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Adlestrop and Edward Thomas

January 26, 2014

Received this today from The Edward Thomas Fellowship (do look at their website). The programme looks well worth while, hopefully on BBC online if you can’t get it directly.

Open Country: Adlestrop

BBC Radio 4:
Thursday 30th January, 15.00
Saturday 1st February, 06.07 (repeat)

BBC description:
‘Helen Mark visits the small Gloucestershire village of Adlestrop that inspired Edward Thomas’ famous eponymous poem when his steam train unexpectedly stopped there 100 years ago, on the eve of war. Helen meets Ian Morton of the Edward Thomas Fellowship to find out more about the poet who died in combat in 1917, as well as people who live and work in this beautiful corner of the Cotswolds. She visits Daylesford, the nearby large organic farm operation, makers of their own Adlestrop cheese, and hears about the Wychwood Forest Project.’

This is a good opportunity to mention a new publication, And for That Minute: Incident at Adlestrop Station GWR, by Leonard McDermid (paperback, £8.00), which is available postage-free from Stichill Marigold Press.

Also relevant, Adlestrop Revisited: An Anthology inspired by Edward Thomas’s Poem (paperback, RRP £12.99), compiled and edited by Anne Harvey, remains available from Hive, the Book Depository and other online booksellers.

Adlestrop

Yes. I remember Adlestrop

The name, because one afternoon

Of heat, the express-train drew up there

Unwontedly. It was late June.
The steam hissed. Someone cleared his throat.

No one left and no one came

On the bare platform. What I saw

Was Adlestrop—only the name
And willows, willow-herb, and grass,

And meadowsweet, and haycocks dry,

No whit less still and lonely fair

Than the high cloudlets in the sky.
And for that minute a blackbird sang

Close by, and round him, mistier,

Farther and farther, all the birds

Of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire

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