Derek Shiel's funeral will take place on Wednesday 2nd August at St Mary's Church, Bourne Street, SW1 at 2.00pm. This will be followed by cremation at 4pm in Mortlake Crematorium.
Message from Ian Randall via Anne Price-Owen, DJS Director:
'Christina (DJ's goddaughter) entered into rest on the 14th of this month ... Her funeral is this Friday at Cley.'
For anyone wishing to have details of the funeral, please contact me.
A number of you will have seen Christina's appearance in the second film of Derek Shiel's trilogy on David Jones. She was a founder member of the DJS, and was able to provide unique insights into David Jones, and also had some very interesting photographs of him with the family.
Christina was a very witty individual with a great sense of humour, and an excellent painter.
Those of us who knew her will miss her patience, kindness and generosity.
May she rest in peace.'
Message from Anne Price-Owen, DJS Director:
'It is with great regret that I announce the death of one of the most loyal and faithful, and a founding member of the DJS: Derek Shiel died peacefully in St Mary's Hospital early this morning.
As most of you know, in his latter years Derek was afflicted with Parkinson's Disease which, although it severely restricted his mobility, had little affect of his enjoyment of hearing about David Jones events. Even though the last Conference he was able to attend was in Oxford in 2014, he actually spoke at Ditching Museum the following year, and continued to take a vigorous interest in all subsequent David Jones events, including the International Conference at York last year, and the commemoration of DJ's war years in March this year.
All people who admire and who are seriously interested in David Jones will value Derek's wonderful contribution to spreading the word about David Jones.'
Wikipedia entry on Derek Shiel: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derek_Shiel
Website about his project, 'Sculpted Sound': www.sculptedsound.com
Bibliography of works about David Jones:
Shiel, Derek and Jonathan Miles. David Jones: The Maker Unmade. London: Seren, 1995.
Jones, David. Ten Letters to two young artists working in Italy, Juliet Wood and Richard Shirley Smith. Edited by Derek Shiel. London: Agenda Editions, 1996.
Shiel, Derek. 'David Jones: Making Space for the Warring Factions'. David Jones: Diversity in Unity: Studies in Literary and Visual Art. Edited by Belunda Humphries and Anne Price-Owen. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2000.
Shiel, Derek. 'Why and How David Jones Became a Poet'. David Jones: Artist and Poet. Flashpoint Web Issue 13 (Spring, 2010), www.flashpointmag.com/shieljones.htm, accessed 15 July 2017.
In Search of David Jones: Artist, Soldier, Poet (2008), Derek Shiel, The David Jones Society
David Jones Between the Wars: The Years of Achievement (2012), Derek Shiel and Adam Alive, The David Jones Society.
David Jones: Innovation and Consolidation (2015), Derek Shiel.
Exhibition: Arthur and Welsh Mythology
National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
22 July - 16 December, 2017
From the NLW webiste:
''There is in Wales a long and rich tradition of storytelling. The Mabinogion, folk legends and local myths and tales have formed a part of our cultural inheritance from very early times to the present day.
In our exhibition, 'Arthur and Welsh Mythology', we will meet some of the most colourful characters from our mythology, and present their stories on the pages of manuscripts, on the canvases of artworks and through our vast screen and sound archive.'
Tom Dilworth speaks for the London Review Bookshop about the life and work of David Jones.
From the Opus Anglicanum website:
MONDAY, JULY 24, 2017
THE BAPTIST CHURCH, WORCESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
THREE CHOIRS FESTIVAL, WORCESTER
Opus Anglicanum's latest sequence features three original commissions from contemporary composers. It opens with a complete reading of Coleridge's epic Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Zeb Soanes with music by LYNNE PLOWMAN inspired by the twelve engravings by David Jones for the 1929 edition of the poem.
The nautical programme also contains SALLY BEAMISH'S powerful Sea Psalm, setting an account from the only surviving officer of the destroyer HMS Duchess, which was sunk on 12th December 1939.
The concert ends with ALEXANDER CAMPKIN'S By Still Waters - a new work with narration for Opus Anglicanum, to the text ‘Father hear the prayer we offer’ by Love Maria Willis (1864).
More details and booking at: