Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) is widely recognised as one of the greatest voices of the First World War. His self-appointed task was to speak for the men in his care, to show the 'Pity of War'.

Owen's enduring and influential poetry is evidence of his bleak realism, his energy and indignation, his compassion and his great technical skill.

The Wilfred Owen Association was formed in 1989 to commemorate Wilfred Owen's life and work.

News

  • 11/05/2017 20:57 - 10 May 1917

    Wilfred enjoyed 40 days being assessed at Gailly, where he went for a ride along the Somme Canal in a steam barge, on the 10th May, which inspired the later poem “Hospital Barge”.

  • 01/05/2017 21:02 - May Day, 1917

    On 1st May 1917, the commanding officer noticed Wilfred's shell shock symptoms, with his being "shaky and tremulous and his conduct peculiar". He was sent to the hospital at Gailly, which specialised in cases of shell shock—although it was more often diagnosed as neurasthenia. From here, Wilfred wrote home: "Do not suppose for a moment that I have had a 'breakdown'. I am simply avoiding one."

  • 14/04/2017 11:39 - Wilfred Owen in action at Savy Wood, April 14th 1917

    After only two days at Beauval, Wilfred moved up to Savy Wood to prepare for another attack. 14th April, his battalion advanced north-east to assault trenches north of St.Quentin.

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The Journal

The Wilfred Owen Association Journal publishes work about Wilfred Owen, or on themes relating to the history and literature of the Great War that are 'in the spirit' of Wilfred Owen.

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The Day Destroyed

All the prizewinning poems from The Wilfred Owen Association International Poetry Competition 2014.

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Wilfred Owen, giclee print from original hand and machine stitched portrait

Wilfred Owen, giclee print from original hand and machine stitched portrait by Louise Sambrook Underwood.

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Wilfred Owen mug

New! A Windsor bone china mug featuring a sepia photograph of Wilfred Owen, his monogram and reproduction of his signature in black.

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In The Spirit of Wilfred Owen: An Anthology of Poems Edited by Merryn Williams

In The Spirit of Wilfred Owen: An Anthology of Poems Edited by Merryn Williams

A collection of poems that reflect the spirit of Owen's writing - £5, including P&P (£7 overseas)

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Wilfred Owen cards (pack of 5, 2 designs)

Packs of 5 cards, featuring 2 different drawings of Wilfred Owen taken from original pencil sketches by Sally Ronchetti

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