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Fields of Vision: a literary study day

An informal study-day devoted to the lives and writings of Richard Jefferies and Edward Thomas
 
This study-day is a collaboration between the Edward Thomas Fellowship and the Richard Jefferies Society.
 
Richard Jefferies - Swindon author
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It will examine both writers, particularly their shared interests and concerns, and the Wiltshire landscape that they both knew and wrote about.
 
Jem Poster, the distinguished poet, novelist and literary scholar, 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 (Chairman 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.

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 (see link below).

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 on  01723 375533.
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