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John Cowper Powys
T. F. Powys
Llewelyn Powys The Powys Family
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the powys family

WELCOME

The eleven children born to Charles Francis Powys, an Anglican clergyman, were a uniquely precocious family, one of the most significant in the cultural history of Britain, of whom the writers John Cowper Powys, T. F. Powys and Llewelyn Powys are the most famous. But they also included the architect and conservationist A. R. Powys, the artist Gertrude Powys, the lacemaker Marian Powys, the notable headmaster Littleton Powys and the poet and novelist Philippa Powys. Primarily, though not exclusively, the focus of the Society is on the three writing brothers; distinctively unique as both individuals and authors.

The Society, a registered charity, was founded to promote and encourage the appreciation and enjoyment of the writings of John Cowper, Theodore and Llewelyn Powys and to establish their true literary status.

The aims of The Powys Society are:
- To promote a wider general readership and stimulate scholarly study and discussion of the works of the Powys brothers
- To actively promote an expanded universe around the Powyses
- To provide a comprehensive and accurate resource on the life and works of the Powyses

If you are an admirer, an enthusiast, a reader, a scholar, or a student of anything Powysian, then this international society would like to hear from you, and welcomes your participation in its activities.


 JOIN THE SOCIETY

Membership benefits include:

- A membership pack on joining.

- An annual Journal devoted to the study of the life and works of John Cowper, Theodore and Llewelyn Powys plus three 50 page Newsletters (March, July and November).

- The Society is active in promoting the life and works of the Powys family. Speakers are arranged for special events.

- Opportunities to meet fellow Powysians and those who share your interest.

- An annual weekend Conference and Powys Days.  JOIN US


 

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The 50th anniversary of the Powys Society
2019: The 50th Anniversary of The Powys Society



2018
NEWS



T
HE POWYS JOURNAL

The contents of all twenty-eight volumes of THE POWYS JOURNAL are now available to view in digital format at JSTOR




October
A New Article:




London Meeting in Hampstead
1st December


The Society's NEWSLETTER No 95
is now available to all members
November 2018

PROTEUS AND THE MAGICIAN
The Correspondence of John Cowper Powys and Henry Miller is now available to order on the Publishing News webpage


THE ALLIANCE OF LITERARY SOCIETIES

has just published the Autumn/Winter
edition of their biannual Newsletter.

Read more on the NEWS page here.










THE CORRESPONDENCE OF JAMES HANLEY AND JOHN COWPER POWYS


Edited with an Introduction by Chris Gostick

in paperback at 10.00

Launched at this year’s Powys Society Conference 







Just Published (21 November 2018):
POWYSLAND
The Discovery of John Cowper Powys
by Tim Blanchard




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“Very few writers create a world of their own. John Cowper Powys was one of this select company, and the world he fashioned is like nothing else in literature. Anyone who wants to explore this strange, magical and yet somehow earthily realistic alternative reality should begin by reading Powysland.
JOHN GRAY

For further information on POWYSLAND visit the Publishing News page




The Powys Society NEWSLETTER

July 2018: The Powys Society Newsletter No. 94
(48 pages) is now available to all Society members.


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PRIVACY POLICY STATEMENT
2018

We collect personal data which you submit to us when you join the Powys Society.
 
What kind of personal data do we hold?
We collect title, name, postal address, post code, telephone number, and e-mail address for each member of the Society. We also collect and retain records of any questions or enquiries you send to the Society by letter. We hold this data for the purpose of record keeping and to enable us to send you Newsletters and the Powys Journal which are sent as part of your annual membership subscription.
 
Data Storage
All personal data about our membership is stored on two data files: a simple list of names and addresses in a Word document file and an Excel spreadsheet detailing postal address, postcode, telephone number, e-mail address, information about when each member joined the Society, date when details may have been changed, confirmation of annual subscription payments and usual payment method. This file also indicates status of members – whether they are an Honorary member or whether they make annual subscription payments.
 
Security
Membership data files are stored on a secure central database.  
 
How we manage personal data
We do not share, transfer, sell or exchange personal data we hold with a third party, other web sites or other external bodies for commercial, marketing or market research purposes. We may periodically share contact details between members and committee members but only for the purpose of internal official business. We occasionally publish a list of the names and addresses of members of the Society. This is sent on restricted circulation to paid-up members only. The list states that the contents may only be disclosed to members of the Society and may only be used in connection with the objectives of the Society as set out in the Constitution of the Powys Society. We also invite all new members to inform Hon. Secretary if they do not wish their personal data to appear in the published list of members.
 
How we use personal data
We use personal data to enable us to send members Newsletters, three times per year, and the annual Powys Journal. We use the Newsletter to invite members to comment on projects and initiatives of the Society and to get in touch with the Powys Society committee on any matters that are of concern to them. We do not separately use personal data to send unsolicited mail or appeal for contributions. We may occasionally use personal data to communicate direct with members, by post or e-mail, to provide information about our events and our activities.
 
Links to other websites
The Powys Society website includes links to other web sites of related interest. We are not responsible for information you may provide to other web sites.
 
Your rights
You may request details of personal information we hold about you.

Updating your information
If you consider any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible at the address below. We will immediately correct any information found to be in error.

Notifying the Powys Society you do not wish to be contacted or have your personal data published in the membership list circulated to other members
If you do not wish the Powys Society to communicate with you by post or e-mail or have your contact details published in the membership list sent to members please inform Hon. Secretary at the address below.
 
Chris Thomas
Hon. Secretary, The Powys Society
e-mail: chris.d.thomas@hotmail.co.uk
Postal address: 87 Ledbury Road, London W11 2AG






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THE POWYS SOCIETY COLLECTION




The full contents of the inventory of the Powys Society Collection, now located at Exeter University, are available to view below.
All files (which open in a new tab or window) are available to read in PDF format. 





JOHN COWPER POWYS T.F. POWYS LLEWELYN POWYS




Articles and Books About

Books by

Contributions to
Periodicals & Books


Ex Libris

Introductions
to other books


Letters

Manuscripts

Miscellaneous

Proofs

Reviews

Typescripts

Articles and Books About

Books by

Contributions to
other books


Ex Libris

Letters

Manuscripts (Bissell Gift)
Manuscripts (Feather Gift)

Miscellaneous

Periodical Publications

Proofs

Reviews

Typescripts
                         
Articles and Books About

Book Reviews

Books by

Contributions to
Periodicals & Books


Ex Libris

Letters

Manuscripts

Miscellaneous

Proofs

Typescripts

LITTLETON POWYS
Articles
Books by
Letters

Elizabeth MYERS

PHILIPPA POWYS

A.R. (Bertie) POWYS

WILL POWYS

Francis POWYS

ALYSE GREGORY
Books, Articles, etc
Ex Libris

FAMILY

The Powys Circle













john cowper powys, dorchester wall plaque
john cowper powys, the dorset year




John Cowper Powys
wall plaque in High West Street,
Dorchester, Dorset
THE DORSET YEAR
The Diary of John Cowper Powys
(June 1934 to June 1935)







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"A genius - a fearless writer, who writes with reckless passion." - Margaret Drabble on John Cowper Powys


The one author I could not live without is John Cowper Powys.” – Bernard Cornwell


"Llewelyn Powys is one of those rare writers who teach endurance of life as well as its enjoyment." - Philip Larkin


"Theodore Powys wrote extraordinary fables of English country life. Bloomsbury admirers hailed them as the singular works of a dark and brooding genius." - P. Wright


"Theodore Powys, the brother of Llewelyn, is a rare person." - T. E. Lawrence


“I touch here upon what is to me one of the profoundest philosophical mysteries: I mean the power of the individual mind to create its own world, not in complete independence of what is called "the objective world," but in a steadily growing independence of the attitudes of the minds toward this world. For what people call the objective world is really a most fluid, flexible, malleable thing. It is like the wine of the Priestess Bacbuc in Rabelais. It tastes differently; it is a different cosmos, to every man, woman, and child. To analyse this "objective world is all very well, as long as you don't forget that the power to rebuild it by emphasis and rejection is synonymous with your being alive.” — John Cowper Powys

“Even though we waves lie for centuries in the deeps of the waters, so deeply buried that no man could think that we should ever rise, yet as all life must come to the surface again and again, awakening each time from a deep sleep as long as eternity, so we are raised up out of the deeps high above our fellows, to obey the winds, to behold the sky, to fly onwards, moving swiftly, to complete our course, break and sink once more.

  We, who are waves, know you, who are men, only as another sea, within which every living creature is a little wave that rises for a moment and then breaks and dies. Our great joy comes when we break, yours when you are born, for you have not yet reached that sublime relationship with God which gives the greatest happiness to destruction.” T.F. Powys 

 "No sight that the human eyes can look upon is more provocative of awe than is the night sky scattered thick with stars.” — Llewelyn Powys







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Montacute Vicarage




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Glastonbury Tor
Montacute Vicarage Durdle Door


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