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Walking in the footsteps of Edward Thomas

Published Tuesday 6th of January 2015 03:05:51 PM

On 16 November 1914 Edward Thomas embarked on his first poetic journey- writing Up in the wind. This poem was inspired by a conversation with a barmaid in the Pub with No Name.

On Sunday 16 November 2014, a crowd of Edward Thomas fans assembled to commemorate this and to embark on a poetic journey of their own- walking in the footsteps of the great man. The day began with two lectures which gave the audience details of the intriguing milieu of Thomas� life. The first lecture was given by Dr. Guy Cuthbertson- Professor of English literature at Liverpool University and biographer of Thomas. The second was given by David Cave the Head of English at Churcher�s and our very own Head of English, David Anson. These informative and enjoyable talks were followed by a poetic tour of Steep- Thomas� home village- which included his home, Steep Church and the crossroads (by the Cricketers) mentioned in his poem; �Aspens�. Soon it was time to embark on a treacherous expedition to the Poet�s Stone. This was a dangerous mission as the steep ascent had a thick coating of mud, yet for those dedicated clamberers it was most fruitful- leading to a sensational view. At the top our effort was duly rewarded with special Edward Thomas sausages and a heart warming poetry reading by the renowned critic Edna Longley and her husband, Michael Longley. As the day drew to a close, a commemorative Beech tree was planted at the Pub with No Name so that this brilliant man�s life and legacy could be appreciated in time to come.

�The past is the only dead thing that smells sweet�
Edward Thomas- Early one morning

By Flora Shaw, 6.1
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