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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