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TFP The Voice of God by Michael Kowalewski

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


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

Descents of Memory

The Life of

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COLLECTIONS  In addition to the Powys Society’s own Collection there are a number of other literary archives containing primary documents by the Powyses disbursed among both UK and USA institutions and university libraries. The Society's Hon. Secretary, Chris Thomas, has complied a meticulously researched and comprehensive Powys Webliography.

The following three links list Powys books currently available online:

John Cowper Powys Internet Archive

Theodore Powys Internet Archive

Llewelyn Powys Internet Archive

NEW The National Library of Wales has a rich and extensive collection of his manuscripts, which includes literary drafts and correspondence.  It also holds a complete run of his diaries, from 1929 to 1961. Read John Cowper Powys's diary for 1939 on the Digital Mirror pages at the National Library of Wales


"A completely new type of human being...Porius"

Part I: Historical fiction and the Anachronism of Consciousness

John Cowper Powys and Modern Consciousness

Part II: Porius and Pre-Modern Consciousness

The Wholeness of Self

The Self and the Not-Self


Part III: Porius and the Evolution of Modern Consciousness

Incident 1: The Cewri

Incident 2: Above the tree line

Incident 3: The Life Illusion

Read this fascinating article at The Lectern 


FABER FINDS, an imprint of Faber & Faber, has made eight of John Cowper Powys’s novels available again using print on-demand technology (Wood and Stone, Ducdame, Rodmoor, After My Fashion, Morwyn, Atlantis, The Brazen Head and The Inmates). Recently added to the JCP reissue programme is Autobiography. Please click here for more information.

A Writer's Dorset: A Writer's Gallery at The Dorset County Museum. The gallery explores the lives and work of Dorset writers from Anglo Saxon times to the twentieth century. Amongst the twentieth century literary figures to be found in the gallery's final room are three members of the remarkable Powys family. The Powys Archive, on loan to the Museum, is also housed in its own room (The Powys Collection).  

The Sundial Press is an independent publisher with a programme of reprints of early-twentieth-century books with new introductions, including works by Alyse Gregory (Hester Craddock and King Log & Lady Lea), Llewelyn Powys (two volumes of Wessex Essays and CHRISTMAS LORE AND LEGEND Yuletide Essays), Theodore Powys (Unclay and Kindness in a Corner), Philippa Powys (The Blackthorn Winter and Sorrel Barn & The Tragedy of Budvale) and Littleton Powys (The Joy Of It) plus The Sailor's Return by David Garnett (with a previously omitted chapter and an Introduction by J. Lawrence Mitchell) and the previously unpublished Patterns on the Sand by Gamel Woolsey (with an Introduction by Barbara Ozieblo). Other than novels by contemporary authors, all Sundial's books have introductions by distinguished scholars and their website can be visited here.

The Brynmill Press has issued several important previously unpublished works by T.F. Powys - 'Father Adam' (1990) - 'The Market Bell' (1991) - 'Mock’s Curse' (1995) - 'The Sixpenny Strumpet' (1997) - 'Selected Early Works' (2005) - as well as a memoir 'Cuckoo in The Powys Nest' by T.F.Powys's adopted daughter, Theodora Scutt, and 'T. F. POWYS Aspects of a Life' by J. Lawrence Mitchell.

Jacqueline Peltier's A Powys Website. Includes a 'virtual visit' to Weymouth Sands, and pages on John Cowper Powys in America'.  Jacqueline is also the editor of la lettre powysienne issued in the spring and autumn of each year.

'Little Blue Books' The Haldeman-Julius series of "Little Blue Books" sported some 10 titles by John Cowper Powys, 2 titles by Llewelyn Powys, and a title translated from French by Phyllis Playter. A site of interest for Powysians and those who wish more in-depth information regarding Emanuel Haldeman-Julius and his Little Blue Books. Visit

Crescent Moon Publishing have issued six volumes of essays on John Cowper Powys:

·         Amorous Life: John Cowper Powys and the Manifestation of Affectivity by H.W. Fawkner

·         Rethinking Powys: Critical Essays on John Cowper Powys edited and introduced by Jeremy Robinson

·         Postmodern Powys by Joe Boulter  

·         Thomas Hardy and John Cowper Powys: Wessex Revisited by Jeremy Robinson

·         Sensualism and Mythology: The Wessex Novels of John Cowper Powys by Jeremy Robinson

·         The Ecstasies of John Cowper Powys by A.P. Seabright

The Derbyshire Powyses - Britain's most accomplished literary family. The Forgotten Roots of Britain's most accomplished Literary Family.

Richard Perceval Graves is the author of several acclaimed biographies, including The Brothers Powys and was Chairman of The Powys Society from 2001-2005. Here you will also find details of two Powys lectures especially suitable for VI-forms or Undergraduate Societies. 

The Swedish John Cowper Powys Society issues a regular bilingual newsletter, arranges a yearly seminar and  is administered by Olof Björner.

John Cowper Powys in Sussex. A web site worth looking at the early years of JCP's adult life in Sussex, compiled by Kieran McCann. 

A review of A Philosophy of Solitude by John Cowper Powys. JCP's best non-fiction book?

The Thomas Hardy Society’s Website - to promote the novelist and poet’s works for both education and enjoyment. It is for scholars, students, readers, enthusiasts and anyone with an interest in Thomas Hardy.

The Sylvia Townsend Warner Society - to promote a wide readership for and a better understanding of the writings of Sylvia Townsend Warner.

The Chaldon Herring village website: 

A Dorothy Richardson Society has recently been formed.

The OSCHOLARS Library: An Electronic Journal for the Exchange of Information on Current Research, Publications and Productions concerning Oscar Wilde and His Worlds. Amongst the wealth of information on this fascinating site, you can read John Cowper Powys’s Introduction (“… our commercialised life has grown so monstrously ungracious.”) to Wilde’s The Soul of Man under Socialism.

     BLOGS A number of these featuring John Cowper Powys are emerging on the internet and we list a small selection on this page.

The daemonic genius of John Cowper Powys An appraisal of A Glastonbury Romance "his astounding novel" by Paul Weston, author of Mysterium Artorius and speaker at the Powys Society's 2010 Conference.

The Imaginary Museum Who’s Afraid of John Cowper Powys? which you can visit here.

Descriptedlines  “Not without caution do I place my first step into John Cowper Powys’s town of Glastonbury.” Some thoughts on JCP's novel by Amber Paulen



My First Powys Society Conference


"Spent the weekend in Llangollen attending the Powys Society Conference and it has been one of the most enjoyable weekends this year.  Having not previously attended, my partner and I did not know what to expect and arrived at the hotel on Friday afternoon feeling that mixture of excitement, anticipation and nervousness that accompanies us all when doing things for the first time.  However …" (read more here).





Booksellers in the UK who stock Powys titles

Clearwater Books, 213b Devonshire Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 3NJ
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Peter Ellis, 18 Cecil Ccourt, London WC2N 4HE
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John and Stella Birchall, High Barn Books, High Barn, Rabbit Lane, Gressingham, Lancaster LA2 8LP
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Dafydd Timothy, Siop y Morfa, C/O Blaen y Coed, Fford Derwen, Y Rhyl, Denbighshire LL18 LTR
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Julian Nangle, Fordington, Dorchester
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Peter Kettle, The Booksniffer, Applewood, Grove Hill, Hellingly, E Sussex, BN27 4HG

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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.


John Cowper Powys

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Mr Weston's Good Wine is the unusual tale of the struggle between the forces of good and evil in a small Dorset village. Its action is limited to one winter's evening when Time stands still and the bitter-sweet gift of awareness falls upon a dozen memorable characters. During the book a child knocked down by his car is miraculously brought back to life; the sign 'Mr Weston's Good Wine' lights up the sky; and the villagers soon discover that the wine he sells is no ordinary wine.


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