Monday, July 25, 2016

Link to website for a terrific conference just concluded in York July 20-23 2016

David Jones, "Mother of the West", Laing Art Gallery Newcastle
(logo for the conference on David Jones: Dialogues with the Past)

I'm just back from the York conference, David Jones: Dialogues with the Past  -- providing the link here because I know that recordings and other material from the conference will be posted on the site soon.
I have also  posted some personal reflections on my own blog at    I'm sure there will many more good ongoing conversations that will emerge from this gathering!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

David Jones Society News June 2016

Dear Friends - I've been long in updating this blog but there is so much going on this summer in the David Jones World.   I'm including here the poster for the upcoming conference David Jones: Dialogues with the past - more info is at  Do note the posting of papers from the 2012 "Culture and Artifice" conference now at

Here's the newsletter from Anne Price-Owen and the David Jones Society!

David Jones Society News
 (June 2016)
The WNO Opera adaption of In Parenthesis will open at the Royal Opera House (London), on Wednesday June 30 and Friday 1 July: for information on the WNO’s storyline, and tickets follow the link below:

For those who cannot attend the opera live, there are screenings in several towns in Wales: In Parenthesis will be streamed on The Opera Platform at 7pm 1 July, and then available to view online for free for six months. To find out more, please click here. Or go to:

In Parenthesis will also be screened at selected venues across Wales
(click on names for links with information about each location):

POSTPONED: ‘Starlight Order’ planned for 6 July at The Art Workers Guild, Queen’s Square, London, will not now take place until later in the year. If you’d like more information, please email me.

Elizabeth Haines, resident artist of the DJS has attended a number of rehearsals with the WNO, and has created a portfolio of wonderfully resonant watercolours and drawings of the orchestra and action. These are currently being bound into sketchbook format, and will be available soon to purchase. To order a copy, or for more information, contact Elizabeth at:

Pleased to announce that a collection of essays on David Jones (and a catalogue to the exhibition by Brad Haas) from our 2012 conference "Culture and Artifice" are now up in the latest edition of Flashpoint online magazine at
Essays by Gregory Baker, Jasmine Hunter-Evans, Tom Goldpaugh, Paul Robichaud, Kathleen Henderson Staudt, Malcolm Guite, Tom Dilworth and an excerpt from a talk by Bill Blissett. Enjoy!

Currently, at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, Words of War: Conflict in Welsh Literature will be extended to 30 July: it includes a manuscript draft of In Parenthesis and two illustrations by David Jones, namely Beird Byt Barnant and Cara Wallia Derelicta

On 2 July at the National Library of Wales, an exhibition titled Mametz, showcasing stunning photographs of Mametz Wood by Aled Rhys Hughes alongside various sound recordings, works by the poet David Jones and other audio visual items from the National Library of Wales Collection,’ will open. It will run until 3 December. Many of the DJS members will remember Aled’s former contributions to The David Jones Journals when he was the Photographic Editor. He and Anne Price-Owen will be in conversation in the Library on 7 September, presenting 'Two perspectives on David Jones'/'Dwy olwg ar David Jones'. Anyone attending this event can stay on at the Library in order to see the video of the opera, In Parenthesis. See

At the Chapel at Ladywell cemetery, close to where David Jones is buried, Valerie Doultons Live Literature, similar to that in the attachment for the BM Live Literature event on 7 July, will be perfomed at the Chapel on Sunday 10 July. For more information, please contact with the subject headline “In Parenthesis Ladywell”.

On 19 July, Thomas Dilworth will present an illustrated lecture to celebrate the Coleridge in Wales initiative, spearheaded by Richard Parry, on The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, courtesy of the David Jones Centre of Modernism. The lecture will take place in Y Drym, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, at 2.00pm. The exhibitions Words of War and Mametz may be visited then too.

And then, the international 3-day conference, David Jones: Dialogues with the Past is on at York University from 21 – 23 July. If you haven’t registered yet, do it NOW: To register for the conference, see our "registration" page:
If you have any questions please contact us at:

Finally, St Phillips Books latest catalogue is out: for details go to

All best wishes for a David Jones bumper summer,

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Conference in Oxford this September

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In case North American DJ scholars haven't heard - here is info about the David Jones conference
in Oxford this fall.  More info at

Perhaps we'll see one another there!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

David Jones Film now available for online viewing

I have just heard from producer-director Adam Alive that the second David Jones film, "David Jones Between the Wars:  The Years of Achievement", is now available online at David Jones Films.  This is the second of a series of 3 films by writer-director Derek Shiel.  The first two are up on the website:  
In Search of David Jones: Artist, Soldier, Poet (2008) explores Jones’s early artistic development, his time in the First World War trenches and his becoming a poet.

and now
 David Jones Between the Wars: The Years of Achievement (2012) celebrates his artistic and literary achievements during the interwar years.

More word soon on the third film.  

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Christmas Letter from David Jones Society.

Here is a Christmas Letter from Anne Price-Owen from the David Jones Society based in the UK.  Note that it includes information on subscribing to to the David Jones Society.  Thanks, Anne, for this comprehensive account of David Jones Society activities this past year.

Dear friends
It’s been a surprisingly busy year for the DJS, with all sorts of events going on in addition to all kind of plans being made to commemorate the centenary of the Great War, in 2014.
The first celebratory activity this year was the completion and showing of Derek Shiel’s second film concerning the life and work of DJ: David Jones Between the Wars: the years of achievement. Many members have had a chance to see the film when Derek toured it to a number of venues around the country: and indeed, there are more screenings scheduled into 2013. If anyone wishes to screen the film next year, then please contact the DJS. As has already been communicated, copies of this film cannot be distributed to members, although we have a few copies of Derek’s first film, In Search of David Jones: Artist, Soldier, Poet. However, thanks to the excellent website that our friends at foblc (see below), the first film can now be accessed from the foblc website:
Mike Guilfoyle (foblc), has contributed some very gratifying comments. Adam Alive, co-director of David Jones Between the Wars, kindly drew my attention to Foblc’s website, which includes more news on DJ celebrations in 2014.
   The highlight of the DJS was the 3-day international interdisciplinary conference, Culture and Artifice organized by Brad Hass and Kathleen Henderson Staudt, at Washington Adventist University, 28-20 March. Since then, Brad has found a publisher who is interested in publishing the papers from the Conference. This is good news, for although we try to publish papers in the DJJ, the circulation of the latter means that the wider public are often unaware of new and exciting discoveries concerning DJ, his life and work. Kathy has devised a DJS N.America website, and has been uploading material.
Another event which bodes well for increasing scholarship related to DJ is the establishment of The David Jones Centre at Aberystwyth University. The Centre will provide a new arena for research in two interrelated domains: the relation between word and image, as well as modernism and its legacy in Wales. Two PhD students focused their presentations on DJ, with highly original material being brought to light for the first time.
We are grateful to the Friends (foblc) of Brockley & Ladywell Cemeteries who co-organized a one day seminar, the theme of which was Borders, in the Dissenters’ Chapel at Ladywell Cemetery where DJ is buried. Apart from showing sites of interest in the vicinity, the Friends, who provided refreshments, also gave us a tour of the graveyard.
The next day in nearby Rotherhithe, the DJ Walk, which took in a large numbers of sites that inspired place-names and other references in DJ’s poetry, was a great success and, despite the incessant rain, the walkers enjoyed societal camaraderie. We visited many of the places on the itinerary, taking account of DJ’s childhood haunts and early life, but abandoned our plans to take a ferry back to central London, in the rain! This walk was initially inspired by Martin Haggerty, who was responsible for the first walk in Rotherhithe, and we are also indebted to Juliet Johnston & Vivian Wright for their in-depth research and careful organization of this event.
Vivian Wright is well-known as the Leader of the DJ Harrow Walk, and is hoping to arrange another Harrow walk next year. This should prepare us for events that are currently in the pipeline for the anniversary of the Great War in Harrow, in 2014. Artist Jonathan Hutchins is spearheading this proposal, and has already gained support from the Leader of Harrow Council, Bill Stephenson, who has received a letter of support from one of The DJS’s most distinguished members, +Archbishop Rowan Williams.
As we are all aware, +Rowan will son be standing down from his arduous position as Head of the Church of England and the Anglican Church. His tenure has been anything but smooth, yet he has been a guide and a shepherd whose sincere integrity has been driven by godly wisdom. In following his conscience he has the courage to voice his convictions, in spite of turbulent opposition. We wish him every success, and a peaceful transition to his new appointment in Cambridge in 2013.
Jonathan Hutchins would welcome any proposals that might advance the commemorations in Harrow, which include obtaining a DJ blue plaque in 2014. If you would like to contribute to the think tank, then you can contact Jonathan at
With 2014 in mind, it is hoped to re-publish David Jones: A Fusilier at the Front (formerly published by Seren in 1995). The 1995 edition is incomplete in the number of drawings in this volume, and Derek Shiel has been asked to write a new commentary on the 2013-14 edition which will consist of all 86 sketches. We also hope to exhibit these works in total, and if anyone can suggest a gallery which might hang this exhibition, then please contact the DJS.
As Christmas is almost upon us, I can recommend some cards and presents you may wish to consider. The first is Thomas Dilworth’s latest well-informed contribution to DJ studies, David Jones in the Great War (Enitharmon, 2012), £15.00, ISBN: 978 1 907587-24-5. It’s a wonderful complement to what we already know of DJ’s situation in the Great War. Apart from offering us new perspectives on DJ, the text is lavishly illustrated with photographs of DJ, as well as artworks, including an endpaper with a reproduction of early drafts from In Parenthesis. What’s more, among the people to whom Tom dedicates his book is our enthusiastic, erstwhile honorary president, Prof William Blissett. But don’t just take my word for it – get a copy for yourself. You will not be disappointed.
Monnow Valley Arts has added a number of new greetings cards to its portfolio, and you will doubtless find some of interest by going to
If anyone is in the vicinity of Cardiff over the next season, then visit the National Museum of Wales to see the Artist in Focus show featuring Jonah Jones(1919-2004). He was a great admirer of DJ, and his lettering in particular, may be viewed almost as a tribute to our poet-painter. 7 Dec – 4 April 2013. And in Chapter Arts Centre, the intriguing exhibition of Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan, A Tool for the Making of Signs, features two pieces by David Jones: the watercolour, Chalice with Flowers & Seal(1950), and artist Kathryn Ashill reciting The Hunt(1965), 7 Dec- 24 Feb., 2013.
Finally, some exciting news concerning the David Jones Society: its website and Journal.
I am indebted to ‘Jason And Becky’ who are currently orchestrating the DJS website. I shall take great delight in informing you all as soon as we go live. The website domain has been purchased: I am supplying the designers with material, but also welcome any ideas you may have that will enhance the website.
And finally, we have another co-editor for the Journal. Sarah Williams prompted me to fast-forward the next DJJ, and offered to help edit and collate the contributions I’ve received over the last 4 years! (Frightening, isn’t it!) I am deeply grateful to Sarah and have pleasure in reporting that the next Journal should be with you in March 2013. Following on from the Spring issue, the following journal will be devoted to War, as we have plenty of material on the subject. Given the fact that 2014 is almost in sight, that issue will be on the topic of War. Accordingly, we welcome further contributions on the subject for consideration in the 2013-14 edition.
As you are aware, requests for subscriptions to the DJS have been put on hold owing to the fact that I haven’t published a journal since 2007!  (However, I trust you will be grateful for the ‘extras’ I have included in your postbags when I have sent out the DJ Xmas newsletters.) Accordingly, I now put out a call for subscriptions to the DJS to cover 2012-13. The cost of joining the DJS remains a paltry £20.00pp, corporate membership is £40.00. For that, members will receive a copy of the Journal and hard copies of newsletters and any other material about events and activities relating to the DJS. If you do not join the DJS, you will still be informed of DJS activities by email, but will not receive the Journals, or any hard copy. For anyone paying in Euros, please pay E36 & make your cheques out to Anne Price-Owen, so that there will be no bank charges on changing currency. For those living elsewhere, may I suggest you change your own currency into £pounds sterling and post the cash to the DJS. Alternatively, if you are paying in $US, then the cost is 45$US, which should cover bank charges. For anyone insisting on paying by Visa, then please contact me so that we may come to a mutually beneficial arrangement.

In the cold days of winter, Accendat in Nobis Dominvs Ignem svi Amoris [may the Lord enkindle in us the fire of His love …]
And all best wishes for a Happy and Blessed Christmas, and a peaceful 2013.


I wish to join/continue membership of The David Jones Society 2012-13, and enclose a cheque/cash for £20.00, payable to the DJS.





Sunday, November 11, 2012

Update on Armistice Day

Dear friends I have been very slow in updating this website and as a result have much to report. I intended to post on November 1 in honor of David Jones's birthday but now we are at November 11, Armistice Day, and another day important to Jones. I will begin with the most recent information and work my way back.

 1. Derek Shiel's first film is now available for viewing through a weblink. I have this email from Adam Alive, Derek Shiel's collaborator on the first and second films.   The first documentary film in a trilogy commissioned by the David Jones Society, In Search of David Jones: Artist, Soldier, Poet can be viewed, freely, online at: (or you can try googling 'dailymotion' and then enter 'in search of david jones'). Images of David Jones, his numerous war drawings and other works are interwoven with footage of First World War battle-sites as we hear about his time in the trenches, his work with the artist Eric Gill, his spiritual development and the writing of his epic war poem 'In Parenthesis'. Contributors include Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, Gillian Clarke, National Poet of Wales, art critic Richard Cork and writer Owen Sheers. Running time 49 minutes. The second film, David Jones Between the Wars: The Years of Achievement celebrates his artistic and literary achievements during the interwar years and, again, includes Rowan Williams along with art historians Paul Hills and Frances Spalding. Screening at arts and cultural venues in the UK until March 2013, it should then be available online by the early summer, subject to finance for reproduction licences. The third film David Jones: Innovation and Consolidation is currently in production.

 2. David Jones: Culture and Artifice, the conference last April in Washington,, was a great success. We heard talks from Bill Blissett, Anne Price-Owen, Tom Dilworth, Paul Robichaud, Kathleen Staudt, Jasmine Hunter-Evans, Nora Delaney, Tom Durham, and Fr. Johhn David Ramsey. Brad Haas, who directs the Honors Program at Washington Adventist University, worked to organize the conference, in some consultation with me as the other local Washington person. A highlight was an evening of jazz and reading that featured a fabulous reading by Tom Durham. A gallery show featuring book illustrations from Brad's (and some from John David Ramsey's) collections gave many of us a chance to see works we hadn't seen firsthand before. And we were blessed with the attendance of a number of very engaged undergraduate students from the University. We are hoping to publish some of the papers from the conference in the future and I've been in touch with people individually about that. More soon!

3. Anne Price-Owen reports on a number of gatherings of the David Jones society in the UK this past fall, with a few members of the North American branch in attendance. I was sorry to miss the Inaugural conference launching the David Jones Center at the University of Wales Aberystwyth. See more on this at The David Jones Society in the UK also hosted a walk through Rotherhithe in late September.

 4.Facebook Group: "Venator Formarum" I want to make sure everyone is aware of the facebook page, "Venator Formarum, the David Jones exchange. Available here if you're on facebook. Tom Goldpaugh reports in that thread that he has posted on an expanded version of his Washington paper, "David Jones: Toward a Eucharistic Theory of Art." Read it here.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

David Jones: Culture and Artifice --Conference Information

All the important information about the upcoming conference on David Jones:Culture and Artifice is now available online at The conference, to be held at Washington Adventist Uniiversity March 29-30, will include an art exhibit, academic papers and discussions, a poetry reading, and the North American premiere of the film "David Jones between the Wars: The Years of Achievement" a new feature length documentary by Derek Shiel and Adam Alive.