"Edward Thomas & Wales" Jeff Towns Portsmouth Festivities

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Once again, local arts organisation Portsmouth Poetry will be hosting major events at the 20th Portsmouth Festivities in June.

In a free event on the opening weekend, Portsmouth Poetry presents Swansea author Jeff Towns talking about the famous Welsh poet Edward Thomas, the subject of his latest book “Edward Thomas and Wales” published by Parthian. An entertaining account of the poet, his life, work and those he influenced includes images, film, audio recordings and performance readings, has already proven a hit at arts festivals and literary events and is part of Portsmouth Poetry’s “Lost Poets” programme which began with the successful Passchendaele exhibition in 2017.

Although he only wrote poetry in the last two years of his life, Edward Thomas is counted as one of the outstanding poets of the C20th. Ted Hughes called him “the father of us all”. A successful author and book reviewer, Thomas was persuaded to write poetry by his friend the American poet Robert Frost and inspired Frosts’ best known poem “The Road Not Taken”. Before his death in the first world war Battle of Arras in 1917, he had written nearly 150 poems influencing generations of poets such as Dylan Thomas and W H Auden.

Welsh by birth, Edward Thomas has an important local connection. He lived the last years of his life in the village of Steep near Petersefield and it was here he was persuaded to become a poet.

Jeff Towns is a successful Swansea bookseller whose customers include Prince Charles and Cerys Matthews. He has published several books on Dylan Thomas and is a respected authority on Welsh poetry and poets.

Portsmouth Festivities celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and Portsmouth Poetry has been a Festivities ‘Creative Partner’ since 2016. Portsmouth Poetry and Festivities are co-curating the headline closing event “20 Love” in which young stand-up poets and musicians will perform work inspired by the famous Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.

Portsmouth Poetry Chair Josh Brown says “We are delighted to have Jeff as part of our ‘Lost Poets’ project. Poetry is enjoying a renaissance at the moment and Edward Thomas was hugely important to poetry today. He was one of around 30 leading poets who died in the first world war who deserve to be enjoyed today. Along with Rupert Brooke, who was stationed in Portsmouth, the city should be proud of its connection with two of the great war poets.”
Once again, local arts organisation Portsmouth Poetry will be hosting major events at the 20th Portsmouth Festivities in June.

In a free event on the opening weekend, Portsmouth Poetry presents Swansea author Jeff Towns talking about the famous Welsh poet Edward Thomas, the subject of his latest book “Edward Thomas and Wales” published by Parthian. An entertaining account of the poet, his life, work and those he influenced includes images, film, audio recordings and performance readings, has already proven a hit at arts festivals and literary events and is part of Portsmouth Poetry’s “Lost Poets” programme which began with the successful Passchendaele exhibition in 2017.

Although he only wrote poetry in the last two years of his life, Edward Thomas is counted as one of the outstanding poets of the C20th. Ted Hughes called him “the father of us all”. A successful author and book reviewer, Thomas was persuaded to write poetry by his friend the American poet Robert Frost and inspired Frosts’ best known poem “The Road Not Taken”. Before his death in the first world war Battle of Arras in 1917, he had written nearly 150 poems influencing generations of poets such as Dylan Thomas and W H Auden.

Welsh by birth, Edward Thomas has an important local connection. He lived the last years of his life in the village of Steep near Petersefield and it was here he was persuaded to become a poet.

Jeff Towns is a successful Swansea bookseller whose customers include Prince Charles and Cerys Matthews. He has published several books on Dylan Thomas and is a respected authority on Welsh poetry and poets.

Portsmouth Festivities celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and Portsmouth Poetry has been a Festivities ‘Creative Partner’ since 2016. Portsmouth Poetry and Festivities are co-curating the headline closing event “20 Love” in which young stand-up poets and musicians will perform work inspired by the famous Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.

Portsmouth Poetry Chair Josh Brown says “We are delighted to have Jeff as part of our ‘Lost Poets’ project. Poetry is enjoying a renaissance at the moment and Edward Thomas was hugely important to poetry today. He was one of around 30 leading poets who died in the first world war who deserve to be enjoyed today. Along with Rupert Brooke, who was stationed in Portsmouth, the city should be proud of its connection with two of the great war poets.”

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John Pounds Centre
23 Queen Street
Portsmouth
PO1 3HN

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