Tranmere Rovers' Ingleborough playing field development plans are approved

Posted: 01/11/2012 11:14 | News Home

Plans to develop the Birkenhead Institute's former playing field have been approved. The field is a memorial to former pupils – including Wilfred Owen – who died during World War I.

Wirral News, 31 October 2012

The Wilfred Owen Association objected to the proposal and submitted a consultation response.  Click here to read it.


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Wilfred Owen's birthplace given listed status

Posted: 18/10/2012 09:47 | News Home

English Heritage has granted Plas Wilmot, where Owen was born on March 18th 1893, grade II listed status.

Read more on the BBC Shropshire website.

See also: War poet Wilfred Owen’s birthplace is given listed status (Shropshire Star, 15 October 2012)





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In Memoriam - Dr Dominic Hibberd

Posted: 29/08/2012 12:18 | News Home

The Wilfred Owen Association’s Committee was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Dr Dominic Hibberd.  Dr Hibberd passed away on 12 August 2012 after a long illness. He was seventy.

Dominic Hibberd will be remembered as the second biographer of Wilfred Owen and as a penetrating analyst of Owen’s work. He was one of the WOA’s Vice Presidents.

Dr Hibberd was a graduate of King’s College, Cambridge and taught at universities in Britain, the U.S.A., and China before becoming a full-time writer. His biographies of Wilfred Owen (2002) and Harold Monro (2001) were highly praised, as was his critical study, Owen the Poet (1982). His most recent publication was the anthology The Winter of the World: Poems of the First World War (2007), edited by John Onions.

A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Dr Hibberd also received an honorary doctorate from the University of Cambridge. 

An appropriate event to remember Dominic Hibberd and his work will be announced in the next few months and details will be posted on this website as soon as they are available.  A full obituary will also be published here shortly.

Selected obituaries

Dominic Hibberd

Daily Telegraph, 17 September 2012

Dominic Hibberd obituary

Leading authority on the life and work of the war poet Wilfred Owen.

Guardian, 12 September 2012

Dr Dominic Hibberd: expert on war poets

Oxford Mail, 30 August 2012


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Tickets now on sale for the 2012 Poetry Award presentation

Posted: 29/08/2012 12:00 | News Home


The Wilfred Owen Association is pleased and proud to announce that Gillian Clarke has agreed to accept the Wilfred Owen Poetry Award for 2012. Click here for more information

The Award presentation will take place at the Gateway, Shrewsbury, on Saturday October 27th. 

The presentation will follow a day of events, including the WOA AGM:

Noon-1pm AGM (all welcome, but only current WOA members can vote)

1pm-2pm Lunch (see below)

2pm-3.30pm Showing of the film Resistance, from the bestselling book by the poet, novelist and broadcaster Owen Sheers

3.30pm-4.30pm Discussion on Boarder Literature

4.30pm-5pm Tea (see below)

5pm-6pm Presentation of the 2012 Wilfred Owen Association Poetry Award to Gillian Clarke, with a discussion chaired by Meg Crane, Chair of the Wilfred Owen Association

The costs for attending the events after the AGM (the AGM is free) are as follows:

£7 for the film (£10 non-members)

£8 for all events, except the film (£11 for non-members)

£15 for all events, including the film (£18 for non-members)

Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Lunch and tea

Lunch and tea are not included in the above costs and may be purchased from The Gateway on the day.

Email: for more information about the event.

We look forward to welcoming many of our members - and non-members - to The Gateway on Saturday 27 October.



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Ingleborough Road Memorial Playing Fields redevelopment plans re-submitted

Posted: 23/07/2012 09:46 | News Home

The application to develop Ingleborough Road Memorial Playing Fields in Birkenhead has been re-submitted. 

Tranmere Rovers acquired the land, formerly the school playing field for Birkenhead Institute, from the Council in 1994.  Wilfred Owen attended the Institute between 1900 and 1906.

The Wilfred Owen Association objects to the proposal and has submitted the following consultation response:

"Wilfred Owen Association (WOA) is disappointed to see that this application has been re-submitted without any consideration of our comments on the first proposal. The planning application does not give adequate consideration to the war memorial status of the whole site, or to the question of how  best to sustain the memory of the young students of the Birkenhead Institute who were killed in the First World War.  WOA views the application in its present form as ill-considered. It identifies only the tablet on the pavilion as the war memorial - without regard to the memorial status of the playing field, pavilion and trees - and the simplistic solution offered is that in moving the tablet off-site, the whole memorial status and meaning has been retained. This is not the case as the memorial was meant to be a facility for the young to enjoy sporting life. We, the Wilfred Owen Association, would like the planners to consider a way of sympathetically incorporating the memory of these young men by ensuring facilities for sport and recreation in any development and retaining the commeorative tablet as part of this. This is an important case, since whatever is decided may act as a precedent for future planning applications relating to war memorial playing field sites."

More information on the plans is on the Wirral News website:

See also Daily Telegraph coverage (26 July 2012):


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