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.
In case you haven't seen it yet: recent study (published 2018) that features an article on David Jones and Isaac Rosenberg.
"Fierce imaginings': the radical myth-making of David Jones and Isaac Rosenberg" in Sally Minogue and Andrew Palmer, The Remembered Dead: Poetry, Memory and the First World War (Cambridge, 2018)
from the DJRC website:
“David Jones: Theory of Art; Theory of Culture”7-8 March, 2019, Booth Special Collections, Georgetown University Library (3700 O St NW, Washington, DC 20057, USA)
The work and thought of the British artist and WWI veteran David Jones (1895-1974) commands a unique perspective on the deeply intertwined questions of the theory of art and the theory of culture in the 20th century. Jones not only had extensive first-hand experience of total war, both as a private in the trenches of WWI and as a Londoner during the Blitz, but also communicated his experience in an interpenetrated corpus of visual art, prose, and poetic writing. Jones’s sense of artistic form crosses the boundaries of the visual and the verbal in order to respond to the crisis of what he described as “unmaking” in his 1937 poem of WWI, In Parenthesis.As Mark Greif’s (2015) and Alan Jacobs’s (2018) recent studies indicate, the postwar period presented a unique “crisis” for artists and intellectuals in the West who found themselves confronted with challenges to traditional narratives about human identity and the nature of human flourishing. The work of David Jones places the theory of art at the very center of this crisis, drawing on the thinking of neo-Artistotelian-Thomist philosophers such as Jacques Maritain to regard the fine arts in light of the gamut of human making and so broaden the discussion to show how art encompasses more fundamental questions of human work, technology, religion, leisure, and politics.
This seminar situates the contribution of Jones’s cultural and aesthetic theory and multimedia corpus in the immediate context of 20th-century artistic practice and theories of art and culture. It will particularly seek to show the unique light that Jones sheds on the understanding of war in the 20th century, narratives of modern secularization, and experiments in visual and poetic form that respond to the ruptures and new continuities that these cultural shifts incur."
For more information, including full list of speakers and preliminary timetable, as well as registration see the website: www.davidjonesresearch.org/upcoming/