Past Conferences: 2003

Cymric Spaces — John Cowper Powys in Wales

The Conference was held at the Hand Hotel, Llangollen, Friday 29 August to Sunday 31 August 2003.

Conference Report

the Hand Hotel from the Dee
The Hand Hotel seen from the River Dee

Among the line-up of participants was a number of distinguished figures including our Vice-Chairman David Goodway, who spoke on 'A cult of the sensations: John Cowper Powys's life-philosophy and anarchist individualism' ; while Professor Charles Lock spoke on Celtic Voices, Celtic Spaces, a lecture which focussed on Owen Glendower and Porius. W.J. (Bill) Keith, formerly Professor of English at Toronto University also spoke on Porius and Professor Harald Fawkner of Stockholm University spoke on J.C. Powys and the Nuclear Properties of Non-Subjective Objects.

There was a turn-out of around 45 members at what proved to be a lively, happy, stimulating and thoroughly Powysian weekend. 


Friday 29 August

Afternoon: arrival.
Informal Welcome Reception
Welcome from the Chairman
David Goodway: ‘A Cult of the Sensations: John Cowper Powys’s life-philosphy and anarchic individualism’

Saturday 30 August

Jeremy Hooker: ‘Utopian Powys’
Charles Lock: ‘Celtic Voices, Celtic Spaces’ (focussing on Owen Glendower and Porius)
Afternoon excursion
W.J. Keith: on Porius
Entertainment devised by Chris Wilkinson: ‘Llewelyn, Alyse, and Gamel’

Sunday 31 August

Harald Fawkner: ‘John Cowper Powys and the Nuclear Properties of Non-subjective Objects’
End of Conference


Images from the Weekend

Here are a few photos taken by the Chairman - please feel free to download any of them:

David Goodway
The opening lecture from David Goodway
Harald Fawkner
Professor Harald Fawkner
Patricia Dawson and Charles Lock
Patricia Dawson talking with Charles Lock
Stephen Powys Marks and Belinda Humfrey
Stephen Powys Marks in conversation with Belinda Humfrey
Timothy Hyman and W.J. Keith
Timothy Hyman with Professor Keith
Chris Wilkinson and actress who played Gamel Woolsey
Chris Wilkinson with the actress who played Gamel Woolsey
Richard Graves and W.J. KeithSonia Lewis and Lorna FisherDavid Goodway
Richard Perceval Graves, Professor Keith, Sonia Lewis, Lorna Fisher,Glen Cavaliero and our cameraman