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Valentine Ackland published very little in her lifetime, and has gone largely unrecognised since. Her lifelong partner, Sylvia Townsend Warner, was very supportive of Ackland and helped her to get her writing into print. This writing (which dates from four decades of the mid twentieth century) took the form of poetry, as well as political critique, an autobiography, and letters. Valentine Ackland contributed articles regularly to magazines such as Country Standard, Left Review, and The Countryman, none of which paid very well. At present she is better known for her association with Warner than for anything she wrote herself. Bibliographic Citation link.
20 May 1906 Mary Kathleen McCrory Ackland (later VA) was born at 54 Brook Street in London. Bibliographic Citation link.
November 1933 VA, with Sylvia Townsend Warner, published Whether a Dove or Seagull, a collection of love poems. Bibliographic Citation link.
9 November 1969 VA died of cancer of the lungs (metastasised breast cancer) at her home at Frome Vauchurch in Dorset. Bibliographic Citation link.
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