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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

Poetry Competition 2019

Poems are invited on any subject and style and of any length. Closing date January 28th 2019.

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

Prizes: 1st prize £150, two further £50 prizes. Fees; £3 per poem, £10 for four.

Postal entries welcome, cheques payable to Edward Thomas Fellowship, sent with your details and the anonymised poem(s) to

Margaret Keeping,
66 Fairacres Road,
Oxford,
OX4 1TG

OR

Word document emailed to margthompson01@gmail.com + fee to the Fellowship’s account, 40-08-21, 11250205 with your initial and surname as Reference, Competition as description.

Jane Draycott, who also judged the poems in 2018, chose the following winners last year out of the hundred that were entered.… Continue Reading