15th,16th,17th September 2017

The R S Thomas Festival organisers regret to announce that Sgarmes has cancelled their performance on Friday 15 September.

R S Thomas
We are delighted to announce that the poetry competition is now fully booked
and we therefore cannot take any further entries.

This is the 4th occasion this poetry competition has taken place to honour the memory of the internationally acclaimed poet, R.S. Thomas who was Vicar of this parish from 1954-1967.

1st  Prize £250
2nd Prize £100
Highly commended £40

The competition will be judged by Gillian Clarke (National Poet of Wales 2008-2016)
Professor Tony Brown of Bangor University

For more information please contact Anita Major: email

Includes Entry Forms and Ticket Requirements
(all cheques for the Festival payable to St Michaels Church)

BOOK NOW (see leaflet)
R S Thomas Literary Festival and Open Poetry Competition
15, 16, 17 September 2017
Another Literary Festival is taking place at St Michael’s, Eglwysfach, Ceredigion that commemorates the lives of R S Thomas (1913-2000) and his wife, the artist, M E Eldridge (1909-1991). He was Vicar of Eglwysfach from 1954-1967 and wrote some of his finest poetry at this time and became internationally famous.

Eglwysfach is situated on the beautiful Dyfi estuary on the west coast in mid Wales.

On Friday 15 September at 2.00 the first lecture is by Peter LordM E Eldridge in context: Welsh Environment and Romanticism’. Elsi was a remarkably talented woman described as ‘Yesterdays Shining Star’ being an accomplished artist selling some 2,000 finished pictures and innumerable studies. Above all she helped R S Thomas to realize his career as a poet. It is a unique opportunity to view her work as some of her paintings and prints are to be exhibited in the church.

This is followed at 16.00 by Professor Jason Walford Davies, Co-Director of the R S Thomas Research Centre, Bangor. His lecture is entitled ‘The two-way traffic of meaningful speech’: R S Thomas – a newly-discovered correspondence.

(CANCELLED) That evening at 19.30 Sgarmes led by Elinor Powell gives a repeat performance of their highly successful concert appearance on BBC 1 in July on ‘Pitch Battle’.

On Saturday 16 September at 11.00 we are fortunate to welcome the Bishop of St Davids in a morning service led by Canon Stuart Bell. She will then bless the newly restored St Non’s Well.

At 14.00 there is a lecture by Ifor ap Glyn (National Poet of Wales)Water spirituality: a tour around some notable wells from Buxton to Eglwysfach’. Followed by Professor Tony Brown, also Co-Director of the R S Thomas Research Centre at 16.00 who will speak on ‘Sharing in the building: The Creative Relationship of R S Thomas and Elsi Eldridge’.

On 17 September at 11.30 a Poetry Reading is to be given by Ifor ap Glyn and Gillian Clarke

The Poetry Competition starts at 13.30.
The judges are Gillian Clarke (former National Poet of Wales). and Professor Tony Brown.

The competition themes for poets are:

I can’t speak my own                                       The meaning is in the waiting      (‘Kneeling’
Language – Iesu,
All those good words:                                      A bird chimes
And I outside them.      (‘Welsh’)                      from a green tree
                                                                        the hour that is no hour
R S Thomas                                                                 you know      (‘Arrival)

1st prize £250, 2nd prize £100, Highly commended £40.

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