‘A Shared Canvas: R.S. Thomas, M.E. Eldridge and Modern Art’. – Saturday 20th October 2018
The lecture will explore aspects of R.S. Thomas’s poetic response to modern art, and will discuss the crucial influence of the artist M.E. Eldridge (1909-91), Thomas’s wife for over fifty years, on the poet’s engagement with the visual arts. The talk will focus on Too Brave to Dream, a collection of previously unpublished ekphrastic poems by Thomas, edited by Jason Walford Davies and Tony Brown in 2016.
Jason Walford Davies is Professor of Welsh and Welsh Writing in English, and Co-Director of the R.S. Thomas Research Centre, at Bangor University, where he has taught since 1993. He has published widely in the field of twentieth-century Welsh poetry, and is the author of numerous studies of the work of Waldo Williams (1904–71). He is currently preparing a monograph on Williams, together with an edition of the poet’s letters. His publications on R.S. Thomas include Gororau’r Iaith (‘The Marches of Language’) – a study of Thomas’s engagement with Welsh-language literature – and the following editions: R.S. Thomas: Autobiographies, ABC Neb, and, with Tony Brown, Uncollected Poems. In 2016 he edited, again with Tony Brown, a previously unpublished collection of ekphrastic poems by Thomas, Too Brave to Dream: Encounters with Modern Art. He won the Crown at the National Eisteddfod in 2004, and his collection of poems, Meniscus, will appear in 2019.