Conference Programme

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Wednesday, 19th April

9 a.m. – 10.45 a.m. Registration and coffee

10.45 a.m. Welcome: Jamie Castell and Katie Gramich

11.00 a.m. Plenary Lecture 1:

  • Professor Edna Longley (Queens University, Belfast), ‘Edward Thomas as Poet-Critic’

12.30 p.m. Lunch

1.30 p.m. Session 1:

  • Martin Brooks (Nottingham),‘”As nought had been and nought would be again”: The Importance of John Clare to Edward Thomas’ Poetry’
  • Dr Siriol McAvoy (Cardiff), ‘”[W]hat we must remember; what we would forget’: Virginia Woolf and Edward Thomas’
  • Dr Sam Perry (Hull), ‘”The father of us all”: Edward Thomas and Parenthood’

2.45 p.m. Guided tour of Edward Thomas exhibition, Special Collections and Archives, Arts and Social Studies Library

3.30 p.m. Tea

4.00 p.m. Poetry in the Making, Special Collections and Archives, Arts and Social Studies Library

  • Dr Carrie Smith (Cardiff) and Cardiff University undergraduate students on Edward Thomas’ manuscripts and process

5.15 p.m. Session 2:

  • Thomas Tyrrell (Cardiff): ‘”Then I grew up, you see”: Childhood and memory in the poetry of Leanor Farjeon and Edward Thomas’
  • Jingcheng Xu (Bangor), ‘Nature, Earth and Art: Edward Thomas’s ‘Kindness’ and Daoists’ ‘Wuwei’ and ‘Buren’’

6.00 p.m. Poetry Reading – Ailbhe Darcy and others


Thursday 20th April

9.30 a.m. Session 3:

  • Dr Guy Cuthbertson (Liverpool Hope), ‘”Work, Not Words”: Edward Thomas and the War Against Writing’
  • Professor Helen Phillips (Cardiff University), ‘Edward Thomas and Gordon Bottomley’

10.30 a.m. Coffee

11.00 a.m. Plenary Lecture 2:

  • Dr Andy Webb (Bangor University), ‘”I am slowly growing into a conscious Englishman”: Edward Thomas, Wales and England’

12.30 p.m. Lunch

1.30 p.m. Session 4:

  • Jack Thacker (Exeter), ‘Headlands: Poets from Northern Ireland Turn to Thomas’
  • Robert Walton (Cardiff), ‘Buildings of Stone and Glass: Buildings as Tropes of Comfort and Vulnerability in the Poetry of Edward Thomas’
  • Elizabeth Black (Manchester), ‘”Literally, for this”: Edward Thomas’s Ecocentric War Poetry’

2.45 p.m. Tea

3.30 p.m. Plenary Lecture 3:

  • Professor Lucy Newlyn (St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford), ‘The strange Romanticism of Edward Thomas’

5.00 p.m. Session 5:

Enitharmon Press Book Launch:

  • Under the Same Moon: Edward Thomas and the English Lyric by Edna Longley

7.30 p.m. Conference dinner


Friday 21st April

Optional day trip to walk in Thomas’s footsteps up to Llyn-y-Fan Fach in Carmarthenshire (weather permitting).

Departure: 10:00, John Percival Building, Cardiff University

Return: 16.30, Llyn-y-Fan Fach. Traffic-dependent, we hope to arrive back at the John Percival Building at c.18.00.