The Powys Society marks its 50th year with an open event at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University, on Saturday 30th March.
Coming together in the late 1960s, in the full sun of counter-cultural times, there’s something cheering and reassuring about the Society’s survival through the growing chill of a cynical age.
Anyone with more than a casual interest in JCP owes a debt to the Society and all of its committee members and contributors over the years. It’s meant an ongoing stream of new material, new perspectives. The pot of enthusiasm is kept bubbling.
And best of all, for me, is that while other literary societies might confine themselves to enjoying the College’s venerable chambers where JCP and other family members were students (wouldn’t it be wonderful if it was still possible to see the wooden beam at Corpus where one of his peers had carved the words “Pray for the Soul of John Cowper Powys”?) – the Society will be heading for the meadows: to Coe Fen and the old wall running along the back of the Fitzwiiliam Museum. It’s one of those ‘little places’ that played a large part in making Powys write the kind of fiction he did, and why there is a Society at all.