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RS Thomas & ME Eldridge Society Festival in association with Church Times

First broadcast Saturday 19 June

This online festival aims to bring together people with an appreciation of the literary and artistic works, musical compositions, people and places associated with RS Thomas and ME Eldridge. 

Purchase a ticket below to access the event recording.



Hosted by the Rt Rev Dr Barry Morgan, former Archbishop of Wales, writer and speaker on RS Thomas, and Patron of the Society.

Film: Arrival

A close reading of Tidal
Helen Wilcox: Prof Emerita Bangor University, Fellow of the learned Society of Wales, world renowned expert on the life and work of George Herbert.


Film: The RiverA Thicket in Llŷn

‘Betrayed by the heart’s need’: RS Thomas, pandemic and lament
Rev Mark Oakley: Dean of St John's College, Cambridge, winner of the 2019 Michael Ramsey Prize for Theological Writing.
Mark Oakley will explore the role of lament in the midst of a pandemic and how the work of R.S. Thomas can help us find a voice. With audience Q&A.


Film: The Untenanted Cross


A personal poetic response to RS Thomas
Philip Gross: poet, novelist, playwright, leader of writing-workshops. Professor of creative writing at the University of South Wales.


Film: Sarn Rhiw


RS Thomas’s Humour
Gwyneth Lewis: the first National Poet of Wales, wrote the text that appears over the Wales Millennium Centre.
‘Both as a writer and as a person, RS Thomas hid his sense of humour, but used it strategically as part of his artistic and spiritual vocation.’ Drawing on her friendship with RS and on his longer poem, The Minister, Lewis will look at this under-emphasized aspect of his work. With audience Q&A.

Film: The Way of It


A close reading of Luminary
Tony Brown: Prof Emeritus & Co-Director of RS Thomas Research Centre, Bangor University


Film: In Memorium M.E.E.

Unemployed Love: reading Thomas’s late poems.
Dr Rowan Williams: Patron of RS Thomas & ME Eldridge Society. Poet and writer, devotee of Thomas’ poetry.
‘Thomas's treatment of love as a theme is always complex and convoluted.’ Poems from the late collections, especially Residues, address the themes of the unavoidability, the power and the powerlessness of love - for God, the world or human beings. With audience Q&A.

Film: At the End 


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Tickets are £10.  A link to watch the webinar recording will be included with your ticket.



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