David Jones's The Grail Mass and Other Works (ed. Thomas Goldpaugh and Jamie Callison, Bloomsbury, 2018) is a new edition of several interrelated poetic manuscripts written and re-written by David Jones between the 1930s and 1960s and from which The Anathemata: Fragments of an Attempted Writing (1952) and The Sleeping Lord and Other Fragments (1974) were extracted. Below are the reviews to date:
Adam Schwartz, "These Global Days," The Kirk Center (6 October 2019), kirkcenter.org/reviews/these-global-days/
Rosie Lavan, The Review of English Studies (17 September 2019) https://doi.org/10.1093/res/hgz101
Paul Fiddes, Literature and Theology (29 June 2019) https://doi.org/10.1093/litthe/frz011
Liam Guilar, GoodReads (26 June 2019), www.goodreads.com/review/show/2867139585
A reminder that there will be several events in Sidmouth this coming 28 October (a Monday) to commemorate of David Jones on the 45th anniversary of his death:
11:00 am, Mass for David Jones on the anniversary of his death at Most Precious Blood Parish (5 Radway, Sidmouth EX10 8TW)
~11:30 am, Talk by Dr. Mary Coghill (Exeter) on David Jones in St. Teresa's Hall (Connaught Road Sidmouth Devon EX10 8TT -- adjoining MPB Parish with common car park)
Afternoon: A walk with Mary to visit the recently instated Blue Plaque in Sidmouth dedicated to David Jones (details of exact time and meeting-place forthcoming)
If you would like to attend, please email Mary Coghill directly to give her a sense of numbers: M.Coghill@exeter.ac.uk
Review of recently published collection of essays on Jones (David Jones: A Christian Modernist? eds. Callison, Fiddes, Johnson, Tonning, Brill, 2018) for Reading Religion (reviewer: Alex Assaly): readingreligion.org/books/david-jones?fbclid=IwAR3ggWK1w9aIr6gFFglLgQ-gLajw9J9-Bm0AxegdEq4LOgbM8v339QSt65o
FUNERAL ANNOUNCEMENT (from the Elkin family): 'Nick’s funeral will be held at 11.00am at St George’s Church, Vancouver Road, SE23 2AG on Thursday 12 September and afterwards at the Fellowship and Star, Randlesdown Road, Bellingham SE6 3BT for a light buffet lunch
Absolutely anyone who knows us is warmly welcome but it would help for catering purposes if you could let Susan Elkin (email@example.com) know if you plan to join us.
Please don’t wear black. No flowers please (apart from mine and Lucas’s and Felix’s) but we’d love it if you could donate to the memorial fund in aid of Ash Ward at Lewisham Hospital where Nick spent his final weeks. You can do it via Go Fund Me https://www.gofundme.com/f/nicholas-elkin-memorial-fund.'
N.B. If you'd prefer to contact the family privately to make a donation, let and know and we can connect you.
Nicholas Elkin 1945 -2019
'The family of Nicholas Elkin, Trustee of the Estate of David Jones, are sad to report his death from Alzheimer’s Disease on 20 August 2019.
Nicholas always took a keen interest in Jones’s work, both literary and artistic, with a particular emphasis on the First World War drawings. He had a selection at home and would be pleased to show anyone who showed interest, from academics to passing trades people.
Joining Anthony Hyne as a Trustee in the 1990s, Nicholas took quickly to the responsibilities of managing the Estate, diligently fielding permissions enquiries, museum loans and reproduction rights until his recent illness made it impossible.
He was instrumental in developing and seeing through to completion a comprehensive conservation programme of those works held by the Estate, ensuring their survival and preservation for the benefit of future generations of scholars.
His gentle, guiding hand on the management of the Estate will be sorely missed.'
from Lucas Elkin, Trustee of the Estate of David Jones
For permissions enquiries for literary works please contact Faber and Faber: https://www.faberpermissions.com/
For permsission enquiries for artistic works please contact Bridgeman Images: https://www.bridgemanimages.com
Pleased to report that there was a good turnout for Tom Dilworth, who did a book-signing this past July at the Waterstones Amsterdam for the release into paperback of his biography, David Jones: Engraver, Soldier, Painter, Poet (Jonathan Cape, 2017). See the Waterstones Amsterdam FaceBook page for more details. (Image taken from Waterstones FB page)
Follow this link to read an interesting review of a work with parallels to In Parenthesis (The Grail Roads by Rob Hindle): https://ellipticalmovements.wordpress.com/2019/03/22/the-grail-roads-by-rob-hindle-a-review/
We are pleased to announce that a Blue Plaque has been posted at David Jones' one-time residence at the Fort Hotel in Sidmouth, Devon. A catalogue describing all the Blue Plaques in Sidmouth (including this one dedicated to Jones) will be available soon on the Sid Vale Association website. Historian and scholar Mary Coghill plans to host a walk and talk about the plaque in Sidmouth this autumn in conjunction with the David Jones Society. Details soon to follow.