Cover of the Friends of the Dymock Poets Journal


About the FDP . . .

The Friends of the Dymock Poets (FDP) was founded in 1993 to:

  • foster an interest in the work of the Dymock poets
  • help preserve places and things associated with the Dymock poets
  • keep members informed of literary and other matters relating to the Dymock poets
  • help protect the border countryside of Herefordshire and Gloucestershire
  • increase knowledge and appreciation of the landscape between May Hill and the Malvern Hills

We offer our members:

  • Dymock Poets and Friends, an annual journal containing original archive material together with essays on the Poets which relate them to the wider poetic context
  • a newsletter with information about forthcoming events, new books and activities
  • lectures, poetry readings, social meetings, publications
  • guided walks in the countryside of the Dymock poets
  • links with other literary societies
  • an annual event to commemorate the first meeting between Edward Thomas and Robert Frost on 6 October 1913, and the founding of the FDP exactly eighty years later.

The FDP’s officers and committee are:

  • President: Kelsey Thornton
  • Chairman & Journal Editor: Jeff Cooper
  • Secretary: Chris Cooper
  • Treasurer: Val Evans
  • Membership Secretary & Vice-Chairman: Simon Payton
  • Newsletter Editor: John Monks
  • Newsletter Assistant: Ray Canham
  • Web Site Designer: Neil Maybin

plus Greg Chambers, Barbara Davis, Bob May, Marion Shoard, Richard Simkin, and Jackie Tweedale.

You can contact us by sending an email to the society’s Chairman, Jeff Cooper.

For queries about this website, please email the FDP Webmaster, Neil Maybin.

If you would like to join, please visit our membership page.


For more information on our history,
see our ’History of the FDP‘ page
and Linda Hart’s article on the founding of the Friends of the Dymock Poets .

All the photos on this website were taken by Linda Hart (chairman of the FDP from 1993-2001) except for that of Little Iddens on the History page which was taken by Pugh’s Estate Agency of Ledbury and which is reproduced with their kind permission.


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