John was a brave and remarkable man...there is real vision in his poems
- Kathleen Raine
John Donaldson - an Introduction
The subject of this website is John Donaldson, the outcast and individualistic Oxford Poet, also known as Jon Inglis. His journey, involving orphanage life, five years as a prisoner of war and three years homeless is food for thought, and perhaps also food for the media.
The material has been brought together by
his wife, Betty Donaldson, in his memory: most of the introductory words on this site are hers.
Substantial extracts from his main works are presented on the website (accessible via the menu above), and the full texts are available via links from those pages. However, we ask you please to get in touch with the site administrator to discuss matters of copyrights and licensing for educational use, and reproduction of the materials.
The following pieces are described:
All of his work is kept at the Oxford Archives, http://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/records and you can make arrangements to see the material there.
Other materials are available in the archives: for example Straffe Compound, a one-hour play set in a POW camp where an escape is planned; while Kingdom Came is a three-hour play set in the 1970s.
Betty Donaldson was in receipt of an extraordinary letter of appreciation from Kathleen Raine, an esteemed English poet who passed away in 2003. She said:John was a brave and remarkable man... there is real vision in his poems