Saturday 3rd - Sunday 4th October

Colwall Park Hotel
Walwyn Road
WR14 6QG

AGM Weekend

Please save the date in your diary.

Rupert Brooke and Cambridge, Skyros and Phyllis Gardener.
Rupert Brooke and the Dymock Poets.
Full details will be published nearer the time.


Other Events of Interest

Thumbnail of cover of Jean Moorcrofr-Wilson's book, Edward Thomas: from Adlestrop to Arras Edward Thomas: from Adlestrop to Arras

Jean Moorcroft Wilson

Wednesday 20 May 2015 at 7pm

Waterstones Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD

In this period of anniversaries and reflections on the First World War, we are thrilled to welcome the undisputed doyenne of War Poets biographers, Jean Moorcroft Wilson, to Waterstones Piccadilly where, launching her powerful new biography, she will discuss the life and art of poet Edward Thomas.

This event is free but please RSVP by email to

New Numbers: New Approaches

University of Gloucestershire

Weekend of 6 - 7 June 2015

Francis Close Hall Campus, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham

This conference is being organised by the School of Humanities and the Special Collections and Archives, in conjunction with the Friends of the Dymock Poets and the Edward Thomas Society, in order to celebrate our shared interest in the Dymock Poets in the context of the First World War.

On Saturday, there will be a mixture of papers and presentations about the collection of papers held in the University, including Richard Emeny speaking on Edward Thomas and Jeff Cooper speaking on Lascelles Abercrombie. Other contributions will be made by academic staff in the School of Humanities. Lunch will be provided.

The evening will feature the premiere of a play about the Dymock Poets. This play is being written by postgraduate students on the MA Creative and Critical Writing, and supported by the Janet Trotter Trust. It will be a co-production of Eleven Places Theatre Company and Dreamshed Theatre Company.

On Sunday, the Friends of the Dymock Poets will host a walk around Dymock. Coach travel will be organised.

For more information and to buy tickets, see the University of Gloucester’s page for the conference.


A Celebration of May Hill

The National Trust

Saturday 13 June 2015 from 10am

May Hill Village Hall and May Hill

2015 marks 100 years since the poet Edward Thomas began to compose his famous poem Words whilst sitting on May Hill. We’re celebrating all things arty that have been inspired by this beautiful landmark. The day will include displays of local art work and poetry - including pieces by the famous Dymock Poets. It will be a family day with the judging of the poetry competition (see below) and guided walks to the top of May Hill led by National Trust rangers and much more.

Connected with this is a poetry competition to be judged by a well-known poet with cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd entries. Poems can be any length up to 40 lines and must relate to the landscape of May Hill. The closing date for submissions has been extended to 17th May 2015 and the entry fee is £5 for each poem. Please send cheques payable to the ‘National Trust’ with entries to The National Trust, Heart of the Cotswolds, Ebworth Centre, The Camp, Gloucestershire, GL6 7ES.

For more information, please email Jean Hume at the National Trust.

All Welcome


Max Egremont: Forever England:
Poets of the First World War and their view of home

Autumn in Malvern Festival

Sunday 27th September at 3pm

The Council Chamber - Priory Lodge Hall - Great Malvern, WR14 3AF

The talk will be about how the poets looked back from the trenches to an ideal England. It will comment on how the survivors saw the pre-1914 era. Also how the poets’ war became a widely accepted version of the historical truth. Among the poets featured will be Edward Thomas, Rupert Brooke and Ivor Gurney. The charge to the general public for a ticket will be £7.

FThe Friends of the Dymock Poets is sponsoring this event and will offer tickets to members at a discounted rate on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.



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