Upcoming Society Events

16 July 2019 — Reading Powyses Facebook Group

19:00 BST 16 July: Online Discussion of JCP’s Autobiography

To take part in this stimulating discussion, please join the group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/271068293345294/.
All Society members who use Facebook are warmly invited to join; any non-members are warnly invited to become Society members and then join this group, which is currently proceeding through the novels of John Cowper Powys in sequence, enjoying the company of fellow enthusiasts. Autobiography being regarded as a novel for the purposes of this sequence.

13 August 2019 — Llewelyn Powys’s 135th Birthday and the 24th annual ‘Birthday Walk.’

Llewelyn Powys's birthday walkers 2018 at The Sailor's ReturnThis year’s Annual Dandelion Fellowship Gathering and Llewelyn Powys Birthday Walk will go ahead as usual on Tuesday August 13th. All are welcome! (Once again the Sailor’s Return will not be available, and the Red Lion at Winfrith have agreed to host our group as they did last year).

  • 12 noon: Meet at the Red Lion in Winfrith for lunch and the annual toast to Llewelyn
  • 1.30 pm: Congregate in the beer garden at the Sailor’s Return, which Tom Brachi has once again kindly made available for readings.
  • 2.00 pm: Commence the walk up to Llewelyn’s Stone.

Access to Llewelyn's Stone:

Lulworth Estates have granted permission to allow two cars access up the now ‘pedestrians only’ Chydyok Road as far as the Chydyok Farm buildings to facilitate our elderly and less able members to access the memorial stone, and this has been granted in perpetuity.

The Dandelion Fellowship

A group also known as the Friends of Llewelyn Powys that anyone is welcome to join simply by turning up — meet annually at The Sailor's Return, Chaldon Herring, Dorset for a walk on Llewelyn's birthday. Llewelyn had expressed the wish that after his death a sum of money be invested to pay for free drinks on his birthday each year at a local pub ‘for anybody who enters the tavern after seven o’clock in the evening’. Free drinks cannot be guaranteed, but a warm welcome awaits. Descriptions of past Llewelyn birthday walks can be found in the Powys Society Newsletters and on this website's past events pages.

16–18 Aug 2019 — The Powys Society Conference

‘ADVENTURES WITH IDEAS’ Speakers (in order of appearance): Janice Gregory, Elmar Schenkel, Chris Campbell, Richard Graves, Goulven le Brech and David Goodway

Go to Conference page for full details

Pushkin House, Bloomsbury Square, London

1 December 2019: London Meeting

Discussion of John Cowper Powys's Dostoievsky
Led by Kate Kavanagh

2.00 – 5.00pm, Pushkin House, 5A Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TA

“For the truth is that this astonishing writer does not content himself with revealing in his oracular and prophetic outbursts any one coherent vision of life, but several contradictory visions.” JCP

Refreshments of tea and biscuits will be provided.
All are welcome! Please email the Hon. Secretary if you plan to attend. Event is free - voluntary contributions towards costs are invited.

Past Events

2019

30 Mar 2019 — Celebration: 50th Anniversary of The Powys Society

Even the weather smiled upon us for this celebration, held in a beautiful suite of rooms at Corpus Christi college, Cambridge. The speakers an unbroken chain running from the earliest Powysian Meetings taking place following ad-hoc advertisements in the Times Literary supplement to the notable conferences that have followed. Our president, Glen Cavaliero, went back further still, reading from his 1958 diary his first impressions when a young student of meeting John Cowper Powys at Blaenau Ffestiniog. See full programme

26 Mar 2019 — online discussion of Weymouth Sands by the Reading Powyses Facebook Group

This stimulating discussion can be viewed by joining the group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/271068293345294/.
All Society members who use Facebook are warmly invited to join; any non-members are warnly invited to become Society members and then join this group, which is currently proceeding through the novels of John Cowper Powys in sequence, enjoying the company of fellow enthusiasts. (Next stop after Weymouth Sands will be Autobiography. (OK... not really a novel, but a book so full of imaginative self-presentation that some have classed it as such)

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