'Edward Thomas and the Idea of Home'

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
12:00pm - 1:00pm
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We are delighted to welcome back Dr Elizabeth Black to the Edward Thomas Literary Festival 2021 with a new talk 'Edward Thomas and the Idea of Home'.

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. Through close readings of the three 'Home' poems, this talk examines how Thomas's response to the idea of home developed beyond a singular definition to encompass a more ecocentric idea of place grounded not in ownership or possession but in the desire to dwell as 'an old inhabitant of earth'.

Dr Elizabeth Black is an academic with a specialism in ecocriticism, modernism and poetry. Her first book was published by Routledge in 2017 and is titled The Nature of Modernism: Ecocritical Approaches to the Poetry of Edward Thomas, T. S. Eliot, Edith Sitwell and Charlotte Mew. She is a huge admirer of the work of Edward Thomas and is currently researching connections between his work, the ecoGothic and folk horror.