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Edward Owen

Edward H. Owen (1919 – 2000), UK journalist, pupil of F. M. Alexander, and first editor of the Alexander Journal.

Edward Owen was a journalist who lived for many years in Guernsey. In 1965 he formed an agency specialising in travel and financial matters in Guernsey, and was the Financial Times offical correspondent for the Channel Isles.

Edward Owen was a pupil of F. M. Alexander who encouraged Anthony Spawforth to have lessons and later to train as a teacher. Owen wrote two articles on F. M. Alexander and his work.[1] [2]

Shortly after Alexander’s death Edward Owen started to collect material for a biography of Alexander, but realised he did not have enough funding to complete it. He left his notes for the STAT archives.[3]

Owen gave the 1961 F. M. Alexander Memorial Lecture, ‘Alexander’s meeting with Coghill’.[4]

He was editor of the Alexander Journal for its first three issues (1962–64).

Writings

  • ‘Great teacher – The man who helped Sir Stafford Cripps’ by Edward H. Owen.[5]
  • ‘The man who mastered habit’ by Edward H. Owen.[6]
  • ‘Alexander’s meeting with Coghill’ by Edward H. Owen.[7]

Obituary

  • ‘Edward Owen’ by Tony Spawforth.[8]
References

[1] ‘Great teacher – The man who helped Sir Stafford Cripps’ by Edward H. Owen in Leader Magazine, 11 December 1948. Also in A Means To An End – Articles and Letters on the Alexander Technique 1909–1955 edited by Jean M. O. Fischer (Mouritz, 2015), pp. 282–88.
[2] ‘The man who mastered habit’ by Edward H. Owen in Eros Magazine, December 1955. Also in A Means To An End – Articles and Letters on the Alexander Technique 1909–1955 edited by Jean M. O. Fischer (Mouritz, 2015), pp. 288–93.
[3] Personal conversation. I travelled and met Edward Owen in his home around 1991.
[4] ‘Alexander’s meeting with Coghill’ by Edward H. Owen in The Alexander Journal, no. 3 (STAT, 1964), pp. 20–22. Also in More Talk of Alexander edited by Dr Wilfred Barlow (Mouritz, 2005 [1978]), pp. 256–59.
[5] ‘Great teacher – The man who helped Sir Stafford Cripps’ by Edward H. Owen in Leader Magazine, 11 December 1948. Also in A Means To An End – Articles and Letters on the Alexander Technique 1909–1955 edited by Jean M. O. Fischer (Mouritz, 2015), pp. 282–88.
[6] ‘The man who mastered habit’ by Edward H. Owen in Eros Magazine, December 1955. Also in A Means To An End – Articles and Letters on the Alexander Technique 1909–1955 edited by Jean M. O. Fischer (Mouritz, 2015), pp. 288–93.
[7] ‘Alexander’s meeting with Coghill’ by Edward H. Owen in The Alexander Journal, no. 3 (STAT, 1964), pp. 20–22. Also in More Talk of Alexander edited by Dr Wilfred Barlow (Mouritz, 2005 [1978]), pp. 256–59.
[8] ‘Edward Owen’ by Tony Spawforth in STATNews vol. 6, no. 2 edited by Ann James (STAT, September 2000), p. 8.