Edward Thomas, the poet who died in the First World War, is the subject of this blog and of my novel, A Conscious Englishman. It is about Thomas, his wife Helen, Robert Frost, Eleanor Farjeon and others of the period, and about nature, place and poetry.
'Margaret Keeping's inhabitation of Edward, Robert, Helen and their world is tender and subtle...a lovely novel.'. Robert Macfarlane
Friday, May 9, 2014
PEDAL FOLK following the route of 'In Pursuit of Spring'.
Pedal Folk are a musical collective who power their journeys from gig to gig purely by bike. Folk musicians Robin Grey and Tim Graham spearheaded the project that hit the road last year in order to promote sustainable touring and make more out of the time spent travelling between performances. They completed two tours in 2013 covering just under 200 miles accompanied by Galway born fiddler Katie Stone-Lonergan. This April they undertook their largest tour yet travelling from London to the Quantocks in the well worn tyre tracks of Edward Thomas that he recounted in 'In Pursuit of Spring'.
This May they are heading on a return journey from Bath to Oxford, performing music written and inspired by Thomas' work as well as folk songs and tunes that were collected in the counties he passed through.