'Pike, Popler, Oram, and Fatt': Exploring Churchyards, Graves and Epitaphs with Edward Thomas

2nd October, 2021 - 2nd October, 2021

Concessions available for Friends of Petersfield Museum, members of the Edward Thomas Fellowship and Petersfield Museum Volunteers.

Digital ticket holders will receive a Zoom link at least 3 days before the event. 


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

Start and end times
2:00pm - 3:00pm
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In prose works like The Icknield Way and In Pursuit of Spring, Edward Thomas pays many visits to churches and churchyards, where he is very interested in epitaphs and the names of the dead. He enjoys names like Thresher, Privett, Parrot, Corderoy, Strangways and Cunditt - 'By a kind of art the mere names in the churchyard sketch the characters' and a name can be 'a poem in itself'. This talk will explore these graves with Thomas and consider their relationship with his poetry, as well as exploring Thomas's thoughts about his own death and his own grave.

This talk will take place at Petersfield Museum with a live audience but will also be available to watch via a live Zoom stream from anywhere in the world!

Guy Cuthbertson's research has been focused on Edwardian England and the First World War, and he has been working on Edward Thomas's poetry and prose ever since his D.Phil at Oxford University.  With Lucy Newlyn, he edited Branch-Lines: Edward Thomas and Contemporary Poetry (2007), and he is a General Editor of Edward Thomas's prose for Oxford University Press.  He has edited two volumes of Thomas's prose, Autobiographies and England and Wales (the latter co-edited with Lucy Newlyn), and he is currently editing a third volume, looking at Thomas's writing about journeys and roads, and especially The Icknield Way and In Pursuit of Spring.  In 2018, he gave the British Academy's Chatterton Lecture on Poetry, choosing 'Edward Thomas and Simplicity' as his topic.  With Thomas and more widely, he is interested in simplicity in writing but also simple living, 'simple life' movements and the desire to get 'back to the land'.  Beyond Thomas, he has also worked on Wilfred Owen, and his biography of that poet was published by Yale University Press in 2014.  His most recent book, Peace at Last: A Portrait of Armistice Day, 11 November 1918, was published by Yale in 2018.  He is Head of the School of Humanities at Liverpool Hope University.