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RS Thomas Literary Festival & Poetry Competition

Fri 11 September 2015, 11.00 am - Sun 13 September 2015, 5.00 pm



RS Thomas was vicar of St Michael’s Church, Eglwysfach, from 1954 – 1967 during one of his most creative periods.
The recent surge of interest in R. S. Thomas, the unconventional and patriotic Welsh poet, has led to this third festival at Eglwysfach in his honour.

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Friday 11 September 2015
11 am The Inspiration of R. S. Thomas                                                                            Walk up Foel Fawr led by Jim Perrin, climber and Guardian correspondent £7            Meet at CADW car park in Furnace

Light refreshments in Iron Room

2 pm ‘R. S. Thomas & William Condry – Poetry and prose of a natural friendship’
Talk by Jim Perrin £7
In church
To be followed by:
‘A William Condry Reader’ by Jim Perrin
Book Signing and Sale

3.30pm Explore the RSPB wetlands and visit the
R. S. Thomas hide, led by Dave Anning,
RSPB Site Manager £5
Meet at church

3.30-7.30pm Archive films in the Iron Room

7.30pm Performance by Robin Huw Bowen
Master of the Welsh Triple Harp and internationally acclaimed musician                            In church

Saturday 12 September 2015
11 am Service in church:
Dr Rowan Williams and Canon Stuart Bell

Light refreshments in Iron Room

2 pm Prof. Tony Brown and Prof. M. Wynn Thomas will discuss the poetry of R. S. Thomas £15
In church

3.30pm ‘Death or Resurrection?: R.S.Thomas’ Vision’
Talk by Dr Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge and former
Archbishop of Canterbury £15
In church
Combined ticket for both £25

5 pm Christine Kinsey will give an illustrated talk on her career as a leading Welsh artist and the relationship between her paintings and the poetry of R. S. Thomas. £7
In Iron Room

7 pm Buffet reception at Glandyfi Castle £25 (max. 40 guests)

Sunday 13 September 2015
11.30am Gillian Clarke, National Poet of Wales reading her own poetry and a selection by R. S. Thomas £10
In church

Light refreshments in Iron Room

1.30 – 5 pm Poetry Competition Performance
Entry will be free to competitors £5
In church


Fri 11 September 2015, 11.00 am
Sun 13 September 2015, 5.00 pm


Joy Neal / Alison Swanson
01654 781 203 / 322


St Michael’s Church
Ceredigion, United Kingdom
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