Ford on Social Media
FMF Society News
Call for Papers: Fifteenth International Robert Graves Conference
'Robert Graves and Correspondences'
La Caixa, Palma, Mallorca
Organised by the Robert Graves Society with the Fundació Robert Graves
Plans are becoming advanced for the 15th International Robert Graves Society Conference, 12th - 16th July 2022. The theme this year will be: 'Robert Graves and Correspondences'
The conference will take place at the former Gran Hotel, Palma de Mallorca, where Graves and Riding stayed on their arrival in Palma in 1929, and at Deià, where they lived until 1936. Graves returned to Mallorca in 1946 with Beryl Pritchard Graves and their family and lived in Deià until his death in 1985.
The hotel is now the Caixa Cultural, a cultural centre in Palma run by La Caixa, a major Catalan and Spanish bank. This will be the sixth Robert Graves conference to be held there and at Deià since the centenary conference in Mallorca held in 1995. We are most grateful to La Caixa bank and staff at Caixa Cultural for their continued support.
The timings of the conference are Tuesday, 12th July 2022, 5.00 pm (approx) – Saturday, 16th July 2022, 2:00 pm (approx).
More details of the event and the present CFP are published at https://www.robertgraves.org/conference-2022/
where you will also find a link to Registration and accommodation suggestions.
Please submit your paper proposal (by 31 May 2022) and/or book your place at Robert Graves 2022 now by contacting C.Mundye@shu.ac.uk (CFP, paper proposals, academic programme) or firstname.lastname@example.org (hotels, travel, administrative and financial details) now!
New Ford poetry pamphlet
The Greville Press has just published 'On Heaven' and other poems, selected with a foreword by Stephen Rogers, a handful of poems in a neat pamphlet of a couple of dozen pages. It will fit snugly in your shoulder bag, lunchbox or deep coat pocket.
The Greville Press
6 Mellors Court
ISBN 978 1 7399826 5 2
£7.50 + post and packing (my copy was sent by return)
Cheques should be made out to Anthony Astbury
Announcing a new project, the Collected Letters of Ford Madox Ford in 6 volumes!
The Ford Society is delighted to announce a new project to address this significant gap in twentieth-century literary scholarship. Ford was a superb letter-writer, and yet the vast majority of his c.2,800 known letters remains unavailable in published versions. Its General Editors are Sara Haslam and Max Saunders, and Oxford University Press will be publishing the volumes.
Work on Last Post 6 is well advanced.
If you have not received a copy of Last Post 5, focusing on 'Ford and Food', and guest-edited by Helen Chambers.—but think you should have done!—please get in touch. Details are under 'About Us' on this website.
And if you don't currently subscribe but would like to, information on how to do so is also there.
Homo Duplex: Ford Madox Ford’s Experience and Aesthetics of Alterity, edited and with an introduction by Isabelle Brasme (Montpellier: Presses universitaires de la Méditerranée, 2020. ISBN 978-2-36781-343-1)
Ten essays ranging widely over Ford’s life, writing, literary—and personal— networks: this title will be reviewed in Last Post 6.
Recording Available of Jason Andrew’s online talk
There’s a recording of the recent online event, ‘Biala (1903-2000): The Rash Acts of Rescue and Escape’, a fascinating talk by Jason Andrew, curator of the Biala Estate, with Biala’s letters splendidly voiced by Julia Gleich. The link is: https://youtu.be/W8x21VbWqvc.
The talk was given under the auspices of the Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized and Banned Art, Inc., in New York. Our thanks to Executive Director Rachel Stern and the Fritz Ascher Society
Christina's Fairy Book
The TLS reports (20 May 2022) that the latest catalogue from Jonkers Rare Books lists Christina's Fairy Book (1906) at a price of £9,500.
The catalogue entry states that: 'No copies have been recorded at auction and we are aware of only one other copy being offered for sale in living memory.' The NB columnist adds that Ford 'wrote it for his first child. File next to his other contributions to the genre: the author of The Good Soldier was also the author of The Brown Owl, The Feather and The Queen Who Flew.'
Parade’s End to China (in Mr Belton’s luggage)
From the latest number of the London Library Magazine (March 2022, number 52). Their regular feature, ‘Meet a Member’, focuses on the journalist and author Pádraig Belton. You might say that he moves around a lot. ‘The Library’s books have accompanied me wherever I’ve been. Middlemarch came to Ukraine, Parade’s End to China, The Picture of Dorian Gray to Siberia and I’ve been making my way through Proust everywhere else.’
Ford doesn’t dwell a great deal on China—apart from his review of Ezra Pound’s Cathay, entitled ‘From China to Peru’ (the first part of his article dealt with maté, an infusion made from a South American shrub)—until The March of Literature, with some pages there on Chinese poetry, plus a great many mentions of Confucius (surely not unconnected with that same Ezra Pound).
Not strictly Ford-related but certainly of interest is Mr Belton’s recollection that he ‘started out as a foreign correspondent after some terrible advice from John Simpson, the veteran war correspondent. I asked him what he would do in my shoes, and he said, “I’d get on a flight to Ukraine, ring Broadcasting House and start pitching, because they don’t have anyone out there.” It turned out the flights were cheap because no one in their right mind wanted to go there. But I did it and that’s how my career started.’
(Thanks to Mary Burgoyne for the tip-off)
New audiobook: Parade's End
A recent title from The Audio Book Producers is Ford’s Parade's End (35 hours 12 minutes) read by acclaimed actor Bill Nighy, who is also an honorary member of the Ford Society.
Available through the usual outlets: