Plas Wilmot could be listed by English Heritage

Posted: 22/07/2012 10:51 | News Home

The birthplace of World War I poet Wilfred Owen could be listed under a bid being considered by English Heritage.

More on the BBC Shropshire website

Read The WOA's letter of support, submitted by Peter Owen.

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Gillian Clarke awarded Wilfred Owen Poetry Award

Posted: 14/03/2012 19:47 | 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. She will be the first woman poet to receive it.

The Award presentation will take place at the Gateway, Shrewsbury, on Saturday October 27th. Click here for more information.

See Carcanet press release.

Gillian Clarke, the National Poet of Wales, and recipient of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2010, was born in 1937 and brought up in Cardiff. Although both of her parents were Welsh-speakers, she was not brought up to speak the language but – like R.S.Thomas – learned it as an adult.  She and her husband now live in mid-Wales, where, in addition to all their other activities, they run an organic smallholding.

Gillian studied English at the University of Wales in Cardiff, and worked briefly at the BBC before marriage and motherhood.  Her first mature poem, “The Sun Dial”, became the title poem of her first collection in 1978: there have been eleven volumes since, published mostly by Carcanet. Gillian was Editor for some years of the Anglo-Welsh Review, and is closely connected with the Writers’ Centre at Tŷ Newydd, near Cricieth in North Wales – at which the WOA now offers an annual bursary.

The WOA likes to give the Award to writers who have created a substantial body of work over the years. We do not at all insist that the recipient should be primarily a “war poet”, but it is naturally a major theme for modern poets, and all the recipients so far have, at one time or another, tackled the subject of war. Gillian Clarke has written a number of such poems – notably about the Bosnian War and the First Gulf War.  Poems such as “The Field Mouse” and “Siege” dramatically and poignantly use the Welsh landscape as both backdrop and metaphor for human hope and human cruelty.

In October 2011, a number of WOA members were able to meet Gillian, and to hear her read, at the opening of the Forester’s House near Ors. Following upon this, the Committee unanimously agreed to offer her the WOA Award for this coming year. The award is made every two years, and previous recipients include the late Christopher Logue, Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley, Tony Harrison, Dannie Abse and Professor Jon Stallworthy.  Gillian Clarke is a distinguished addition to this list. 

The Award presentation will follow a day of events planned for Saturday October 27th at the Gateway in Wilfred Owen’s home town of Shrewsbury.  We look forward to seeing you there.


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The Ingleborough Road Memorial Playing Field Preservation Society

Posted: 15/02/2012 20:32 | News Home

Following Tranmere Rovers football club's decision to withdrawn its application to build almost 100 homes on the Ingleborough Road playing fields, a memorial to pupils of Birkenhead Institute who died in WW1, the Ingleborough Road Memorial Playing Field Preservation Society has been formed.  The Society pledges "to honour the memory of 88 Fallen WWI Heroes remembered at this field by preserving it as was intended: for future generations to enjoy and commemorate the price that was paid... the ultimate sacrifice".  

If you would like to join, please download and complete an application form (click here) and return it to the Wilfred Owen Story in Birkenhead.


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Tranmere Rovers withdraw plans for Ingleborough Memorial Fields

Posted: 13/02/2012 21:06 | News Home

The football club has withdrawn its application to build almost 100 homes on the Ingleborough Road playing fields.  The fields are a memorial to pupils of Birkenhead Institute who died in WW1, including Wilfred Owen.

The plans sparked objections from many residents and Dean Johnson, founder of the Wilfred Owen Story, launched a high profile campaign to save the memorial field.

Wirral Globe (February 10th, 2012)

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Commonwealth War Graves Commission launches new website

Posted: 02/02/2012 18:48 | News Home

The CWGC website has undergone a major redesign aimed at improving the user experience and the ease with which people find information about the Commission, their work and the men and women they commemorate.

In particular, the site has been made more colourful, dynamic and easy to navigate.

Take a look -



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