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Keep up-to date with the latest information surrounding The Edward Thomas Fellowship including, events news and membership.

eNews Note – June 2020

Hello Everyone and welcome to our latest E-Bulletin, which is issued in a situation that many, if not all, of us, could not have foreseen when the last one was sent on 19 March 2020.

In this note:

  • An update from the Chair
  • 2020 Birthday Walk
  • 2020 AGM
  • News from other Literary Societies
  • Autumn newsletter – call for content
  • Edward Thomas Study Centre – update – work starts again

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Edward Thomas Study Day 2020 – POSTPONED

It is with great sadness that, in the light of the Coronavirus pandemic and government guidelines, the Edward Thomas Study Day scheduled for 13 June 2020 has been postponed.

We are working with the participants and hosts to re-schedule the day, with a programme as close to that proposed this year, for a similar date in June 2021.

Once further information is available it will be posted on this page and in a future edition of the newsletter.

I know many will be disappointed, however we are looking forward to bringing the Study Day to you in 2021, when the new Study Centre in Petersfield Museum will also be open.… Continue Reading

Further re-arrangement of the 2020 Birthday Walk

The annual Birthday Walk will now take place on Sunday 4th October 2020

It will come as no surprise to members and friends that it is not feasible to hold the re-arranged Birthday Walk and AGM as planned on Sunday 5th April and it is therefore being postponed once again.

Whilst no-one knows what the situation will be like in October, it is currently proposed that the Walks will be re-arranged once again and will take place on Sunday 4th October 2020, at the same times and over the same routes.

This date has been chosen as it is close to the anniversary date of the unveiling of the Memorial Stone, which took place on 3rd October 1937.… Continue Reading

2020 Birthday Walk POSTPONED


It is with great regret that we have decided to postpone the annual Edward Thomas Birthday Walk, due to take place this Sunday, 1st March, owing to ground conditions, tree damage on the Hangers and concerns for participants safety on what will undoubtedly be difficult terrain.
This will also mean postponement of the Fellowship’s AGM scheduled to take place in the afternoon.
Both events will be rearranged to a date either in early April or early May and please keep a look out for a notice here or on our Facebook page.
Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this decision may have caused you.
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Edward Cawston Thomas Poetry Competition 2020 winning poems

The winning poems have now been announced by our judge, Jane Draycott.

The winning poem is ‘The Reader’ by Sue Davies.

The joint second prizes go to Elena Croitoru for her poem ‘Playground’ and to Jo Peters for her poem ‘snowfall’.

Poems by

James Driver, Peter Challis, Karin van Heerden, Laura Potts, Virginia Astley and Wendy Manning were all Highly Commended.

To read the prize-winning poems please follow this link Edward Cawston Thomas Poetry Competition 2020 winning poems

You can now read the judge’s report by following this link – Edward Thomas Fellowship Poetry Competition 2020 – Judge’s Report_JDraycottContinue Reading

A Nest of Singing Birds – an anthology of poems from The Edward Thomas Fellowship

The Fellowship has produced this very attractive anthology of winning poems from the last three years Poetry Competition, including the enlightening Judges’ reports.

Many of the poems show that they have learned from Thomas. £5.00, £1.50 p&p.

Fellowship members can buy from the Membership Secretary, while others should email . Both will take orders and give information about payment methods.… Continue Reading

eNews Note 02 – May 2019

In this note:

    • An article about the Friends of Steep Church and the work they have paid for to protect the Memorial Windows in Steep Church
    • News of a Poetry event in Portsmouth in June that will feature a talk about Edward Thomas
    • An opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Edward Thomas in July
    • An update about the joint Edward Thomas Fellowship / John Clare Society Study Day in September
    • A note about the Friends of the Dymock Poets Autumn Weekend in October
    • Ben Mackay is looking for volunteers to ‘trial’ his “In Pursuit of Spring” Walks
    • A copy of the draft minutes from this year’s AGM
    • And finally a 2020 date for your diary

Welcome to the second eNewsnote, which is intended to keep members of the Fellowship up to date with forthcoming events (which will also be featured on the Fellowship’s website) and other news that may be of interest.… Continue Reading

2019 Poetry Competition Winner’s Announced

Edward Thomas Fellowship’s annual Poetry Competition was initiated and endowed by the poet’s grandson Edward Cawston Thomas.

Now in its fourth year there has been an excellent response with over three hundred poems entered, most of them being of a high standard. Judged by the prize-winning poet and reviewer Jane Draycott the competition is now, we’re told, seen as a serious and prestigious one.

The 1st prize was won by Maggie Davison of Hexham, Northumberland for her poem, ‘Jacket’.

The two joint prize-winners are Richard Meier and Oliver Comins for ‘Faculties’ and ‘Winter Search’.

The six Highly Commended poets are Alyss Dye, Lindsay Rossdale, Helen Boyles, James Driver, Mark Fiddes and Tista Austin.… Continue Reading

Celebrate Edward Thomas’s Birthday by Joining The Birthday Walk

Edward Thomas was born in Lambeth on 3rd March 1878 and served, and died, in World War 1. 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, this year held on the Sunday 3rd March 2019, retraces the life of Edward Thomas and shares collected poems and prose of his work.Continue Reading