Dymock Poets Study Day

We’re looking forward to the Dymock Poets study day on 14th May in TC002A, FCH Campus, University of Gloucestershire, Swindon Road, Cheltenham, GL50 4AZ

In the years prior to WW1, the village of Dymock became a meeting place for a loose group of poets who wrote and walked in the Gloucestershire countryside. The study day will include talks on Edward Thomas and folk song, Rupert Brooke’s personal and literary legacy, and the literary landscapes of the 19th and early 20th century.

The study day is a collaboration between the University of Gloucestershire’s Culture, Continuity and Transformation Research Priority Area, and the Friends of the Dymock Poets.

The event is free, with lunch available for £10 (subject to availability). Please email membership@dymockpoets.org.uk to book, stating whether you would like lunch or not, and whether you will attend in person or join us online.


10.30 a.m. Registration and coffee

11.00 a.m. Welcome and introduction to the day – Robert Moreland

11.10 a.m. An Imaginary England – Roger Ebbatson

Author and academic Roger Ebbatson explores the literary landscapes represented by poets and writers in the late 19th and early 20th Century.

11.55 a.m. Rupert Brooke: The Literary and Personal Legacy – Jane Winter

Jane has written a biography of Ka Cox, (a friend of Rupert Brooke and Virginia Woolf) and her husband Will Arnold-Forster. Jane will explore the literary and personal legacy of Rupert Brooke and attempt to explain why, despite little concrete evidence, he has come to epitomise the romantic war hero poet of WW1. Jane is a retired human rights activist.

12.40 p.m. Lunch

1.30 p.m. ‘Once amid a tap-room’s din’: Edward Thomas’s inns and folk songs – Martin Brooks

Martin, a Visiting Fellow at Staffs University, has written articles for journals such as The Cambridge Quarterly and the Journal of the English Association on subjects including ‘Edward Thomas and Money’, ‘Edward Thomas and Hedges’ and ‘Edward Thomas and the Imagination’

2.15 p.m. Robert Frost and the Gamekeeper – Jeff Cooper

Jeff is the grandson of Dymock Poet, Lascelles Abercrombie, and a past chair of the Dymock Poets. He will talk about the occasion when Frost was confronted by the gamekeeper of the local landowner Lord Beauchamp and its consequences.

3.00 p.m. Tea

3.30 p.m. Edward Thomas Study Centre – Jeremy Mitchell

Jeremy is chair of the Edward Thomas Fellowship. He will talk about Thomas today and the work of the Study Centre.

4.15 p.m. Closing Remarks – Robert Moreland

CCAT: https://www.glos.ac.uk/research/research-priority-areas/culture-continuity-transformation/

Friends of the Dymock Poets: www.dymockpoets.org.uk

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