‘Above the Brim’: Childhood Experience in the work of Edward Thomas and Robert Frost

2nd October, 2021 - 2nd October, 2021

'In-Person Tickets' are for audience members who wish to come to Petersfield Museum and participate in the session from the museum unique Victorian Courtroom lecture theatre.
'Digital Tickets' are for those who want to enjoy the session from the comfort of their own home or wherever they may be. Digital ticket holders will receive a zoom link the week of the festival that will allow them to join the session.
 'Concessions' include Friends of Petersfield Museum, Edward Thomas Fellowship Members and Petersfield Museum Volunteers.


In-Person Ticket: £12.00
In-Person Concession: £10.00
Digital Ticket: £10.00
Digital Concession: £8.00

Start and end times
10:30am - 11:30am
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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. It will consider Thomas’s relationship with his children, his decision to write the memoir that became The Childhood of Edward Thomas, and the way in which his interest in childhood experience informed his friendships with Walter de la Mare and Robert Frost.

S.J. Perry has published widely in the field of twentieth-century poetry and is currently writing a book concerning the representation of childhood in modern verse. His first book – Chameleon Poet: R.S. Thomas and the Literary Tradition – was published by Oxford University Press in 2013 and received strong reviews in esteemed publications like The Times Literary Supplement. He lives in Sheffield and is Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Hull.