I came to the Wyndham Lewis Society through the art-producing poet Adrian Henri, who referred me to Paul O'Keeffe. I had begun researching one-time 'rebel artist' Nevinson's life and work in 1988, with a view to compiling a complete catalogue, and wanted to know more about his relationship with Lewis particularly, and with other artists of the period. I had heard stories about Lewis from Geoffrey Grigson, a mentor to me, who liked to quote lines from Lewis's poem One-Way Song, and advised to begin to read Lewis with The Wild Body. I have, however, always been much more versed in Lewis's art than his writings. Even so, it was later no surprise to call on an art dealer such as Ivor Braka, only to find that Cy was already well ahead of me.

I found Cy so genial and friendly, as surely did many fellow Lewisites, and grealy valued his books, Wyndham Lewis on Art: Collected Writings 1913-1956 (1969) (edited with Walter Michel) and his own memoirs New World, Old World: Bridging the North Atlantic (2009). We talked about Grigson of course ('a red hot guy'), and I sent him some Grigsoniana which he found useful, and Alan Ross, editor of London Magazine, who published many of Cy's book reviews, and had a penchant for the 'effervescent'. Cy sent me postcards from London and Canada, which sported pictures by both Lewis and Nevinson (including one of Fleet Street, 'the Street of Adventure', and stomping ground for many a journalist). Cy also made a useful art connection for me with John Cullis, and was instrumental in enabling me to form a most rewarding friendship with Robin Healey, whom I then introduced to the Society, and who liked the way Cy filed correspondence from fellow writers: interspersed with their books, Cy gave me Robin's phone number, and I invited him to lunch, so he could interview me about Grigson. Robin was 'The Man Who Came to Dinner'. He stayed the whole weekend! I am grateful for such connections, the books I’ve mentioned, and the generous and encouraging spirit of Cy behind them.

Christopher Martin