R S Thomas

Closing Date for Entries Friday 13th August 2021

Poems will be submitted to the judges, and the winners will be announced on Sunday 12th September 2021 on the Church’s website
and through other mediums.  www.eglwysfach.co.uk  Twitter:  @RSThomaslitfes
Due to the current arrangements, there will be no readings of poems in St Michael’s Church

FIRST PRIZE £150  SECOND PRIZE £50                                        Judges:  Professor Tony Brown; Gillian Clarke

Entrants should write a poem in direct response to one of the given quotations from the work of R S Thomas. 
Reference may be made to the whole poem from which the quotation comes.

I am the farmer, stripped of love 
And thought and grace by the land’s hardness;
But what I am saying over the fields’
Desolate acres, rough with dew,   
Is, Listen, listen.  I am a man like you. 
‘The Hill Farmer Speaks’  Collected Poems 31

…there is a presence 
whose language   
is not our language, but who has chosen,
with peculiar charity the feathered   
creatures to convey the austerity
of his thought in song. 
‘The Blackbird’ Uncollected Poems 160

I can’t speak my own
Language – Iesu,
All those good words;
And I outside them.
‘Welsh‘  Collected Poems 129

What God was there made himself felt,
Not listened to, in clean colours
That brought a moistening of the eye,
In movement of the wind over grass.
‘The Moor’ Collected Poems 166

When he came in, she was there.
When she looked at him,
he smiled.  There were lights
in time’s wave breaking
on an eternal shore.
‘He and She’ Collected Poems 459

The meaning is in the waiting.
‘Kneeling’ Collected Poems 199


Poets are invited to submit one or two unpublished poems of no more than 30 lines or equivalent, typewritten if possible.

Entrance fee: £10 for one poem
£15 for two poems
cheques payable to St Michael’s Church.


Please send three copies of each poem (only one with your name on), together with entrance fee, your address, email address and telephone number to:
Mrs. A. Major, Heisterbach, Furnace, Machynlleth, SY20 8PG (anita.heisterbach@gmail.com)

A full R S Thomas Literary Festival is planned for 16-18 September 2022.




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