Life In Lines: Geraldine Gray on R S Thomas's 'The Coming'

Jenny Swann
Wed 1 May, 2019

Our series of short podcasts where Nottingham talks about its favourite poem meets Geraldine Gray from Bromley House Library

Bromley House Library's Geraldine Gray discovered a love of poetry whilst studying at Loughborough University in the 1970s. She says, “I'm fortunate to have worked in libraries all my life”. She now works at Bromley House Library in Nottingham.

Her chosen poem is ‘The Coming’ by the Welsh poet R S Thomas (1913 - 2000). She first heard it at a Good Friday church service in St Peter’s Church in Nottingham and found it atmospheric and hopeful yet also bleak. “Hairs on the back of your neck…stand on end,” she says. "It’s a poem about choices".

Acknowledgement: R. S. Thomas, Collected Poems 1945-1990 (Orion Books, 2001) With kind permission of the Estate of R. S. Thomas. © Rhodri Thomas, 2001

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