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Edward Thomas London Walk – Sunday 2 June 2024

Sunday 2nd June 2024

11.30am from Clapham Junction station

Meet outside Sainsbury’s close to the station

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Lucy Milner, Edward & Helen’s great-granddaughter, will be leading the walk, largely following the map and guidance kindly provided by Benedict Mackay  I would highly recommend downloading/reading this document in advance.

This walk is approximately 4kms and will be undertaken at a leisurely pace, taking time for readings, chances to photograph, ask questions etc, en route. The terrain is easy, mostly on pavements and well established paths on Wandsworth Common. 

Lunch will be at approximately 12.45/1pm and I would advise bringing a pack up/picnic (remember Sainsbury’s at the walk’s start) which can be eaten on the Common opposite the Hope pub in Bellevue Road.Continue Reading

Essay Competition 2023-2024 – Results Announced

ETF Essay Competition 2023/24 Results Report

Following the success of the Essay Competition in 2022-2023, in the competition’s second year we invited year 12 and 13 students to write a close reading of Edward Thomas’ “As the team’s head brass”.

We were delighted to receive a total of 36 entries altogether, from 15 different schools, which included a spread of schools from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The quality of the essays in response to “As the team’s head brass” was very high. Selecting a shortlist and the eventual winners was particularly challenging.

Congratulations to Ruby O from Wellington College, our Winner this year, and our thanks to everyone who submitted an entry this year:

For a full list of winning entries, the results report and Ruby’s essay please visit our Results page.Continue Reading

Edward Cawston Thomas 2024 Poetry Prize Winners announced.

The Edward Thomas Fellowship Poetry Competition 2024, Edward Cawston Thomas Prize.

We are pleased to announce the names of the winners of the 2024 Competition, judged by the award- winning poet Jane Draycott.  As usual we have a First prize, with two equal Second prizes, followed by six Highly Commended poems. There were just over three hundred poems entered and our thanks to everyone who entered and warm congratulations to the winners.

Jane Draycott’s report and appreciation of the three main winning poems is available by following this link, followed by details of the Highly Commended winners.… Continue Reading

An ‘Edward Thomas Weekend’ in Petersfield, 6 – 8 October 2023

The Edward Thomas Fellowship is pleased to bring an ‘Edward Thomas Weekend’ to Petersfield this October with a mix of online, online and in person, and walking events over the course of the weekend.

On Friday 6 October in the evening (UK time) join members of the Edward Thomas Fellowship and the Robert Frost Society for a transatlantic online discussion about the two poets who were also great friends.

This will be the fourth such gathering and this year will look at the influences of Hampshire and New Hampshire on both men.

On Saturday 7 October, at The Avenue Pavilion, Petersfield, and online we will be holding a full day of talks and poetry readings inspired by the life and work of Edward Thomas and other poets and writers of that period.… Continue Reading

The Edward Cawston Thomas Poetry Prize 2024

Edward Thomas Fellowship Poetry Competition 2024, the Edward Cawston Thomas prize.

The 2024 competition for the Edward Cawston Thomas Poetry Prize is now open and accepting entries.

Poems, unpublished,  are invited on any subject but of no more than forty lines.

Closing date January 7th 2024.

The judge will be the prize-winning poet Jane Draycott.

Prizes:1st prize  £150, two further £75 prizes and up to six highly commended of £25. Winners are welcome to read at the Edward Thomas Fellowship AGM on 5th March at Steep, Hampshire.

Fees are £3 per poem with a maximum of three entered per person.… Continue Reading

Edward Thomas, Oxford and the Past

Edward Thomas, Oxford and the Past

Saturday 15 July 2023

As part of the Fellowship Committee’s wish to expand our activities and engagement, we are delighted to bring you details of this event which has been organised by members Margaret Keeping (author of A Conscious Englishman and also a Committee Member) and Julia Maxted (former Newsletter editor).

With morning and afternoon talks, the opportunity to view archival material and an optional walk, this promises to be an interesting and varied day. It will be taking place in the Museum Road complex of Edward’s College, Lincoln.

This event is open to both Members and non-Members of the Edward Thomas Fellowship, with preference given to Fellowship Members until 16 June.
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A second book by William Cooke about Edward Thomas and Gordon Bottomley

The second volume of William Cooke’s books about Edward Thomas and Gordon Bottomley will be published shortly (now delayed until July 2023)

Following a collaboration between The Edward Thomas Fellowship and the author William Cooke, we are delighted to bring you the follow-up edition to William’s recent Comrades in Letters about Edward Thomas and Gordon Bottomley.

For further information and news about the publication date and pricing please click here.… Continue Reading

Edward Thomas Fellowship – Your Committee Members

Committee Members

The current members of the Committee are shown here (please click on this link), together with their current roles and contact email addresses where appropriate. New members of the committee are always welcome and if you would like to know about being a committee member please contact a member of the committee.

There are currently three committee meetings a year (following changes brought about as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic and Climate Change it is planned that up to two of these meetings will be held by electronic means) and an AGM which is held in March following the annual Birthday Walk.… Continue Reading

Chronological Listing of Published Letters from Edward Thomas

The fourth revision to the ‘Chronological Listing of Published Letters from Edward Thomas’, including indexing the contents of the excellent ‘Comrades in letters’, has now been compiled by Fellowship member Graham Roe.

This wonderful research and general interest resource, listing the 1,119 letters from Edward Thomas that have been formally published, is available here on the Fellowship website.… Continue Reading