Edward Thomas was born in London on 3rd March 1878, of Welsh parents. He died one hundred years ago, on Easter Monday, 9th April 1917, at the World War One Battle of Arras, in north-eastern France.
The event is built around extracts from his war diaries, dated from the time he arrived in France in early 1917, to 8th April 1917, the day before he was killed.
You will also hear:
- some folk songs and tunes which were familiar to Edward Thomas and his family;
- extracts from his letters to Eleanor Farjeon, who was a close friend and fellow poet, by whom Edward was happy to be advised on his writing;
and a selection of Edward’s poems, not as they were written chronologically, but at appropriate points during the programme