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Festival to celebrate RS Thomas

RS Thomas
RS Thomas was vicar at the church for 13 years

A church where the late RS Thomas once preached is holding a poetry festival in his honour.

As part of the event at St Michael's Church, Eglwysfach, Machynlleth in mid Wales a plaque in tribute of the late clergyman and poet was unveiled.

Readings of poetry were among the events taking place during the festival as well as an exhibition.

RS Thomas was vicar of St Michael's from 1954 to 1967 during one of his most creative writing periods.

Born in 1913 he died in 2000, RS Thomas was known for his nationalism and spiritualism. His work was known for its reference to the Welsh landscape and the Welsh people.

Eight years after his death, the people of Eglwysfach have paid tribute to him by installing a plaque to mark his connection to the area.

The community is also hoping to use money raised from the festival to replace the apse roof of the church.

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