Dr. Elizabeth Powell will be giving a talk titled 'The Art of the Incarnate Word and David Jones' Painted Inscriptions' for the Christian Theology Senior Seminar, University of Cambridge, on Wednesday 30 May, 14:30-16:00, Lightfoot Room, Faculty of Divinity. If you plan to come please email Andrew Davidson (email@example.com). All welcome.
A new volume of previously unpublished prose by David Jones, edited by Kathleen Staudt, Anne Price-Owen and Tom Berenato is now available for pre-order. For more information see:
Poet and long time friend of the David Jones Society Hilary Davies will be offering a one-day course on 'The Poet as Priest: David Jones' at Sarum College on Friday 11 May. For a description of the course and further information visit the college website:
The David Jones Research Center at Washington Adventist University (Takoma Park, MD) was officially opened on 1 March 2018. As described on its webpage: 'this center is devoted to the study of the works of the poet and artist David Jones and associated subjects. Its mission is to:
The Center will hold an inaugural seminar 7-8 June, 2018 to discuss the current state of Jones Studies and the directions it could take. Paper proposals are due 7 April. For more information about the Center and the inaugural seminar CFP, see the Center's webpage:
The New Poetics of Climate Change: Modern Aesthetics for a Warming World,
Matthew Griffiths (Bloomsbury, 2017)
From the Bloomsbury website: 'Climate change is the greatest issue of our time – and yet too often literature on the subject is considered only in the bracket of 'environmental' writing, divorced from culture, society and politics. The New Poetics of Climate Change argues instead that the emergence of global warming presents a fundamental challenge to the way we read and write poetry – the way we think – in the modern age.
In this important new book, Matthew Griffiths demonstrates that Modernism's radical reinvigorations of literary form over the last century represent an engagement with key intellectual questions that we still need to address if we are to comprehend the scale and complexity of climate change. Through an extended examination of Modernist poetry, including the work of T. S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens, Basil Bunting and David Jones, and their influence on present-day poets including Jorie Graham, Griffiths explores how Modernist modes can help us describe and engage with the terrifying dynamics of a warming world and offer a poetics of our climate'.
Happy Christmas and New Year's greetings from the David Jones Society! Have a look at this fascinating discussion of Jones' Christmas inscription Quia Per Incarnati by Ariane Bankes and Paul Hills that was part of the David Jones: Vision and Memory exhibition in 2016:
On 5 December Redriff Bridge (in Rotherhithe, London, near where David Jones grew up) was renamed to 'The Poet's Bridge' in honour of David Jones. An engraved steel plaque was also fitted into a side of the bridge, and bears a figure of a dove and a quotation from Jones' 1937 work about the First World War, In Parenthesis (pictured):
Message from Anne Price-Owen, DJS Director, describes the ceremony:
'Mickey Kelly, the indefatigable Headmaster of Redriff Primary School, greeted us warmly on arrival at the school. Delicious refreshments were served, before Mickey gave a very fine introduction to the whole project that has so absorbed him.
I gave a brief talk with slides, to reinforce the fact that Rotherhithe quite clearly meant more to David Jones than most of us have previously realised.
We then walked to the bridge, where we saw two panels situated opposite one another and attached to the railings of the bridge. And they look brilliant. The lettering and the dove are faithfully rendered in DJ style.
Rotherhithe is a most attractive area of London, and well worth a visit. On this occasion we did not visit the The Mayflower, which many of you will remember is the oldest pub on the Thames, and where, as a group we lunched on the occasion of the David Jones Walk several years ago.
That walk was organised by Vivian Wright and Juliet Johnston, who were both at the School event on Tuesday. They are happy to arrange another walk in the Redriff area, and this time we shall walk through some of the places with which DJ was so familiar.'
Jones's 'The Lee Shore' (1961) is on sale as part of an auction on 'Modern British and Irish Art' at Bonham's, closing 22 November.
Pleased to announce that 'The Book of Jonah' with engravings by David Jones has been released by The Folio Society in a new edition. See their website for more details: