The winner of the WOA and SSF book review competition

Posted: 05/11/2017 16:13 | News Home

A small but distinguished batch of entries was received for this competition. The judging was done completely anonymously: Meg Crane, who processed the entries, stayed out of the decision-making; and Merryn Williams, Mhairi Pooler Hellbrandt and Lucy Elder had no idea of the identity of any of the authors until the winner had been decided.

There was detailed discussion, and at one point the possibility of splitting the prize money was discussed; but in the end the choice was unanimous - an original, stimulating and provocative review of the book Fierce Imaginings by Rachel Mann. Only after this decision did they learn the identity of the reviewer. He is John Davies, of Gobowen in Shropshire. This, of course, is deep Wilfred Owen country; and John - then Bishop of Shrewsbury - was the first President of the Wilfred Owen Association. Long-standing members of the Fellowship are particularly delighted to have him amongst us again.

We thank all the entrants, and hope very much to publish all the entries in one or other of our two Journals. We hope that all of them will review for us again in the future.

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Wilfred Owen on The People's History Show

Posted: 27/09/2017 16:44 | News Home

Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon's time in Edinburgh in 1917 is discussed on STV's The People's History Show:

The War Poets Collection at Craiglockhart, now part of Edinburgh Napier University, is featured in this piece.

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Robert Hardy CBE

Posted: 04/08/2017 10:37 | News Home

The Wilfred Owen Assocation is saddened to hear of the passing of Robert Hardy CBE. We are grateful for his long-standing support as Vice-President of the Association and offer our condolences to his family and friends at this time.<

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The Send Off

Posted: 17/07/2017 07:32 | News Home

Radio General – a not-for-profit hospital broadcaster based in Warrington - is proud to present a dramatisation of Wilfred Owen's "The Send Off", devised and written by Walter Dain. It goes out on the Afternoon Mix on Monday, 24th July, from 12noon till 3pm. You can tune in by visiting our website - - from your computer or laptop, or by using an app such as Tune In on your mobile.

Radio General's remit is to promote health and well-being, and the arts have a proven track record in this regard. My own view is that we should also strive to inform, educate and entertain, and when you put these two things together you get radio drama. When Walter first suggested the idea I jumped at it straightaway: "The Send Off", and a drama based on William Wordsworth's "Westminster Bridge", are our first forays into it.

The arts can speak truth to power. Sometimes, as in Communist-era science-fiction in the USSR, it has to do so obliquely. But at other times it can be more explicit, such as in the Vietnam protest songs of the 60s – or the poetry of Wilfred Owen.

Our target audience is anybody and everybody. Obviously those who enjoy these two poets, poetry in general or radio drama. But more generally, anybody who has the curiosity to tune in. If such a person enjoys it, but then takes that enjoyment no further, we shall still have succeeded. But if they pick up a book on poetry or history, or put pen to paper and unleash that hidden scribe, or in some way engage with their community, we will be jackpot winners many times over.

It's as simple as that.

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June 10th 1917

Posted: 10/06/2017 19:25 | News Home

After many delays and false starts had prolongued his evacuation by a month, on 10th June Wilfred finally got a train to Étrétat, where he was in No.1 General Hospital, staffed by Americans. Having spent a week there, he travelled in a single cabin in a luxurious liner to Southampton on the 16th. After a further 9 days at the Welsh Hospital at Netley, where he was visited by his cousin Leslie Gunston, he was allowed to travel to London. After some shopping and viewing the Summer Exhibition at the Burlington, he caught the night train to Edinburgh, where he “breakfasted hugely” in the Waverley Hotel, walked the length of Princes Street, admiring the Castle, and finally took a taxi to Craiglockhart, 26th June 1917.

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