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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


The Edward Thomas Fellowship
Poetry Competition 2018

Poems are invited on any subject and style and of any sensible length. The closing date for entries is 7th February 2018. The sole judge will be the poet Jane Draycott.

The 1st prize will be £100, and there will be two further prizes of £25. The fees are £3 per poem or £10 for four.

Postal entries welcome. Cheques should be made payable to 'Edward Thomas Fellowship', sent with your details and the anonymised poem(s), to Margaret Keeping, 66 Fairacres Road, Oxford, OX4 1TG.

Alternatively, entries may be emailed to margthompson01@gmail.com, ensuring that the appropriate fee is paid into to the Fellowship’s bank account, 40-08-21, 11250205 with your initial and surname as reference, and with 'Competition' as description.

Read the winning poems of the 2017 competition: (PDF) or Word Doc.

Edward Thomas at Steep
 Edward Thomas at Steep, 1914.
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The Edward Thomas Birthday Walk:
Sunday 4th March

Each year, on the Sunday nearest to Edward Thomas's birthday (3rd March), the Fellowship organises a walk in the countryside near his home at Steep, near Petersfield in Hampshire. This event is the main annual gathering for Fellowship members.

As in recent years, there will be two walks during the day, and everyone is welcome to join either or both of them. Both walks will start at the car park of Bedales School, Church Road, Steep, GU32 2DG, where parking and toilets will be available throughout the day.

The walk sheet can be downloaded here. Printed copies of it will also be available on the day.

Those coming on the morning walk should meet in the car park between 10.00 and 10.15 am. This walk (a fairly strenuous 4.5 miles) will include a visit to the memorial stone on Shoulder of Mutton Hill.

Our lunch stop will be at Steep Memorial Village Hall. Please bring a packed lunch. Drinks will be available to purchase at a modest cost.

The afternoon walk will start at 2.30 pm from the car park of Bedales School, and will be a more leisurely stroll of approximately 2.5 miles.

Members of the Fellowship will read appropriate poems and prose during the walks.

Please wear suitable clothing and footwear (walking boots or wellingtons) for both walks. It is important that everyone participating in the walk reads the Health and Safety Procedure (downloaded here) beforehand.

We shall end the day at Steep Church around 4.00 pm, where tea will be available. This will be followed by the Fellowship’s short AGM and the Birthday Tribute.

For further information about this event, please contact the organiser, Mike Cope.

Everyone is welcome to attend all or part of the day's activities. No prior booking is required.


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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