Rhymes on Rails poetry competition

Posted: 01/08/2011 20:31 | News Home

The Wilfred Owen Story and Merseyrail are launching a poetry competition aimed at youngsters travelling by train this summer. "Rhymes on Rails" hopes to encourage children to create poetry inspired by their journey across Merseyside, however long or short.

It is free to enter and the best poems will take pride of place alongside those of Wilfred Owen at the Wilfred Owen Story and Gallery in Birkenhead. Owen spent his formative years in Birkenhead where his father Tom worked on the railway.

Sponsors Merseyrail will present the winner with a book token, and a collection of the best poems will be published in a booklet later in the year.

Entry forms are free and will be available from all Merseyrail stations. "Rhymes on Rails" will be launched on 1 August, check both here and Merseyrail’s websites for updates or email

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William Mostyn-Owen obituary

Posted: 21/07/2011 13:17 | News Home

A charming obituary of WOA's co-founder, William Mostyn-Owen, who has died aged 81.

The Guardian, 20 June 2011.

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Artist's delight as Wilfred Owen bust finds a home after ten years

Posted: 15/07/2011 14:13 | News Home

A bust of Wilfred Owen, which lay unwanted in a garage for ten years, has finally found a home at the Wilfred Owen Story in Birkenhead.

"Artist and museum worker Jim Whelan was inspired to create the cast cold resin piece after learning more about Owen and his experiences in the First World War. But he was unable to find anywhere to display it until the opening of the Wilfred Owen Story in Argyle Street, Birkenhead earlier this year".

See Wirral News (July 6th)

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Postcards from Siegfried Sassoon found in book at charity shop

Posted: 23/06/2011 21:41 | News Home

The manager of a charity shop checking through some old books found two postcards written by Siegfried Sassoon.

After months of research to confirm they are genuine, they are now being sold at auction and are expected to fetch between £600 and £800.

More in the Daily Mail.

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New portrait of Owen unveiled at the Wilfred Owen Story

Posted: 19/06/2011 21:23 | News Home


A new portrait of Wilfred Owen has been unveiled at the Wilfred Owen Story, a new museum opened in Birkenhead in March this year. 

This ceremony preceded a preliminary performance of Bullets and Daffodils, a musical drama about Owen’s life.

Among those in attendance was John Gorman, famed for his comedy sketches on TV and as a member of the Scaffold, whose 1960s’ hits included Thank U Very Much and Lily the Pink.

Gorman is organising a Festival of Wirral Firsts to be held in Hoylake and Oxton during July.

The portrait was painted by Anthony Brown, who was acclaimed in 2007 for his exhibition featuring prominent Merseysiders called "100 Heads Thinking As One", which marked the 800th anniversary of Liverpool being granted its Royal Charter by King John.

Wilfred Owen by Anthony Brown

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