A Meeting: Saturday 8 October 2022,
Shirley Village, Derbyshire

A meeting is planned at St Michael’s Parish Church Community Space, Church Lane, in Shirley village, Derbyshire, for Saturday 8 October, to celebrate, in the parish church where his father C. F. Powys was vicar between 1872 and 1879, the 150th anniversary of the birth of John Cowper Powys, at 1:15 pm on 8 October 1872 .

The Vicarage, Shirley
The Vicarage (now known as the Old vicarage), Shirley. (Photo: Paul Cheshire)

The event which includes refreshments is free except for optional lunch at the Saracen’s Head in Shirley. All are welcome. In the afternoon, following lunch, we plan to visit the grounds of The Old Vicarage, Shirley JCP’s birthplace where we have kindly been granted access to the garden by the present owners. Members may wish to make their own arrangements and take the opportunity of visiting nearby locations, described by JCP in Autobiography, such as Dovedale, Mount Cloud and Osmaston Park.

If you wish to attend this meeting and reserve a place for lunch at the Saracen’s Head, please notify Hon. Secretary by 31 August 2022.

Chris Thomas, Hon Secretary


St Michael's Church, Shirley
(photo: Paul Cheshire)

10.00 Arrival, tea and coffee at St Michael’s Parish Church Community Space, Church Lane, Shirley

10.30 Welcome address and talk, JCP in Derbyshire, by Chair of the Powys Society, Paul Cheshire

11.00-11.20 Readings from Chapter 1 of JCP’s Autobiography and A Blank Verse Autobiography (Kevin Taylor and Chris Thomas)

11.20-11.45 Tea & Coffee break

11.45-12.45 Open discussion of Chapter 1 of JCP’s Autobiography

13.00 Pre-booked lunch at the Saracen’s Head, Shirley

14.30 Visit to Shirley Vicarage garden, including photo opportunity, and readings from Autobiography (John Hodgson)

15.30 Tour of Shirley village

17.00 Departure