Highly Commended and Runners-up poems announced

Posted: 29/09/2014 20:00 | News Home

The Highly Commended and Runners-up poems entered into the Wilfred Owen Association's International Poetry Competition are:

Highly Commended

  • Mark Haworth-Booth : “The Anthropocene”
  • Don Nixon: “Wreck of a Troopship 1916”
  • Chris Raetschus: “How to Survive the News”
  • Gill Learner: “The Lodestar of the Upper VIth”
  • Kathy Miles: “Picking Grapes”
  • Pat Winslow: “Utah”
  • Hazel Hutchison: “Intermezzo: Gallipoli”   


  • Greg Freeman: “Learning by Heart”
  • Michael Wood: “Bergen-Belsen” 
  • Martin Bennett: “Now thrive the armourers”
  • Michael Brett: “Every dead baby is a baby Croatian”
  • Margaret Holbrook: “In a village of many ash trees”
  • Andria J Cooke: “The Last One Left”
  • Alan Franks: “Late Rendezvous”
  • Susan Davies: The Invaders”
  • Roger Elkin: “Fishing in the Khyber River”
  • Rebecca Bilkau: “On not going to Bergen-Belsen”

First prize in the competition was awarded to Alan Franks for his poem “The Manor”.  Click here for more information.

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Sir Andrew Motion awarded 2014 Wilfred Owen Association Poetry Award

Posted: 18/09/2014 20:16 | News Home

We are delighted to announce that the 2014 Wilfred Owen Association Poetry Award is presented to Sir Andrew Motion.

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Click here for more about the Award.

The Presentation will take place at The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH during the event, The Past Hovering: An Evening of War Poetry

If you wish to attend you MUST register.  Details at

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Alan Franks wins Wilfred Owen Association Poetry Competition

Posted: 06/09/2014 17:26 | News Home

The Wilfred Owen Association has announced the winners of its International Poetry Competition, held to commemorate Wilfred Owen in this WW1 centenary year.

Adult category

  • First prize has been awarded to Alan Franks for his poem “The Manor”
  • Second prize: Pamela Trudie Hodge for "Those Green-Thumbed Boys"
  • Joint Third prize: Susan Davies for "The Mango Tree"

                          Pat Winslow for "Stroyka 501"

Click here to read all four poems.

Young person’s prize

Joint winners:

  • Conor McKee for "The Miners"
  • Peter Mumford for "Ein Unbekannter Deutscher Offizier" ​

Both poems are published here.

Alan Franks receiving his prize from Michael Longley

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Two 2018 events announced

Posted: 27/08/2014 17:17 | News Home

WILFRED OWEN AND BEYOND - Conference at Girton College, Cambridge
Friday 26 October – Sunday 28 October 2018

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WILFRED OWEN: FROM THE SOMME TO ORS - a Poets on the Western Front
Battlefield Tours in conjunction with Battle Honours Ltd

2 – 5 November 2018 

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Plaque unveiled at Tynecastle High School in Edinburgh

Posted: 27/08/2014 16:32 | News Home

Wilfred Owen has been honoured with a plaque at a school where he taught English while recovering from shell shock in 1917.

The commemorative plaque scheme is designed to celebrate the life and achievements of significant figures, with plaques marking their home or a particular building that is linked with their achievements. In the case of Owen, it also forms part of the centenary events around the outbreak of the World War One.

More on the BBC website

Copyright: Carolyn Kerr (2014)

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