Edward Thomas Centenary Conference 2017

On April 19th-21st, 2017, we will mark the centenary of the death of the poet and nature writer Edward Thomas, who was killed in the Battle of Arras at Easter 1917, with a major conference at Cardiff University, where an important collection of Thomas’s manuscript materials and letters are held at SCOLAR. Confirmed plenary speakers at the conference include: Professor Edna Longley and Professor Lucy Newlyn. With the preparation of a major edition of his prose and with his acknowledged centrality to new forms of nature writing, study of Thomas is now rarely confined to any single aspect of his practice. We want to celebrate Thomas and approaches to his work in the fullest possible diversity and we welcome proposals for papers or panels to be sent by September 30th to the organizers,  Prof. Katie Gramich and Dr. Jamie Castell, gramichk@cf.ac.uk and castellj@cardiff.ac.uk. The Call for Papers is attached below and available, with further information, on the conference website: 


We invite proposals on topics including but not confined to:

• Thomas and nature writing

• Thomas and war

• Thomas and lyric

• Thomas’s prose

• Thomas’s poetic prose/prose poetics

• Thomas’s criticism

• Thomas’s life

• Thomas on Wales and England

Proposals should be 250 words long for papers that must last no more than twenty minutes. We also invite proposals for one and a half hour themed panels and actively encourage panel convenors to consider alternative formats to the traditional three-paper panel where appropriate.

• Thomas and his contemporaries

• Thomas and literary labour

• Thomas and friendship

• Thomas and memory

• Thomas and Modernity

• Thomas’s poetic legacy

• Thomas and love

• Thomas and the literary canon

Proposals and any enquiries should be sent to

Dr James Castell (castellj@cardiff.ac.uk)


Professor Katie Gramich (gramichk@cardiff.ac.uk)


Deadline for Submissions: September 30, 2016.