Past Events Archive: 2021

COVID-19: Zoom Year 2

All these events took place online.

Saturday 19 June — Discussion of Powys to Sea Eagle: The Letters of John Cowper Powys to Philippa Powys

This event will be HELD ONLINE by ZOOM at 15:00 BST (Max 1.5 HOURS to 16:30).

If any member wishes to join the Zoom discussion, please e-mail Kevin Taylor at ksjer.taylor@btinternet.com. Kevin will be hosting the meeting and will send you joining details in due course.

Powys to Sea Eagle book coverThese letters (there are over 200) from JCP to his younger sister Philippa or Katie (1886-1963) cover a period of 50 years from 1911 to 1961 and provide a good introduction to the personal style of JCP’s voluminous correspondence. The letters range over a wide variety of subjects from family and friends, to favourite books and writers (especially Whitman), as well as JCP’s early experiences in America, his life in Wales, his daily walks, his progress with his own writing. They also give a vivid sense of JCP's deep sympathy with his sister’s personal difficulties. The editor of the letters, Anthony Head notes:

In Philippa, Powys had an ideal correspondent, someone open to all avenues of thought, whose responses to the life of the senses and the spirit were, like her brother’s, not subject to the restrictions of a certain religious dogma or metaphysical creed. Of all the Powys brothers and sisters, in many ways, as John Cowper liked to claim to her, they two were most alike.

Tuesday 18 May — Zoom Discussion of The Brazen Head by the Reading Powyses Facebook Group

Time: 19:00 BST
All those wishing to participate in the ZOOM discussion please e-mail Dawn Collins at thepowyssocietyfb@btinternet.com.
ZOOM connection details will be emailed to individuals well before the meeting

Robert Greene, Friar Bacon Friar Bungay (1630), title page
Robert Greene, Friar Bacon Friar Bungay (1630), title page

Prof. Wilson Knight tells us

‘Never has Mr Powys used his own infectious delight in narrative to better effect. The range historical, theological and magical interest is vast, but the treatment lucid and carried off with the engaging simplicity of a fairy story. A book of wisdom and wonders’.

The Reading Powyses Facebook Group is open to all who wish to join. We are proceeding through the novels of John Cowper Powys in sequence, enjoying the company of fellow enthusiasts. Since the introduction of Zoom all society members are warmly invited to take part.

Saturday 24 April 2021 — Discussion of T.F. Powys’ Fables, The Seaweed and the Cuckoo Clock and John Pardy and the Waves.

Led by Paul Cheshire, following a theme provided by John Williams

Frontispiece to Fables by Gilbert Spencer
Frontispiece illustration to Fables
by Gilbert Spencer

This event will be HELD ONLINE by ZOOM at 15:00 BST (GMT+1) (Max 1.5 HOURS to 16:30).
  • If any member wishes to join the Zoom discussion, please e-mail Kevin Taylor at ksjer.taylor@btinternet.com. Kevin will be hosting the meeting and will send you joining details in due course.

Although he will not be free on the day, we approached our former chair John Williams as our go-to T.F. Powys aficionado, on whom he has given several well-received talks to the Society in the past. John has provided a discussion document which gives us a starting point for the discussion. He invites (without prescribing!) background reading of poems by Blake, Gray, and Wordsworth as parallel texts that open up interpretation of TFP’s enigmatic fables. His document provides all the necessary passages from these poems.

Further reading:

 

Tuesday 23 February 2021 — Zoom Discussion of Atlantis by the Reading Powyses Facebook Group

At 19:00 GMT
All those wishing to participate in the ZOOM discussion please e-mail Dawn Collins at thepowyssocietyfb@btinternet.com.
ZOOM connection details will be emailed to individuals well before the meeting

As previously, all are welcome either as contributors or as spectators to our talk about Atlantis, JCP’s 1954 novel that develops the character of Odysseus.

There is something of Rabelais and Dostoievsky in the hilarity and nervousness of this weird book.” — Stevie Smith, Observer

Will we agree ? Available in Faber Finds and through Abe and other used book suppliers.