Upcoming Society Events

Tuesday 13 August 2024 — Llewelyn Powys birthday walk

sailors return
This be the sign

From Neil Lee-Atkin:

The Llewelyn Birthday Walk & the annual gathering of the Dandelion Fellowship will take place on Tuesday August 13th 2024 which this year will also be a Memorial Walk to commemorate my wife and Paul Gillingham, both long time members of our little band of the Friends of Llewelyn Powys who have left us recently.

UPDATE 15 May 2024: Lunch relocated to The Red Lion, Winfrith
  • Unfortunately the The Sailor’s Return will not be open as planned on that day, so we have arranged with the manager of the Red Lion, Winfrith, to meet there at 12 noon for lunch, the annual toast, and a reading from Llewelyn’s Book of Days.
  • For those who only intend going on the walk and omitting the lunch gathering, we'll be setting off from the Sailor's Return in East Chaldon car park for the walk up to Llewelyn's Stone via Chydyok at 1.30pm.

All are welcome!

For enquiries & information please contact Neil Lee-Atkin at reblee.tom@gmail.com

Saturday 19 October 2024 — A meeting to discuss T. F. Powys’s allegorical novel Mr Weston’s Good Wine, led by Marcel Bradbury.

Mr Weston's good wine
Mr Weston's Good Wine (1927), frontispiece, G. Charlton
Venue: The Old Fire Engine House, 25 St Mary’s Street, Ely.
11.00 to 16.00 (with break for lunch)

All are welcome. The event is free with the exception of lunch which is optional and may be taken in the restaurant at the venue. A contribution towards the cost of refreshments is voluntary
If members wish to attend please notify Hon Secretary by 31 March 2024.

Mr Weston’s Good Wine was written between January 1924 and the autumn of 1925 and first published by Chatto & Windus in 1927 with illustrations by George Charlton.

Harry Coombes, in his book about TFP, published in 1960, notes: “Mr Weston’s Good Wine, though tragic in its recognition of evil, of man’s blindness, weakness, and failures, of their common fate in death, is tragic also in the profound sympathy…with which Powys observes and comments on the human scene…It is Powys’s masterpiece because it is his fullest and most perfect artistic utterance….Mr Weston’s Good Wine is among the finest of those ‘novels as dramatic poems’ which hold more of the English body and spirit, more essential Englishness than any other genre since Jacobean times.”


Chris Thomas