The Fast Beat My Heart – Edward Thomas and Family at Steep – an hour-long CD featuring readings by Alastair Danson and Harriet Grasby of the Spoken Word company, specialists in literary and poetry events and programmes.
The CD includes the voice of Myfanwy Thomas with a few extracts from her book One of These Fine Days. This is an audio-anthology compiled, recorded and produced for the Edward Thomas Fellowship by Chris Brown. The programme is divided into four segments: ‘Openings’ / ‘Steep – Season by Season’ / ‘Home – at the crest and the feet of the hill’ / ‘Towards an Ending’. The content is taken from Edward Thomas’s poetry and prose, as well as extracts from his letters, together with sections from his wife Helen’s letters and prose and from his daughter Myfanwy’s writing.
The cover (shown here) has specially commissioned artwork depicting species of plants and creatures local to the village of Steep and with a central motif of a thrush and the plant Lad’s Love (or Old Man), both of which are focal points in the poetry of Edward Thomas. This CD costs £10.00 including post and packing. Cheques should be payable to ‘The Edward Thomas Fellowship’. Orders (with a return address clearly stated, please) should be sent to:
Richard Emeny C/O Edward Thomas CD
4 High Street,
North Petherton, Bridgwater
Edward Thomas 90th Anniversary Walk and Tribute(DVD/PAL, approximately 75 minutes) On a warm sunny day in April 2007, members and friends of the Edward Thomas Fellowship met at Steep in Hampshire to retrace the steps of the poet, visiting the Red House, the Bee House, Shoulder of Mutton Hill, the Mill, Berryfield and Yew Tree Cottage, and stopping along the way to hear readings from poems and letters.
In the afternoon, a large assembly in the church was treated to further readings from moving letters written during the First World War, up until the time of Edward Thomas ’s untimely death. A DVD recording this event is available for £16.00 (inclusive of post and packing) from
27 Woodbury Avenue,
Cheques payable to ‘David Jeffery’.