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Here is the Edward Thomas Fellowship's programme of events for 2018, currently just the Birthday and Autumn Walks, but other events may be organised.

Here too are details of a magnificent illustrated edition of Edward Thomas's poems and a CD of readings of his poetry and prose, available from the Fellowship.

Birthday Walk

Autumn Walk

Words into Wood

Fast Beat My Heart

Edward Thomas at Steep
 Edward Thomas at Steep, 1914.

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2018 Birthday Walks and AGM Cancelled

With great reluctance, but in view of prevailing local and national weather conditions - coupled with an icy ground, the Committee have decided to postpone this year's Birthday Walk and Fellowship AGM until later this year, possibly the weekend of the 21st and 22nd April. Further details will follow about this when confirmed.

In the meantime, we apologise for any inconvenience and disruption to plans you may have made for this weekend and hope you will understand and appreciate why we have made this decision now, before people start travelling.

We also hope this will allow more members, and friends, to join us in April, when weather conditions are expected to be a little more benign.

May we also ask, please, that if you know of anyone planning on coming on either of the Birthday Walks, or attending the AGM, and who may not see this message, to let them know of this postponement.

With kind regards and many thanks for your understanding.

Jeremy Mitchell
Vice-Chairman (on behalf of the Committee of the Edward Thomas Fellowship)


The Edward Thomas Fellowship
Poetry Competition 2018

Jane Draycott, who judged the poems, has chosen the following out of the hundred that were entered.

  • 1st prize:'Sojourn', by Alyss Dye
  • Joint 2nd prize: 'Bench' by Richard Meier and 'Rosary' by Phil Kirby
  • Highly commended: poems by Carl Tomlinson, Patience Light, Roger Elkin, Sarah Macleod (two poems) and a further poem by Phil Kirby.

Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to everyone who entered.


Autmnn Walk
Saturday 22nd September
Aston Upthorpe and the Berkshire Downs

This year's Autumn Walk will be preceded, in Aston Upthorpe Village Hall, by a presentation by Professor Patrick Dillon (a specialist in environmental history) about the connections between John Masefield, Edward Thomas and the Berkshire Downs which both knew well. Lunch may be either a picnic or a local pub meal. In the afternoon, Patrick Dillon will lead a walk around Aston Upthorpre, Lollington and Aston Tirrold villages, covering this area's literary associations.

More details will be posted here closer to the time.


Centenary Visit to Arras 2017

Ian Mellor reports on his visit to northern France with the Edward Thomas Fellowship.

As part of their journey to honour the life and death of Edward Thomas on April 9th, 1917, members and friends of the Fellowship consider their memories and impressions as they visit the scenes of the poet’s last days around the battlegrounds of Arras and his final resting place at the military cemetery of Agny.

Read the full report


Word into Wood

Edward Thomas: Words into Wood

The Edward Thomas Fellowship has published a fine-art limited-edition book featuring eighteen poems by Edward Thomas, illustrated by specially commissioned wood engravings by contemporary artists. Find out more.


CD cover for  "The Fast Beat My Heart - Edward Thomas and Family at Steep"

CD of poetry and prose by Edward Thomas

Fast Beat My Heart: Edward Thomas and Family at Steep is an hour-long CD featuring readings by Alastair Danson and Harriet Grasby of the Spoken Word company, specialists in literary and poetry events and programmes. The CD includes the voice of Myfanwy Thomas with a few extracts from her book One of These Fine Days. This is an audio-anthology compiled, recorded and produced for the Edward Thomas Fellowship by Chris Brown.The programme is divided into four segments: 'Openings' / 'Steep - Season by Season' / 'Home - at the crest and the feet of the hill' / 'Towards an Ending'. The content is taken from Edward Thomas's poetry and prose, as well as extracts from his letters, together with sections from his wife Helen's letters and prose and from his daughter Myfanwy's writing.The cover (shown here) has specially commissioned artwork depicting species of plants and creatures local to the village of Steep and with a central motif of a thrush and the plant Lad's Love (or Old Man), both of which are focal points in the poetry of Edward Thomas.

This CD costs £10.00 including post and packing. Cheques should be payable to 'The Edward Thomas Fellowship'. Orders (with a return address clearly stated, please) should be sent to: Richard Emeny, Edward Thomas CD, Melrose House, 4 High Street, North Petherton, Bridgwater, Somerset,TA6 6NQ.


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