Walking in the footsteps of Edward Thomas

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On 16 November 1914 Edward Thomas embarked on his first poetic journey- writing Up in the wind. This poem was inspired by a conversation with a barmaid in the Pub with No Name.

On Sunday 16 November 2014, a crowd of Edward Thomas fans assembled to commemorate this and to embark on a poetic journey of their own- walking in the footsteps of the great man. The day began with two lectures which gave the audience details of the intriguing milieu of Thomas’ life. The first lecture was given by Dr. Guy Cuthbertson- Professor of English literature at Liverpool University and biographer of Thomas. The second was given by David Cave the Head of English at Churcher’s and our very own Head of English, David Anson. These informative and enjoyable talks were followed by a poetic tour of Steep- Thomas’ home village- which included his home, Steep Church and the crossroads (by the Cricketers) mentioned in his poem; ‘Aspens’. Soon it was time to embark on a treacherous expedition to the Poet’s Stone. This was a dangerous mission as the steep ascent had a thick coating of mud, yet for those dedicated clamberers it was most fruitful- leading to a sensational view. At the top our effort was duly rewarded with special Edward Thomas sausages and a heart warming poetry reading by the renowned critic Edna Longley and her husband, Michael Longley. As the day drew to a close, a commemorative Beech tree was planted at the Pub with No Name so that this brilliant man’s life and legacy could be appreciated in time to come. View photos.

“The past is the only dead thing that smells sweet”
Edward Thomas- Early one morning

By Flora Shaw, 6.1


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

Creative talent on show

An even greater focus on creative writing has extended to students participating in the National Theatre’s New Views programme. Working with Phil King and David Anson, with additional expert advice from National Theatre playwright Jemma Kennedy, the students have each developed an original 30-minute play script. These scripts are entered into a national competition, where the winning script will be awarded a production in the National Theatre’s new space, The Shed. A different selection of our scripts will be presented on each of two nights, 25 and 26 June, at 7.30pm in the Theatre. Free tickets are available from tickets@bedales.org.uk or 01730 711511.

New Views Rehearsed Readings

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

Playwriting with the National Theatre

Bedales students are participating in the National Theatre’s New Views course for young playwrights. The programme involves students receiving guidance from some of the best in the business to write their own 30 minute play. A competition is held to judge the best play with the winning entry staged at the National Theatre with a professional cast. Last year Phil King, who joined Bedales drama department this year, won the teacher play submission and received a staged read at the National. English teacher, David Anson, will be attempting to repeat the teacher success and he, together with Phil, will be helping the students with their drafts. Jemma Kennedy from the New Views course, will visit the students and give them feedback. Students will visit the National as part of the programme to comment on the plays they’ve seen and engage in a debate that connects the young writers with the world of British theatre – a wonderful opportunity for all involved. To find out more about the course visit the National Theatre’s New Views website.

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.