Yes. I Remember Adlestrop: Celebrating the Influence of Edward Thomas on Contemporary Poetry

21/04/2017, 19:30 - 21:00

Free

Image caption: Photos from the archive. (c) Edward Thomas Estate

Venue: Little Man Coffee Company, Ivor House, Bridge Street, Cardiff, CF10 2EE

A unique poetry event to mark the centenary of the poet Edward Thomas, who was killed in action at the Battle of Arras in 1917.

Edward Thomas has influenced the work of numerous writers, from Robert Frost, Thomas Hardy and W.H. Auden, to Philip Larkin, Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes. This event, supported by Literature Wales, will celebrate the influence of his work on contemporary poetry.

Lucy Newlyn (from Oxford), Jonathan Edwards (from South Wales) and Glyn Edwards (from North Wales), will read their own poems and talk about the influence of Edward Thomas on their work. Local writers will also share poems written specially for the occasion, and there will be an open mic on the same theme.

Edward Thomas made a living writing travel books and critical reviews. It was a combination of his friendship with the American poet, Robert Frost, and the outbreak of the First World War, which led to him beginning to write poetry in 1914, until his tragic death just a short time later, on the Western Front.

The event will include a pop-up exhibition, featuring highlights from the University’s Edward Thomas archive. The collection includes original manuscripts of some of his poems, as well as objects such as the watch and letter which were in his pocket when he was killed.

This event is part of a month-long project – ‘Edward Thomas 100’. There will also be a creative writing workshop on 8th April. Visit our website for more details: https://scolarcardiff.wordpress.com/2017/02/14/edward-thomas/

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