British civilian widow of poet and writer Edward Thomas; memories of Edward Thomas and reads seven of his poems
REEL 1: Recollections of Edward Thomas: question of influence of Robert Frost on Thomas’s poetry; financial security of Army service; wrote poems while on leave or in transit; opinion of Robert Frost; nature of friendship between Frost and Thomas; story about holiday in Herefordshire with Frost and family; description of cottage and countryside at Steep, Hampshire; story of Geoffrey Lupton building house on top of hill; opinion of house and location; moved into cottage in Steep; description of Shoulder of Mutton Hill; location of memorial stone to Thomas and choice of words for inscription; story about message from worker’s son found in hole in memorial stone.
REEL 2 Continues: inspiration for poems from countryside around Steep; story of returning to Steep for unveiling of memorial stone; attitude to interest shown by young people in Thomas’s poetry; Thomas’s character and integrity; amusing story about Keats; importance of reading poetry to children; opinion of Thomas’s singing voice and performance of Welsh folk songs; Thomas’s speaking voice
REEL 3 Continues: Helen Thomas reads seven poems by Edward Thomas:
poem: Old Man