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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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Signs and Wonders
Annual Conference, 2015

May 2015

New edition of EARTH MEMORIES

Digital editions of THE POWYS JOURNAL

JOHN COWPER POWYS ON FILM




 Two new Powys Society publications
llewelyn powys diary 1910

THE CONQUEROR WORM

LLEWELYN POWYS: A CONSUMPTIVE’S DIARY, 1910

Edited by Peter J. Foss

The Powys Press ISBN 9781874559481

Full details here


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CONSPICUOUS CONSUMPTION
 
THE CONQUEROR WORM: Llewelyn Powys
A Consumptive’s Diary, 1910
 
A review by John Gray
in The Literary Review
(June issue)


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The Society’s Newsletter No.84
Now available to all Society members (31 March 2015
)
  The front cover features a portrait of Alyse Gregory
as 'Pandora' by Chester Hayes.


Includes: reports on the London meeting in December
; new books (The Conqueror Worm, Llewelyn's 1910 "Consumptive's Diary"; Llewelyn Powys, the Man behind the Myth by Neil Lee); three Powys views of the Book of Genesis; Miklos Szentkurthy and JCP; Iain Sinclair on JCP; JCP lecturing in Wales in April 1940; News & Events and much more.



  2015 — Two Powys Days
dorset county museum

Saturday 20th June 2015
Dorset County Museum
  Dorchester

Paul Cheshire will present a talk entitled “John Cowper Powys and Wordsworth’s ‘cerebral mystical passion for young women’ taking as his theme the passage in Autobiography about JCP’s perception of Wordsworth’s “abnormally sensual sensitiveness to the elements”. In his talk Paul Cheshire will explore the relationship between JCP and Wordsworth.



the kings arms montacute

Saturday 25th April 2015
The Kings Arms
Montacute, Somerset

Chris Thomas will lead a discussion of WOOD AND STONE, John Cowper Powys’s first novel, in its original location and setting.



ARTICLES

A Visit to The National Library of Wales

Reminiscences  of John Cowper Powys in the late 1920s by Albert S. Krick (PDF file)



A new version of EARTH MEMORIES by Llewelyn Powys
(contents differ from the original 1934 edition)
Llewelyn Powys, Earth Memories
                
                                                                         
‘These essays celebrate the life of the spirit – not by turning to an otherworldly realm, or retreating into the shadowy depths of the mind, but by standing still and looking anew at the sun and rain and the changing seasons. As Powys shows, the human spirit is reborn when it sees the natural world as it actually is – a spectacle of inexhaustible beauty.’   JOHN GRAY - See more at: http://littletoller.co.uk/bookshop/nature-classics/earth-memories/#sthash.FY1QsCdA.dpuf
‘These essays celebrate the life of the spirit – not by turning to an otherworldly realm, or retreating into the shadowy depths of the mind, but by standing still and looking anew at the sun and rain and the changing seasons. As Powys shows, the human spirit is reborn when it sees the natural world as it actually is – a spectacle of inexhaustible beauty.’   JOHN GRAY


"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


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PROTEUS AND THE MAGICIAN
The Letters of Henry Miller and John Cowper Powys
(click on image above)


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THE POWYS JOURNAL Volume XX
Digital version available to read online
(click on image above)






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“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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Glastonbury Tor
Dorchester High Street Durdle Door

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