Fields of Vision - a study-day
martin at envoy.dircon.co.uk
Mon Mar 1 15:20:01 GMT 2010
Fields of Vision: an informal study-day devoted
to the lives and writings of Richard Jefferies and Edward Thomas
Saturday 8th May 2010, Liddington, Wiltshire
This study-day is a collaboration between the
Edward Thomas Fellowship and the Richard
Jefferies Society. It will examine both writers,
particularly their shared interests and concerns,
and the Wiltshire landscape that they both knew and wrote about.
The distinguished poet, novelist and literary
scholar, Jem Poster, who is currently preparing a
new edition of Richard Jefferies: His Life and
Work by Edward Thomas for Oxford University
Press, will be the keynote speaker. His lecture
is entitled 'First Known When Lost: Edward
Thomas, Richard Jefferies, and the Rural World'.
There will also be talks by Richard Emeny (a
former Honorary Secretary of the Edward Thomas
Fellowship, who has written and lectured
prolifically on Thomas and various related
authors) and Terry Lloyd (a Swindonian, and since
childhood an enthusiast for the works of Thomas
and Jefferies, who has thoroughly explored their landscapes on foot).
This event will be held in Liddington Village
Hall, from 10.30 to 4.30. Participants may bring
a packed lunch or eat in the Village Inn nearby.
During lunchtime, publications and other
merchandise from the Edward Thomas Fellowship and
the Richard Jefferies Society will be offered for
sale in the Village Hall, where there will
probably also be a second-hand book stall. All
Saints' Church will be open to visitors.
Places at the study-day cost £15 (£5 for students
and unemployed people), which include
refreshments but not lunch. Bookings must be made
before 1st May. A booking-form can be downloaded
from the Fellowship's website at <www.edward-thomas-fellowship.org.uk>.
At the end of the afternoon, there will be an
opportunity, using car-share, to visit St James's
Church at Eastbury, Berkshire, which features an
impressive engraved-glass window by Laurence
Whistler, commemorating Edward and Helen Thomas,
and where Helen is buried in the churchyard.
For more information about the study-day, contact
its co-ordinator, Martin Haggerty:
<martin at envoy.dircon.co.uk> or 01723 - 37 55 33.
In the Footsteps of Richard Jefferies
Sunday 9th May 2010, Coate, near Swindon, Wiltshire
Andrew Rossabi, a former President of the Richard
Jefferies Society, who has written introductions
to several new imprints of Jefferies' works and
is currently working on a new biography of this
writer, will lead a guided walk (with readings)
along the east side of Coate Water, over Cicelys
Bridge, to the Gamekeepers Cottage at Hodson,
where walkers may look around the garden and view
the old thatched cottage, as well as the
bluebells in Hodson Woods. The return route takes
in the west side of Coate Water, where a picnic
lunch may be eaten (alternatively eat at the Sun
Inn, Coate). In the afternoon, until 4.30 pm,
everyone will be welcome to explore Richard
Jefferies' home, watch the film Jefferies Land,
and share readings from Edward Thomas's and Jefferies' works.
This event is free and no prior booking is
required. Gather at the Richard Jefferies Museum, Coate, for a 10.30 start.
Edward Thomas Fellowship
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