David Jones, Coleridge & The Rime of The Ancient Mariner: An Illustrated Lecture

David Jones, Coleridge & The Rime of The Ancient Mariner
An illustrated lecture
19th July, 2016       19 Orffennaf, 2016       2pm
by Professor Tom Dilworth, University of Windsor, Canada

The artist and poet David Jones (1895-1974) considered The Rime of the Ancient Mariner to be ‘one of the great achievements of English poetry, and not only great but unique’.

In 1929 Jones made copper engravings for an illustrated edition of the poem, and these prints are displayed in the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff this summer as a response to the Coleridge in Wales festival.

We are delighted that leading international authority on David Jones, Prof. Tom Dilworth has offered to give this illustrated lecture as part of the Coleridge in Wales journey, in association with Aberystwyth University’s David Jones Centre.

Discover how the illustrations by David Jones give fresh insight into the structure and interpretation of Rime of The Ancient Mariner.

For more information, or to book a ticket, please contact Luke Thurston (lut@aber.ac.uk).

Those attending the event may also be interested in a current exhibition at the National Library of Wales:

Words of War: Conflict in Welsh Literature

23 January – 30 July 2016

For centuries, Welsh poets and prose writers have depicted the experience of war, either by celebrating victories or mourning defeat. This exhibition focuses on four historic conflicts from the sixth to the seventeenth centuries – both battles and skirmishes. Poignant eyewitness accounts and later reactions by artists such as Aneirin and David Jones, Bleddyn Fardd and Gerallt Lloyd Owen will be shown alongside the narrative testimonies of contemporary and later chroniclers. Let the poets take you to Catraeth, Cilmeri, Bosworth and the Somme.

Parts of the manuscript of In Parenthesis will be on display alongside a fascinating range of other documents. For more information, please visit https://www.llgc.org.uk/collections/activities/exhibitions/words-of-war/

Image Copyright © 2016 Coleridge in Wales Festival. All rights reserved.

David Jones Exhibition, Cardiff University Special Collections and Archives

A new exhibition at Cardiff University’s Special Collections and Archives explores David Jones’s work as a wood engraver. Curated by Prof. Judi Loach, School of History, Archaeology and Religion, the exhibition includes rare examples of his work for interwar private presses such as St. Dominic’s Press, Golden Cockerel Press and Gregynog Press.

For more information, and to see some of the images included in the exhibition, please visit the SCOLAR blog. The exhibition runs from 9 May – 29 July 2016.

CFP David Jones: Dialogues with the Past

David Jones: Dialogues with the Past

An International, Interdisciplinary Conference at the University of York

21-23 July, 2016

 

Call for Papers

In ‘Past and Present’ (1953), David Jones claimed:  ‘The entire past is at the poet’s disposal’. The interweaving of this ‘entire past’ with the present moment fundamentally characterises Jones’s art and thought, from his visual reimagining of historical figures, to the etymologically rich allusions of his poetry, to the unusual philosophy of history manifested in his essays and letters. The analysis of Jones’s visual or poetic works often reflects the act of excavation: the unique layering of images, words and ideas, the resonant symbolism and shades of meaning. the blending of cultural traditions and dynamic interweaving of whole civilisations.

As 2016 marks the centenary of the Battle of the Somme which profoundly shaped Jones’s imagination and thought, it provides an ideal moment to reconsider the entirety of Jones’s engagement with the many, various, elusive and intertwined ‘pasts’ through which he conceived history and culture. It will be an opportunity to explore Jones’s own style, subject matter, allusive practice and intellectual questions including the role of ‘memory’, ‘inheritance’ and ‘history’ in art and life, while also reflecting upon Jones’s own past and contemporary moment.

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4th Annual David Jones Centre Conference: Alun Lewis and Welsh War Poetry

The 4th Annual David Jones Centre Conference

Alun Lewis and Welsh War Poetry

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The Drwm at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth

Wednesday 23rd September, 1.30-6.30

Keynote Speaker: John Pikoulis

To mark the centenary of Alun Lewis’s birth, this year’s David Jones Centre conference will explore the work of Lewis and others in the tradition of Welsh writing in and against war.

The event will be preceded by a ceremony to unveil a new memorial plaque to Lewis in the Aberystwyth English department foyer.

Please click here to download a copy of the conference programme or Poster. Tickets are available via the National Library of Wales.

For more information, please contact davidjonescentre@aber.ac.uk.