Edward Thomas Literary Festival Sunday 3rd October

Discover more about the events taking place on the last day of the festival, Sunday 3rd October.

Walking with Edward Thomas (10.30am)
Walk in the footsteps of the First World War-time poet Edward Thomas, in this special walk running as part of Petersfield Museum's Edward Thomas Literary Festival and East Hampshires, Creative Footsteps Festival. 
Starting in the village of Steep where he lived with his family, and visiting Thomas’s memorial Poet’s Stone on Shoulder of Mutton Hill above the village.
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Edward Thomas and the Nature of Hope (2pm)
Who was Hope Webb? She haunts Edward Thomas’s love poetry and some of his prose. But while biographers have documented their relationship, Hope herself has remained an enigmatic figure, her character something of a mystery. Charlotte Peacock has uncovered new material about Hope Webb and her family — including photographs and lines of verse Edward Thomas wrote in her album. In this talk, she builds a clearer picture of the eighteen-year-old girl Edward Thomas fell in love with during his stay in Minsmere, in 1908. Adding fresh insight into the episode, she discusses its influence on his writing and deconstructs his image of the woman Hope became after their relationship was abruptly ended:

''They have told me she is now a schoolmistress. I see her sad and firm with folded hands.''

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 2 Poets, 1 Conversation: Andrew Motion and Daljit Nagra (3.30pm)
Join us in the atmospheric surroundings of Bedale's School and enjoy a relaxed conversation between two enigmatic and well loved poets, Andrew Motion and Daljit Nagra.
The two poets will share the impact of Edward Thomas on them and their work and explore how Edward approached Englishness, his claim of being 5/8ths Welsh and how Andrew and Daljit imagine nation states in their own work. 
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