Saturday 28th March

Central Community Centre
Emlyn Square



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Spring Meeting with the Alfred Williams Society

10:30 am    Coffee and Registration
11:00 am    Welcome
An introduction to the Friends of the Dymock Poets and The Alfred Williams Society.
11:15 am    “That Enchanted Land”:
Impressions of the Poets in Dymock

Melody Grace
11:30 am    Presentation by the Alfred Williams Society
Caroline Ockwell
Alfred Williams, 1877-1930, grew up in poverty as his mother raised children single-handedly, after his father left. When he was only 8 he became a ‘half-timer’, working part of the day on a farm and the rest at school, and left school altogether three years later. The prospect of much better pay at the GWR railway factory persuaded him to go ‘inside’ when he was fifteen. The ‘Hammerman Poet’ wrote six books of poetry and books about nature and the Wiltshire area. Life in a Railway Factory, about his experiences in the Railway Works, was published in 1915. Despite a life of poverty and having to write in his precious spare time, Alfred’s work was often reviewed in The Times and was known to three prime ministers.
12:10 pm    An Imaginary England: Landscape and Literature
Roger Ebbatson
Author and academic Roger Ebbatson explores the literary landscapes represented by poets and writers in late 19th and early 20th Century, particularly in the Wiltshire countryside of Richard Jefferies that inspired Edward Thomas, Alfred Williams and others.
Q & A
1:00 pm    Lunch
2:30 pm    ‘Late’ Thomas
John Monks
Studying the last poems that Edward Thomas wrote before he was killed at the Western Front on 9 April 1917 reveals a poet beginning to see deeper into his art and perhaps lose something of his self-consciousness, yet history determined that this beginning was also to be his final or ‘late’ period.
John Monks’ doctorate focussed on Edward Thomas’’s prose and his preparation for becoming a poet. This talk will explore Thomas’s later verse, which contains some less familiar poems, and suggest that it is among the most probing poetry in Thomas’s lifelong but truncated search for his true voice.
John Monks is editor of the Friends of the Dymock Poets Journal.
3:10 pm    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. Currently working on her next book, she explores the literary and personal legacy of Rupert Brooke and attempts to explain why, despite little concrete evidence, he has come to epitomise the romantic war hero poet of WW1.
Jane will share her knowledge, and engage with former Rupert Brooke Society Chair Neil Maybin and the audience in an open discussion about Brooke’s life, his friendships and who we think Rupert Brooke really was.
Jane Winter is a retired human rights activist and also involved in Hacked Off, which campaigns for independent, responsible press regulation.
4:00 pm    Close





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