News -A new destination for Edward Thomas pilgrims.
Unveiling of the plaque at 113 Cowley Road, Oxford, Edward Thomas's first lodgings away from home, on May 16th 2015 at 2pm. All welcome. There will be some readings, a walk into Oxford and maybe tea in the garden on our return.
Edward Thomas and Oxford - Recognition at last -the long-awaited plaque commemorating Edward Thomas's first lodgings in Oxford.As I live in Oxford and have lived in or around the city since the mid-sixties it is important to me and I believe it was important to Edward Thomas, but he did not have a care-free time at University. He left school at just seventeen, his father insisting that he studied at home for Civil service entrance, but instead he set off to walk from London to Swindon, taking notes for the book that became A Woodland Life. He'd already had a dozen articles published in national journals and was earning money from them; this gave him courage to stand up to his father and the Civil service idea was dropped - instead he was able to apply to Oxford.
Graffiti shops, Cowley Road, by Jane Hope, www.janehope.co.uk
Not like North Oxford which is peppered with blue plaques.
I have very much wanted to see the house, 113, marked in some way. A young stone-mason, Richard Morely, happened to be living there, and we talked about the possibility of doing something, with the help of the Edward Thomas Fellowship. (Richard remains in Oxford and can be contacted for commissions - firstname.lastname@example.org)
The wording was agreed and a design made. Delays happened. The design has been altered now to a portrait shape but the wording remains the same and Richard has been given the go-ahead.
All lost, as is a childless woman's child
And its child's children, in the undefiled
Abyss of what can never come again.
I have forgot, too, names of mighty men
That fought and lost or won in the old wars,
Of kings and fiends and gods, and most of the stars.
Some things I have forgot that I forget.