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Edward Thomas Weekend, 6-8 October 2023 (Saturday event)

7th October 2023 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm BST

Free – £10

Join members of the Edward Thomas Fellowship in Petersfield, at The Avenue Pavilion, Petersfield, and online for 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. Hear also about how Edward Thomas was already writing about Climate Change over 100 years ago.

Speakers include:

The lecturer, poet, press critic and editor Rory Waterman who will read some of his own poetry and talk about the ‘Super-Tramp’ Poet W. H. Davies and his elegy for Edward Thomas.


Dr Jane Potter, Reader in Arts in the School of Arts at Oxford Brooke University, author, editor and Trustee of the Wilfred Own Literary Estate. Jane will be talking about Wilfred Owen and his time in the Artists Rifles at Hare Hall Camp, where he may well have been instructed by Edward Thomas.

Title: ‘Now that the novelty is wearing off, this Camping is beginning to get troublesome’: Wilfred Owen at Hare Hall Camp 
This paper will focus on Wilfred Owen’s time at Hare Hall Camp in the Autumn and Winter of 1915. Drawing on Owen’s letters, it will consider the poems he drafted during this time, over a year before he experienced French battlefields. It will analyse the ways in which these poems differ from those that grew out of his experience of what he called ‘the abode of madness’ at the Western Front and reflect on the possibility of a ‘strange meeting’ with Edward Thomas, whose time at Hare Hall overlapped with Owen’s.


Our third contributor is Jennifer Evans who is a Librarian at Amgueddfa Cymru (National Museum Wales) and who has been project managing a digital archives volunteer project using a crowdsourcing platform.

Jennifer will be telling us more about this fascinating project.


Professor Guy Cuthbertson, well known to members of the Edward Thomas Fellowship as a frequent, and excellent, speaker at our regular talks, as a member of the transatlantic Frost / Thomas discussions and as a participant in our Literary Festival is our fourth participant. He may also be remembered as a participant in Remembrance Day programmes on TV.

Guy will be talking about ‘Edward Thomas and Climate Change’.

Arrive at 10 am for a 10.30 start.

Tea and Coffee will be available upon arrival.

The day should finish around 4 pm.

This is a ticketed event.

Limited car parking is available on-site but use of The Festival Hall Car Park is recommended.

Further event details and booking information are available here.


7th October 2023
10:00 am - 4:00 pm BST
Free – £10
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The Edward Thomas Fellowship
07920 193025
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The Avenue Pavilion, Peterfield
The Avenue
Petersfield,HampshireGU31 4JQUnited Kingdom
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