Edward Thomas Literary Festival (Saturday 3rd October)

Translating Thomas
(1030am-1100am)

Join Marie-Marthe Gervais, archivist for The Edward Thomas Fellowship and university lecturer, as she introduces former Portsmouth University lecturer and colleague Vladimir Fisera who will look at the joys and challenges of translating Edward Thomas's poetry into a foreign language.

Whilst anthologies of Thomas's work have been brought out in several languages, there are only individual poems that have been translated into French. Many of these are the work of Vladimir who will be reading some of them in this session that has been recorded from his home in France.

This is a FREE recorded event, but registration is necessary. Click here to register for your place.

Home to the Hangers: Film Screening and Q+A.
(11am-1140am)

Join us to watch the award winning film 'Home to the Hangers', and have the opportunity to meet the director, A D Cooper and star Alex Bartram .

The stirring and moving words of poet Edward Thomas narrate the story of a traumatised soldier's return to ancient woodland. The familiar, enveloping landscape prompts him to discard his uniform, and with it, seemingly, the ordeals of war. An imaginative blend of poetry and film that sensitively captures the complexities of identity, inspiration and the search for inner peace.

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Alison Brackenbury: A Poetry Reading.
1130am-1200pm

Join poet Alison Brackenbury as she reads poems from her own collection about or linked to Edward Thomas. She will also include extracts from her correspondence with Myfanwy Thomas (Edward's daughter) about the folk songs Edward sang with his family.

This moving reading will be followed by a live Q+A with Alison on Zoom. 

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Exploring the Icknield Way.
(12pm-1pm)

This talk given by Guy Cuthbertson will talk about his editing Edward Thomas's prose and especially The Icknield Way (1913), which he is currently working on for the Oxford University Press volume entitled Pilgrimages.  The talk will explore Edward Thomas's writing and walking, as well as the Icknield Way, an ancient road that has changed significantly since Thomas's day.

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Edward Thomas as the Superfluous Man.
(1pm-2pm)

This talk considers Thomas's depiction of himself in his autobiographical prose and poetry as a 'superfluous man' in the light of new ideas about social welfare during the late 19th and early 20th century.

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A Gathering of Poets: Readings and Conversation
(2pm-3pm)

Join poets Daljit Nagra, Yvonne Riddick, Matthew Hollis and Zaffar Kunial online for a vibrant session of poetry readings and an exploration of what Edward Thomas means to them and their work.

This exciting session brings together four very different poets each with their unique style and identity and shares their work with you in your own home.

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2 Poets, 1 Conversation: Andrew Motion and Michael Longley
(4pm-5pm)

Watch the conversation unfold between two old friends, Andrew Motion and Michael Longley. This event brings the two friends together in the digital world we currently find ourselves in. Be inspired as they talk about their poetry and of course Edward Thomas and his influence on them over the years.

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Edward Thomas and the Dymock Poets.
(530pm-630pm)

Literary history was being made in the village of Dymock in the years before the First World War but it is nearly 90 years since the phrase ‘The Dymock Poets’ was used for the first time. Three talks will explore the influence that Dymock, and this landscape had on Thomas’s poetry and friendships.

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Edward Thomas and Robert Frost - An Inspirational Friendship.
(7pm-9pm)

Join us, along with The Edward Thomas Fellowship and our American friends from the Robert Frost Society to explore the friendship that inspired two of the 20th centuries most beloved poets.

This is a story about two men at the beginnings of their careers confiding in one another about their deepest hopes and aspirations for their art, told through the study of their personal correspondence over the life of their short lived friendship.

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