Edward Thomas Literary Festival Saturday 2nd October

Find out more about our Festival events taking place on Saturday 2nd October. 

'The Curious Life of Words': The Language of Edward Thomas's Poetry in Translation (9.30am)
Join Professor Saeko Yoshikawa live from Japan in our first ever international and live streamed lecture as part of the Edward Thomas Literary Festival 2021!
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'Above the Brim': Childhood Experience in the work of Edward Thomas and Robert Frost (10.30am)
This talk, given by S.J.Perry, will situate Edward Thomas’s writing within the context of the Romantic veneration of childhood as a time of liberty and light.
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Edward Thomas and the Idea of Home (12pm)
The desire to understand the complex and allusive idea of 'home' was so compelling to Edward Thomas that he returned to the theme throughout his writing, even using it as the title of three of his poems. This talk explores the shifting meaning of home in the poetry of Edward Thomas and considers how it influenced his relationship to nature, place, nation and self.
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'Pike, Popler, Oram and Fatt': Exploring Churchyards, Graves and Epitaphs with Edward Thomas (2pm)
Whilst undertaking his journeys for 'The Icknield Way' and 'In Pursuit of Spring', Edward Thomas would have encountered many Churchyards whose gravestones and epitaphs captured is imagination and would later influence some of his later poems.
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'The Ever Encouraging Friend': Discovering W H Hudson (3pm)
Edward Thomas had many notable friends who encouraged and supported him to start writing poetry. This fascinating talk looks at one such friend, WH Hudson, whose work in his own field, like Thomas's is often overlooked.
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Nicola Chester: 'On Gallows Down' - a sneak peek!
We are very excited to be able to offer you one of the first opportunities to discover Nicola Chester's new book 'On Gallows Down'.On Gallows Down is a powerful, personal story shaped by a landscape deeply loved; one that ripples and undulates with protest, change, hope – and the search for home.
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'Where Paths Cross' - Edward Thomas and Robert Frost
We are very excited to be welcoming back our friends from the Robert Frost Society for this exciting evening of discussion and poetry. 
Edward Thomas and Robert Frosts friendship developed on the tracks and roadways they walked together through the English countryside. Following the theme of this years Edward Thomas Literary Festival of 'Roads and Pathways' members of the Edward Thomas Fellowship and the Robert Frost Society will explore the poets relationships with roads both physically and metaphysically and their influence on their work.
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