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Annual Birthday Walk

Edward Thomas was born in Lambeth on 3rd March 1878 and served, and died, in the First World War. He was a literary critic and country writer who came late to writing poetry, now being one of the War Poets commemorated in Westminster Abbey.

Thomas was encouraged by American poet Robert Frost, after they met in 1913, to write poetry and verse. He and Helen had moved to Steep, just outside Petersfield, in 1906 where they lived in three different houses around the village. Edward drew inspiration to write his poems from the beautiful Hampshire countryside which surrounds Steep.

The Birthday Walk, held annually in March on the Sunday closest to Edward Thomas’s Birthday, retraces his life and shares collected poems and prose of his work.

The Birthday Walk

Edward Thomas Memorial Stone, Shoulder of Mutton Hill, Steep, Hampshire
Image Credit and copyright: Matt Cook

The 2021 Birthday Walk, which would normally take place in March has been postponed due to the COVID pandemic.

The Edward Thomas Fellowship committee have agreed that the 2021 Walk, which would normally have taken place in March, will be cancelled and that a new date will not be proposed until restrictions start being lifted and the outlook for such events is clearer.
Members will shortly be receiving the February Newsletter, which will also include an AGM ‘pack’ with information about arrangements for this year’s AGM, which will be a ‘virtual’ meeting taking place on 21st March at 2.30 pm.
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