Past Events Archive: 2023

Sunday 13 August 2023 — Llewelyn Powys Birthday Walk

The Llewelyn Birthday Walk & the annual gathering of the Dandelion Fellowship will take place on Sunday August 13th, meeting at 12 noon at the Sailor’s Return in East Chaldon.

All welcome. For enquiries & information contact Neil Lee-Atkin at

Saturday 22 April 2023 — A meeting to discuss Chapter 4, Hell’s Museum, from JCP’s novel Weymouth Sands led by Sonia Lewis.

Weymouth Sands
Venue: The Old Fire Engine House,25 St. Mary’s Street, Ely, Cambridgeshire.
11:00 am to 4:00 pm (with lunch break)

All are welcome. The event is free with the exception of lunch which is optional and may be taken in the restaurant at the venue. A contribution towards the cost of refreshments is voluntary. If you wish to participate please e-mail Hon. Secretary.

At the beginning of Chapter 4 of Weymouth Sands we meet Richard Gaul, one of JCP’s philosophical characters: Mr Gaul was a dodging and debouching youth dedicated to remain poor. Gaul’s ‘philosophy of representation’ may perhaps have been inspired by Schopenhauer’s The World as Will and Representation. Like Schopenhauer Gaul studies world religions and the psychology of human instincts. He also provides the ending for the novel:… she handed him the stone which had been in the Jobber’s pocket so long… “It’s for my old friend, Mr Gaul. It will keep the Philosophy of Representation from blowing away!”  JCP makes good use of locations in Weymouth, evoking the places he had known in his childhood, such as the bow windowed houses of Brunswick Terrace. Richard Gaul lives on the top story of one of these houses. This chapter provides opportunities for JCP to explore his observation of the details of everyday things such as his description of the grey level of the sea’s horizon. We also meet Daniel Brush and his pathological institution, Hell’s Museum, a place for insane people and a symbol of JCP’s loathing for scientific materialism, his fear of vivisection and scientific experiments. JCP describes Magnus Muir’s approach to the sanitarium:  He could not resist his sick aversion and distaste. The chapter concludes with Magnus Muir and Curly Wix meeting amidst the ancient grassy ramparts of the prehistoric Camp of Maiden Castle whilst below them on the Dorchester Road can be heard the sound of a very modern car-horn:  Tirra-lirra! Tirra-lirra!


Chris Thomas, Hon Secretary

Monday 27 March 2023 — Zoom Discussion of JCP’s Porius by the Reading Powyses Facebook Group

At 19:00 BST (GMT+1)
All those wishing to participate in the ZOOM discussion please e-mail Dawn Collins at
ZOOM connection details will be emailed to individuals well before the meeting

PoriusAs previously, all are welcome either as contributors or as spectators.

All are invited to our reread of Porius the final major novel of John Cowper Powys. He considered it to be “the chief work of my lifetime.”

We will be reading the complete and edited version published by Overlook Duckworth 2007.

This edition is avalable as an eBook, published by the Powys Society in 2019.