Yes. I Remember Adlestrop: Celebrating the Influence of Edward Thomas on Contemporary Poetry
Friday 21st April
7.30pm (doors open from 7pm)
Venue: Little Man Coffee Company, Ivor House, Bridge Street, Cardiff, CF10 2EE
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 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.
The event will also include a pop-up exhibition, featuring highlights from the Edward Thomas archive, and there will be a selection of Seren titles (from Jonathan Edwards’ My Family and Other Superheroes to Sean Street’s The Dymock Poets) available to purchase on the night.
More about the poets:
Professor Lucy Newlyn is both an academic and a poet, having lectured at Oxford University since 1984, where she is now an Emeritus Fellow of St Edmund Hall. Her first poetry collection Ginnel was published by Oxford Poets/Carcanet in 2005, and a second collection, Earth’s Almanac, was published by Enitharmon Press in 2015. She has been literary editor of the Oxford Magazine since 2011. She has a longstanding interest in the work of Edward Thomas, and has co-edited Branch-lines: Edward Thomas and Contemporary Poetry and published other work related to his prose and poetry.
Jonathan Edwards’ first collection, My Family and Other Superheroes (Seren, 2014) received the Costa Poetry Award and the Wales Book of the Year People’s Choice Award. It was shortlisted for the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. Jonathan works as a teacher and the poems of Edward Thomas, rich in their treatment of people, nature and time, are among his favourite to teach.
Glyn Edwards has been Writer in Residence at a number of literature festivals including the ‘Poem for October’ project at the Dylan Thomas Boathouse. He has had work published in the Wales Arts Review, The Lonely Crowd, The Lampeter Review and a variety of other publications. His debut poetry collection, ‘Conversations’, will be published in 2018, and will include poems written in response to Edward Thomas and Robert Frost.
Event supported by Literature Wales