To arrange talks and slide-shows in similar vein.
To arrange social functions including walks in the Sheila Kaye-Smith Country of Kent and East Sussex.
To create a comprehensive archive including a full bibliography so that detailed information may be made available to members on request.
To assist members in building their own collections of Sheila Kaye-Smith published works.
To promote these aims, a small committee is elected at the Society’s Annual General Meeting, and a newsletter is issued to members three times a year.
Meetings and social events are held about once a month, usually, though not always, in the East Sussex area.
Among the Society’s achievements have been the acquisition of what may be the last manuscript of a Sheila Kaye-Smith novel remaining in this country (the rest are in the United States), and, in l995, the placing of a commemorative plaque on the house where she was born, No. 9 Dane Road, St. Leonards-on-Sea.