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John Cowper Powys

Often described as one of the great apocalyptic novels of our time, WOLF SOLENT is the story of a young man returning from London to work near to the school at which his father had been history master. Complex, romantic and humorous, it is a classicwork combining a close understanding of man's everyday experience with a delicate awareness of the spiritual.


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John Cowper Powys



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DESCENTS OF MEMORY The Life of John Cowper Powys by Morine Krissdottir

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The Powys Society's Newsletter is published thrice yearly (March, July and November)  and is packed with news, information, reviews, details of forthcoming publications and events, previously unpublished Powys letters, extracts from Powys journals and much more besides. A delightful range of photographs, book jacket images and illustrations embellish its pages. Edited by Kate Kavanagh who is always pleased to receive news and short articles. You can contact Kate here: 

The latest Powys Society NEWSLETTER No 82 (48 pages) published 19 July 2014


The Powys Society NEWSLETTER No.81 published

(52 pages)

March 2014



The Powys Society NEWSLETTER No.80 published

(48 pages)

November 2013

featuring John Cowper and Llewelyn Powys on the cover.

The Powys Society Newsletter NO: 81


The Powys Society Newsletter No. 73

July 2011

Powys Society NEWSLETTER JULY 2011



Chairman's Report

Committee Nominations, 2011-12

AGM 2011

Conference 2011

The Collection

Public Catalogue Foundation

Brighton Meetings, May 2011

Powys Day, Dorchester, May 2011

'Sylphia', by Geoffrey Winch

Heads of JCP by Oloff de Wet

Theodore and his Sisters, letters

'Dropping the pilot on the down'

by M. Skaife d’Ingerthorpe

Two Powys dust-jackets


Notes and Letters

'Solstice Moon over Phudd Hill'

Chydyok update

Chaldon Literary Festival

LIP review of The Sailor's Return

Philippa Powys: a new publication

Review of A Struggle for Life by John Hodgson

Tit-Bits, 1940: a contribution by JCP

'Durdle Door', by Gertrude Powys

The Old Gods, by Patrick Fallon

W. J. Keith: Some thoughts on

William Faulkner

JCP & his publishers, letters 1930-44

A Powysian boating trip in 1863      

Newsletter Editorial No. 73: "The seventy-odd letters between Theodore and his sisters that have found their way into the Collection at Dorchester seem rather a random bunch, largely domestic and with several difficult to date, but they are enough to shed light on their writers. Theodore's letters, even in the well-worn coinage we use to relations (thanks for letters, thanks for presents, health concern, weather) almost always have something of a quirky twist; and in Editor's view (as with JCP's diaries) it is the dailiness of lives that sets off the personalities who live them. A second instalment of letters after the move to Mappowder will be in the November Newsletter.

   Llewelyn reviewing David Garnett's The Sailor's Return continues the Chaldon connection. JCP takes part in a series on writers' religious or non-religious beliefs at the beginning of WW2, commissioned by the editor of Tit-Bits (definitely not to be confused with Ally Sloper); more prosaically he engages in diplomatic exchanges by letter with his publishers, Jonathan Cape. A perceptive review of Porius at its first appearance in 1951 is by the Irish poet Padraic Fallon. Finally, Stephen Powys Marks presents another twig from his family tree, with a cheery account in verse of what sounds a delightful boating excursion - despite trouble with swans, as depicted on our cover — on the Thames, in 1863." (Kate Kavanagh)



The Powys Society Newsletter No. 72

March 2011




Two Powys Days 2011

AGM 2011

Conference 2011

First Powys Lecture in Ireland

News & Notes

Owain Glyndwr's Proclamation

Pageant photographs


   In Hampstead

   Shifting Light

   Revisiting Ashover

   How They Saw It


   Ducdame In Our Time

William Faulkner's review of Ducdame

Powyses and The Dial

   JCP review, 1926

   Llewelyn Powys review, 1925

John and Theodore, 11 Letters, 1925

The Art of Unhappiness


  Revealing King Arthur by Christopher Gidlow

  Literary Somerset by James Crowden

Pollinger Literary Archive


Newsletter Editorial No. 72

'Our two covers illustrate rather different presentations of Ducdame, JCP's fourth, and third published, novel, as it appeared in 1925. Discussion of Ducdame has led to 1925 as the key to Contents this time, with views and reviews of the  book, contemporary and later. This led further to contributions by Powyses to The Dial at that time: John Cowper on the once-so-famous Anatole France (then recently deceased), and Llewelyn on the then young (and still now admired) Edna St Vincent Millay. A year of letters between John and Theodore gives a good idea of their respective care for each other's life-illusions. Tim Blanchard's study of the earlier Rodmoor, as The Art of Unhappiness, makes a suitable preamble to the late 1920s, a time of relatively calm waters for the Powys brothers.

Within The Powys Society, Chris Thomas's inspection of the Pollinger archive reveals a decade (the 1980s) when many plans were proposed and a few achieved. A number of Powys-related books have appeared or are about to, and JCP now has a toe-hold in Ireland. The coming season promises well with meetings in Brighton in May, Dorchester in June, and the August Conference once more in Llangollen with an unusually varied programme led by our new Chairman Timothy Hyman. Many people have contributed to this newsletter and not all are mentioned. Editor is especially grateful for all their suggestions, encouragement and help. Kate Kavanagh





The Powys Society Newsletter No. 71

November 2010



The Conference


Obituaries: Margaret Eaton and Richard Maxwell

My Conference: Geoffrey Winch

Mary Simmonds, Christopher Uren

John Cowper Powys on film by Anthony Head

Llewelyn Powys’s 126th Birthday Party


Llewelyn Powys: ‘Africa’s Wisdom’

Elspeth Huxley: Powyses in Africa

JCP’s Diary, February 1934

JCP to Gerard Casey, letter 1934

Gerard Casey: A Pattern of Memories

Gerard Casey by Timothy Hyman

Mary Casey, two poems from Africa

'Potted Herring' in Chaldon Herring

Reviews: Littleton Powys THE JOY OF IT

Literary Somerset


Christmas Lore and Legend Yuletide Essays by Ll.P

Llewelyn Powys: ‘Cardinal Newman’

A Little Story

Notes & News


Newsletter Editorial No. 71

This Newsletter moves in various directions. As an extension of the Conference "entertainment", on Powyses in Africa, Will Powys is seen by Elspeth Huxley, chronicler of colonial Kenya, by JCP in his diary for a week in 1934, and by Gerard Casey in his "pattern of memories". New books from Sundial have prompted essays on Littleton and Alyse Gregory. LlP -- topically -- is at his most elegant writing about Cardinal Newman; and letters to the Editor give a new dimension to the JCP Experience.


Another very enjoyable conference, with A Glastonbury Romance leading the field -- a single book but spread wide and dug deeply by the speakers. Paul Weston embodied the magic/ occult character of Glastonbury today, a legacy of writers, archaeologists, and explorers of the psyche and the landscape all through the 20th century & continuing.  (This aspect is well described in W. J. Keith's recent book.)  It is a two-way influence, to and from the evocative myth-soaked configuration of hills and floodplain, and the enquiring or receptive minds of those drawn to it. Presided, we may think, by the two modern magi of the West – Freud calling spirits from the vasty deep of the mind, and Jung exploring and connecting human imaginations.


The JCP we know of was well aware of his power to influence minds -- almost wholly benevolent in intention, most would judge, as was his outward later life; but equally aware of malice, mixed motives, and the dangers of dark forces (his mistrust of spiritualism, and of Aleister Crowley, is well known -- and he could underestimate his own influence). He drew on these powers in his fiction, which has brought him into company he might or might not have chosen. (A surreally grotesque Glastonbury murder, described by Paul Weston, could have sprung from the darkest depth of Mr Evans's imagination.) How far can writers be held responsible for what is extracted from them?  Not, perhaps, for later growth-elements such as mind-altering drugs.


Magic, though a feature of the "romantic" quest, was not a problem for our other two speakers on A Glastonbury Romance (Fawkner & O'Hear). The range of human nature taking part in the book, and the patterns or non-patterns of human life as described there, with or without controlling superpowers, are surely enhancements of life .




The Powys Society Newsletter No. 70 - T. F. Powys cover

The Powys Society Newsletter No. 70

July 2010


Chairman’s Report for 2009–2010

Treasurer’s Report & Accounts

Philippa Powys, African poems

Cambridge and Dorchester meetings

A Literary Dinner

The Voice of God: Theodore's Soliloquies of a Hermit

Wisdom of TFP

JCP to Violet (five letters)


Pleasures of Good Books

JCP on Literature

More on Lucifer

Owen Glendower The Seen and the Unseen

Notes & News

JCP to Littleton, 1953

‘The Flute’, a poem by JCP

Buried in Bath


Newsletter Editorial No. 70

Street may seem the more homely brother to Glastonbury (always referred to as She) but has its own interest. A 12th century causeway (strata, paved road -- a Roman road is nearby) was made to transport Blue Lias fossil-filled limestone from its quarries, to repair Glastonbury Abbey after a fire. The town's badge is an ichthyosaurus. St Gildas Sapiens, a historian (c.500-570), may have resided in an oratory here. One Life of St Gildas connects him with Brittany, Rome and Ravenna, another with north Wales, Ireland and Glastonbury. Gildas appears in versions of King Arthur tales, and is the patron of bell founders and Welsh historians. Later associations for Street are with the Society of Friends (Quakers) who started the Clarks sheepskin and footwear business -- their factory now turned into a "Factory Outlet" market. As for Glaston herself, Bill Keith's book is an excellent introduction to the facts of the fiction.

T. F Powys, whose extraordinary Soliloquies of a Hermit takes up a good deal of space in this Newsletter, famously connects metaphysics and the fabulous with homely detail -- the string he mends his fence with, the cast-iron flowers decorating his fireplace. John Cowper, equally famously, mythologises the ordinary, not least  in his letters. Those to Violet over the years must have given some pleasure (pace Theodora -- though the threat of being pounced on by an over-brotherly JCP must have been disturbing). Those to Littleton in their old age, three or four words to a line, come to resemble free verse. Why do we write letters, apart from conveying information? "To promote kindness" perhaps, as Dr Johnson said about small-talk at dinner parties.

It is good news that the committee has once again rearranged itself amicably. John Hodgson has been a lovely chairman, calm and practical, and always interesting. He and Chris Thomas, a mine of information and internet-expertise, have been endlessly helpful and patient with this often scatterbrained Editor, for which much thanks.

Two puzzles. Can anyone identify (1) the emblem badge described by TFP (in 1916): "Just now I wear a badge of an order of Socialism [...] I looked at my badge and wondered what it meant by having an arrow, the sun and the world upon it." (Soliloquies p.11)

(2) the epigraph to Anthony O'Hear's Great Books: 'To read great books does not mean one becomes 'bookish'; it means that something of the terrible insight of Dostoyevsky, of the richly-charged imagination of Shakespeare, of the luminous wisdom of Goethe, actually passes into the personality of the reader...'



Among the highlights of the 44 page March 2010 issue of The Powys Society Newsletter (No.69): Two Powys Days; full details of this year's forthcoming Conference and its speakers; further letters between T. F. Powys and Lady Ottoline Morrell; Hardy Society Invitation; Margaret to JCP letters; 'The Catholic'; JCP - 'In Memoriam, George Tyrrell'; 'The stone God of Phudd' - Patrick Quigley goes on a literary pilgrimage; James Douglas Battles with An Atheist; How an artist used John Cowper Powys; ... and more!

Among the highlights of the 48 page November 2009 issue of The Powys Society Newsletter (No.68): 'Lucifer, Keats and Paganism'; JCP's Preface to Lucifer; 'Drinks, drugs and defiance in the novels of John Cowper Powys' by Tim Blanchard, Letters between T. F. Powys and Lady Ottoline Morrell; a report on this year's Conference by Kate Kavanagh; 'Conference Walks' by Chris Thomas; an account of the 'Llewelyn Walk: 125th Anniversary' by Chris Gostick; an essay by Llewelyn Powys and 'A Letter from England' by Alyse Gregory.


Among the highlights of the 52 page July 2009 issue of The Powys Society Newsletter (No.67), are articles on Powys and Sufism, John Cowper Powys in Los Angeles, the aristocrat and poet Alfred de Kantzow, letters from Peter Powys Grey (only son of Marian Powys) to Mary (his cousin) and Gerard Casey, two letters from JCP to his great-nephew Stephen Powys Marks, labyrinths, poems, reports and 'The Greatest Novelist in the World'.

T. F. Powys and Lady Ottoline Morrell

Among the highlights of the 50 page March 2009 issue of The Powys Society Newsletter (No.66), are articles on T. F. Powys and Lady Ottoline Morrell (with photos) by Chris Thomas, Llewelyn and Naomi Mitchinson by Susan Rands, 'JCP, Anarchism & Max Stirner' by David Goodway, 'Thomas Hardy and His Times' by John Cowper Powys, and a review of Professor Keith's Aspects of John Cowper Powys's Owen Glendower by Sonia Lewis. Featured on the front cover is a photo of Theodore Francis Powys and Lady Ottoline Morrell (1936) in East Chaldon.

Newsletter Editorial

March 2009

Langollen beckons again from its dim violet valley (see the verse on page 8, translated by our former Chairman's grandfather). Cloudless or Cimmerian this tme? A selection of Porius-themed walks is planned, and talks ranging from Dostoievsky to Tea.

The Newsletter brings one into interesting paths: our cover picture having led to he sympathetic biography of Ottoline Morrell by Miranda Seymour, Lady O's Bloomsbury caricature is now replaced by a charming eccentric sympathetic & generous woman, whose extravagant self-created persona, part actress part cultural missionary, really did help and inspire two generations of creative artists. TFP would seem the world's least likely person to be persuaded to visit her bohemian country-house salon at Garsington, but OM clearly recognised his wisdom and integrity. She may well have yearned for a friend who would have sympathised with her unconventional religious feelings - and who could be relied on not to gossip maliciously behind tier back. We hope to see their letters one day.

Llewelyn's famous charm is nowhere more evident than in flirtatious letters like those to Naomi Mitchison. JCP appears in different aspects: as philosophical anarchist through most of his life; in Corwen after the War ('deep as a Welsh pool', as Stevie Smith described him); and twenty years earlier as journalist in America, producing what must have been a quickly-written tribute after the death of Hardy, craftily tailored to a magazine of history. On the technical side we have interesting insights into the realm of Digitization, and names given to the exotic machines which we see carrying the young Phyllis with her little Playter niece - ending with letters from Phyllis to this niece in later life. (Kate Kavanagh)


Two Meetings  

AGM notice, Committee Nominations and Conference Programme       

Engravings for Uncle Dottery      

The Powys Society Collection      

Meeting Llewelyn           

Olden Llangollen: Two views       

Obituaries: Janet Pollock (Stephen Powys Marks, Glen Cavaliero, Peter J. Foss, Frank Warren)   

A Silent Place    

T.F.Powys and Lady Ottoline Morrell     

T.F.Powys to Elizabeth Wade White

'On Chaldon Down', R. B. Russell

Llewelyn Powys to Naomi Mitchison    

Notes and Letters          

'Obstinate Cymric' Discussion meeting, Nov 29th     

A Sense of Direction      

Bela Hamvas and John Cowper Powys    

John Cowper Powys, Anarchism & Max Stirner     

'Thomas Hardy & his Times', by John Cowper Powys


An Elephant in the Library

Horseless Carriages        


You can also view the useful NEWSLETTER FINDING AID compiled by Stephen Powys Marks by visiting the page here.


The small selection of articles from Newsletters below is currently being updated and expanded so do check back.


JCP OWEN GLENDOWER The Seen and the Unseen by P.J. Kavanagh

The Voice of God: Theodore's Soliloquies of a Hermit by Michael Kowalewski

Drink, drugs and defiance in the novels of John Cowper Powys - A talk by Tim Blanchard

T.F. Powys’s Favourite Bookseller, the Story of Charles Lahr by Chris Gostick

Llewelyn Walk 2009 -125th Anniversary

Lucifer at Hampstead

Lucifer, Keats and Paganism

Peter J Foss: Discovering the Powyses

John Cowper Powys: On writing 'A Glastonbury Romance'

Llewelyn Powys: The Religion of Poetry

Louis Wilkinson on Llewelyn Powys 

David Gervais: T.F. Powys's 'Fables'  

Glen Cavaliero: Revisiting JCP: Novelist (1973)

Theodora Scutt: Uncle Littleton (Littleton Powys)

Cicely Hill reviews 'The Blackthorn Winter' by Philippa Powys

John Cowper Powys: The Magic of Detachment 

John Williams reviews 'Selected Early Works of T.F. Powys'

Rafael Squirru: The Ichthyian Leap – or the duty of happiness

John Hodgson reviews 'The Art of Forgetting the Unpleasant' and 'Powys on Hardy'

Kate Kavanagh revisits 'After My Fashion'

John Williams: A lecture on T.F. Powys

Glen Cavaliero: Llewelyn Powys's Diary for 1908

John Hodgson: T.F. Powys in Russia

Eunice Theaker: The poems of John Cowper Powys

Marko Gregorić: Impressions (Conference 2007)

Will Durant: Adventures in Genius

Cicely Hill: 'The Ridge' and the Other

John Dunn reviews 'Powys and Emma Goldman' edited by David Goodway pub. by Cecil Woolf

Marcella Henderson-Peal reviews 'The Letters of John Cowper Powys and Dorothy Richardson'

Chris Gostick on Llewelyn’s Birthday Meeting 2008

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