Archived material from the home page


Presented here in the reverse order in which the items were removed.

Jane Ellis speaks with Jake Yapp
about Leo on BBC Radio Leeds

9th November 2012

Walmsley book used
in TV programme

Alexander Armstrong reading from Leo's book

Alexander Armstrong's Very British Holiday was broadcast on BBC1 in November 2009 and January 2010. Society members will not have failed to see that the book he is holding Lancashire & Yorkshire whilst sitting in a Scarborough beach-front cafe is... Leo Walmsley's Lancashire & Yorkshire.

The 60-minute programme, made by Crackit Productions (which owns the copyright for the above image), chronicles Mr Armstrong's experiences going on a staycation and sampling the delights, overlooked locations and eccentricities of holidaying in England.

The book, published in 1951, is described by Mr Armstrong as "a useful little tome" and he goes on to quote from page 89.


New book published 19th May 2012

The Golden Waterwheel 2012

Leo's life at Fylingdales in the mid- to late-1930s

There's a description here.

386 pages, £7.99

It may be ordered from the
online book shop.


Walmsley Weekend
9th & 10th May 2009

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Latest releases

Love in the Sun (Walmsley Society edition) blank Paradise Creek (Walmsley Society edition)

Love in the Sun ISBN 978-0-9561151-2-6
Paradise Creek ISBN 978-0-9561151-3-3

Both are available from bookshops, Amazon, and from our online bookshop.
Each is priced at £7.99 plus £2 postage (which is free to Society members).

2011 Walmsley Weekend

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George introduces The Otterby Band The Otterby Band The Otterby Band in action
Newly-discovered archive material Sean Walmsley signs copies of the new Master Mariner Sean Walmsley addresses the meeting
Sunday morning walk

Kindle reader
Leo's books hit
the Kindle store!
Angler's Moon kindle edition Foreigners kindle edition
Price £2.99
ASIN: B0072W4A6Y
Price £3.08
Love in the Sun kindle edition Paradise Creek kindle edition
Price £3.08
Price £3.08
ASIN: B007H12B98

2010 Walmsley Weekend

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Saturday morning's AGM Matters to discuss AGM
View from the back A rare view of Ulric's portrait of the Rev. Cooper The Sunday morning walk. Photo: Sean Walmsley
The walk was led by Mike Windle. Photo: Sean Walmsley Using Leo's Geology book One small bay, 200 million years. Photo: Sean Walmsley
Geology lesson Group photograph Decommissioining the displays
Presenting cheque to the RNLI.


Question about the original
Master Mariner covers

Master Mariner was first published in 1948. The First Edition dustwrapper used the design painted by Kenneth Rowntree, and featured a boat passing a coastal village. Master Mariner First Edition

Go into any book shop (and in those days there were plenty of them), hand over a ten-bob note and you'd get the book and a tanner change.

But a second printing that same year – presumably because the books had sold so quickly – appeared with a dustwrapper showing a young couple on the beach with a dark figure lurking in the background. I shan't say who these people are and spoil it for those who have yet to read the novel, but here's the question:

Bearing in mind that the information on the imprint pages (verso title pages) suggests that both editions are, in fact, the First Edition, why was a second cover commissioned – apart from distinguishing between two separate printings?

Master Mariner First Edition, second printing

Can anyone throw any light on this?


New Spring Journal out now

Journal Vol. 54 Spring 2011

Society members will have been surprised to find the current Journal
has been sent complete with a specially-prepared edition of Leo's short
story Three Asses in the Pyrenees.

Originally this was serialised in Wide World Magazine in
1922-23 and is available here for the first time in its entirety, complete with Leo's own photographs. It is free to members only and is not for sale.

Details of how to join the Society can be found HERE.

Payment can be made by credit or debit card. Unlike some societies,
we do not charge extra for this service.


Slightly Foxed

Slightly Foxed No. 29 Spring 2011

The Society isn't the only group of people welcoming spring freshness into an otherwise potentially-gloomy world because the Spring 2011 edition of Slightly Foxed, a quarterly magazine of literary reviews, is now awaiting eager readers.

On page 19 of our new Journal is an article by Roger Gourd that appeared in the No. 26 Summer 2010 edition of Slightly Foxed. Mr Gourd has written an excellent account of Leo's writing, with particular emphasis on his Cornish novels.

To anyone who appreciates not only reading books, but reading about them, I would recommend Slightly Foxed. These "magazines" are printed and presented to such high quality they would put many mass-market paperbacks to shame. Here's a link to the website: line

Coming soon

New Master Mariner publicity

Completely revised, 396 pages. £7.99 plus p&p

Can be pre-ordered HERE


1st May 2010

The new edition of 'Sound of the Sea'

of the Sea

– the definitive edition.


Can be bought here.

line Nona Stead 1926-2011

Nona Stead
1926 - 2011

Members of the Society will be saddened to learn of the
death of Nona Stead. Nona was always a very active
member of the Society from its earliest days and
she will be sorely missed.

We send our sincere condolences to her family.


Volume 53 of the Society Journal

was published November 2010.
Containing superb accounts of the May 2010 weekend in Robin Hood's Bay, amazing photographs and other articles of interest, this edition is a must-read.

The Journal's list of contents can be viewed here.

Journal Vol. 51

It is available FREE to Society members.

Click here to see how to join.


The story of the new books
has been covered in
newspapers and local radio.
(We are trying to collect as
many mentions as we can.)

Click to read:

Scarborough Evening News

Yorkshire Post

Whitby Gazette
here for the Gazette's web page.


Angler's Mail, September 2008
Angler's Mail
September 2008


To see the 2009 photos –

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Artist Charles Evans
Television artist, Charles Evans


9th May 2009

The new edition of 'Phantom Lobster'

Phantom Lobster

– the definitive edition.
300 pages with the original illustrations.


May be
ordered here.


Volume 51 of the Society Journal

was published the week beginning 2nd November 2009.
Containing superb accounts of the May 2009 weekend in Robin Hood's Bay, amazing photographs and other articles of interest, this edition will surely become a collectors' item.

The Journal's list of contents can be viewed here.

Journal Vol. 51

It is available FREE to Society members.

Click here to see how to join.


Walmsley plaque unveiled

A short video can be seen here

The plaque at 'Riverdale'
November 15th 2008: Society members met at 'Riverdale' – Leo's 'Dalegarth' at Hawkswick in the Yorkshire Dales. The owners, Clive and Margaret Taylor, have mounted a plaque to commemorate the writing there of Master Mariner in 1948.

More information regarding Leo's tenancy of the cottage can be found in Angler's Moon, Chapter 10, p.91 (Walmsley Society, 2008).

An account, 'Leo in Littondale' written by Jane Ellis, can be found in Vol. IX of the Society Journal, Spring 1989. It is also reproduced in the latest Spring 2009 edition.


Walmsley film in new book!

A new book, Made in Yorkshire, celebrates 38 feature films made in the area and includes Turn of the Tide, based on Leo Walmsley's Three Fevers.

Written by Tony Earnshaw, the Yorkshire Post's film critic and Artistic Director of the Bradford International Film Festival, the Society's Jane Ellis helped with information and research on the chapter dedicated to the Walmsley film. For further information of what is informally described as a "coffee table book", use this link.

Made in Yorkshire


Cover artwork auction shock

The auctioned cover

The original artwork for the cover for Leo's novel, Master Mariner was auctioned in September by Anderson & Garland auctioneers of Newcastle – for an amazing £3000.

The artist was the late Kenneth Rowntree, the well-known illustrator who died in 1997. As you can see, the condition is rather poor...


2008 May weekend

The 2008 Annual General Meeting was held on 10th and 11th May in Robin Hood's Bay where the new edition of Foreigners was launched.

New editions of Foreigners and Angler's Moon

See the 2008 weekend photos here.

See the full range of books published by the Walmsley Society.


Check out the new contributions by

Selina Walmsley-Craze


Sean Walmsley


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