John David Morley to Me
John David Morley was an English writer and novelist, the youngest child of the artist and sculpter Patricia Morley (née Booth), and grandson of Victor Booth, who was a piano professor at the Royal Academy of Music. He had written ten novels, including the bestseller Pictures from the Water Trade.
John David Morley (David) died on 18th February 2018, alongside the lady who he was devoted to, his soul mate, and for whom he had been caring for many years in her old age. They decided it was time to go together as neither wanted to live without the other. Though I guessed this might happen from reading his novel Ella Morris, I was still taken by surprise on hearing the sad news as his last email to me on 7 January 2018 gave no hint of he was about to end his life (this email is included in the collection below). I was not feeling well at the time. When I finally managed to reply, it was on 18 February – not knowing that was the day he died. For them it was a beautiful death, yet incresingly I feel the loss of him.
I met David only twice, both times before he was twenty. His mother, the arist and sculptor Patricia Morley (who painted two portraits of me), told me that he wanted to be a poet and I gave him an English translation of the Chinese Classical novel "Dream of the Red Chamber" as Christmas present. Then I corresponded with him briefly at about the time I completed Music is Happiness (CD & book), of which he wrote a generous comment. It was again very generous of him to write so much to me from 2017 to his death while according to his words, the nursing of his love had become so demanding that he no longer had the time for many of his friends and for his own pursuits. We shared experiences of our respective cross-cultural backgrounds. I began to get to know him as a person, and admired his talents and in depth knowledge of so many things. I enjoy reading his English, which I find beautiful.
David said to me in July 2017: "Meanwhile my writing days are over... the spark which ignites a writing project has remained extinguished, and I don’t miss it..." This might be lethal for a creative person when making the choice of life or death and I prayed that somehow the spark would return. He discussed with me my work, his work, other people's work, performing arts, the cross-cultural, creation of drama and especially written drama... and on other topics such as love. He gave me intellectual and creative stimuli that I so badly needed. It is difficult knowing there will be no more.
David was the spark that ignited my aspiration in projects yet to be accomplished. The following list may be of interest to those who know him or want to know him, and to the creative – a reason for my website is to provide creative materials/inspiration for others.
Click the blue numeral to enter respective page:
1. What's in a cheep?: John David Morley's last email to me
2. J D Morley's response to my autobiographical creative PhD
(now with Ho Wai-On's reply)
3. J D Morley's critical comments
(now with Ho Wai-On's reply)
4. J D Morley: Some more POVs on cross-cultural (must read!)
5. John David Morley: 3 Times Too Many?
6. John David Morley to Ho Wai-On – on miscellaneous (1)
7. John David Morley to Ho Wai-On – on miscellaneous (2)
8. John David Morley to Ho Wai-On – Love and Buddhist Text
(with Ho Wai-On's reply)
I may upload more, and add relevant short excerpts from my emails to him here and there. 一 HWO