The Trustees of the David Jones Estate have handed over the task of fielding permissions enquiries for the use of Jones's writings and visual to Faber & Faber and Bridgeman Images respectively. In future, please direct any correspondence to the following contacts, who will direct you:
For all writings: Lavinia Singer (Faber & Faber), firstname.lastname@example.org
For all visual images: Adrian Gibbs (Bridgeman Images), email@example.com
David Jones: A Mythic Understanding
An exhibition at Camberwell College of Art, (Peckham Road, London SE5 8UF)
6 November - 14 December, 2018
From the web page:
'This exhibition is one part of a College-wide project led by Geoff Coupland (aka ZEEL) that explores the life and themes of the work of artist, illustrator and poet David Jones.
Jones was aged just 14 when he first attended the then Camberwell Art School in 1909, before enlisting for service with the Royal Welch Fusiliers to fight in the First World War. This experience had a profound effect on Jones both emotionally and artistically. He went on to write ‘In Parenthesis’, an epic, novel-length war poem, and as an artist working in many modes, he made numerous paintings, drawings and book illustrations with a particular use of mythical imagery.
His legacy is visible in the work of many illustrators working today, including John Vernon Lord, Clive Hicks Jenkins, Charlotte Cory, Marguerite Carnec, Sue Coe, Linda Kitson and David McKean, and their contemporary work will be shown alongside a display about Jones’ life and work created especially for the exhibition by design studio Work-Form.'
Press Release (with details about opening times, etc.):
The UK Latin Mass Society will be offering their bi-monthly Mass for the repose of the soul of David Jones tomorrow, Saturday 13th October, at 4 pm in the Lady Chapel of Westminster Cathedral, London. Jones was a great devotee of the Latin Mass; his anniversary of death is 28 October.
For information see: lms.org.uk/contact-us
'David Jones: Artist and Poet in the Shadow of the Great War'
The annual Beauforest Lecture, by Paul Hills
10th November, 12 noon.
The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
Free tickets can be booked at: tickets.ox.ac.uk/webstore/shop/viewItems.aspx?cg=ash&c=anntalk
Beyond Sound and Shape: The war poetry and art of David Jones
Part of 'The Human Being: A Paradox of Freedom', 3 November, 2018, London
As we reach the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, this exhibition will examine the paintings and poetry of David Jones, who served as an infantryman in the trenches. It recounts a story of camaraderie experienced in the face of detached superiors, unbending military rigour and inhuman danger. As a soldier, Jones found freedom in a tenderness towards his companions, an awareness of the beauty that lies beyond what is merely useful, and a heroism within what is mundane or enforced.
James Fergusson, 'A Neurotic Aesthete: The Genius of David Jones', The Tablet, 22 August 2018
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Recently published in The Fortnightly Review, 'At Ladywell Cemetery' meditates on a visit to Jones' grave.
Call for Papers: Seminar on 'Re-presenting David Jones' for American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, Georgetown (Washington, DC), 7-10 March, 2019.
Organizer: Thomas Berenato
Co-Organizer: Anna Svendsen
Contact the Seminar Organizers
The centenary of the First World War has prompted new publications on and public interest in the life and work of the Anglo-Welsh poet and painter David Jones (1895-1974). In 2015 Chichester's Pallant House Gallery devoted a major exhibition to Jones, its magisterial catalogue by Paul Hills and Ariane Bankes attracting attention in the scholarly and popular press. English composer Iain Bell adapted Jones's war poem In Parenthesis (1937) for the Welsh National Opera in 2016. BBC Radio 4 featured Thomas Dilworth's biography of Jones, the fruit of three decades' research, as a Book of the Week in April 2017. Chapters in recent monographs by Anthony Domestico, Matthew Griffiths, and W. David Soud, among others, have considered Jones alongside his better-known peers. In late 2017 Brill presented a collection of essays addressing the question of Jones's status as a "Christian Modernist." In summer 2018 the journal Religion & Literature released a David Jones Special Issue and Bloomsbury Academic included an edition of Jones's unpublished prose in its Modernist Archives series, with an edition of his unpublished poetry to appear in December.
This seminar calls students and scholars of Jones to capitalize on and contribute to this growing corpus. Some spurs:
- Investigations of the vast Jones archives in North America and the UK
- Approaches to editing and exhibiting Jones's work and correspondence
- Jones among his Modernist peers
- Jones's inheritance and legacy
- Jones's cultural and aesthetic theories
- Jones and theology, religion, the Second Vatican Council, "the post-secular"
- Jones's politics, political theology
- Jones's women
- Jones's wars
Submit a 200-500-word abstract and 100-word bio by September 15, 2018
Adam Schwartz reviews David Jones on Religion, Politics and Culture: Unpublished Manuscripts (Bloomsbury, 2018) for The Kirk Center: