Edward Thomas was killed at the Battle of Arras in 1917; one hundred years on, he is regarded as one of the greatest poets of century. But he might not have become a poet at all, and he might not have gone to war, if not for the intervention of one man – the American poet, Robert Frost.
Matthew Hollis is the author of Now All Roads Lead to France: The Last Years of Edward Thomas, winner of the Costa Award for Biography and the H. W. Fisher Biography Prize, and Sunday Times Biography of the Year. Join him as he brings Thomas’s thrilling and fateful story vividly to life in this centenary celebration of poetry, friendship and the Great War.
Matthew Hollis was born in Norwich in 1971. Ground Water (Bloodaxe, 2004) was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, the Whitbread Prize for Poetry and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. He is co-editor of Strong Words: Modern Poets on Modern Poetry (Bloodaxe, 2000) and 101 Poems Against War (Faber, 2003), and editor of Selected Poems of Edward Thomas (Faber, 2011). Now All Roads Lead to France: the Last Years of Edward Thomas (Faber, 2011; Norton, 2012) won the Costa Biography Award and the H. W. Fisher Biography Prize and was Sunday Times Biography of the Year. In 2016 he published limited letterpress and hand-made pamphlets, Stones (Incline Press, 2016) and East (Clutag Press, 2016).