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Remembering Owen at the Forester's House and in Ors

Posted: 06/06/2011 14:53 | News Home

With the co-operation of two French communes (Haute Sambre-Bois L’Eveque, Mayor Marc Dufrenne, and Ors, Mayor Jacky Duminy) and the Wilfred Owen Association France, the Rector of the Academie de Lille, Mme Marie-Jeanne Philippe, organized a special event to mark the 13th Day of Remembrance in Education in France on Friday 27 May. The event was supported by the Vimy Foundation, the War Graves Commission and the Wellington Quarry at Arras. Peter Owen, President of the Wilfred Owen Association, and his wife Elizabeth were special guests.

The event honoured the memory of Wilfred Owen and brought together 160 students from colleges and lycees in Nord Pas de Calais who have studied Owen’s work.  Students from a school in Maidstone, Kent, were also invited.

The day began near the Forester’s House, where Owen wrote his last letter.  Turner Prize nominee Simon Patterson has been commissioned to convert the House into a permanent sculptured memorial to Owen.  The exterior of the house will remain ostensibly the same, but the walls will be rendered white, the roof will be white and the whole building will look like a solid sculptural object. Viewed from the north, the roof will appear normal but when viewed from the south, the structure reveals itself to be in the form of an open ‘book’, face down with spine uppermost, the ‘pages’ constructed out of glass to admit maximum daylight into the interior. The central idea is to create a sanctuary away from the outside world. The interior will therefore be gutted, leaving an open white space, lit from above. The interior of the house will be clad with a translucent skin of glass onto which are etched drafts of Owen’s Anthem for Doomed Youth.  The cellar remains untouched and is accessed by a curved ramp alongside which runs the text of Owen’s last letter home to his mother. More information is on the Art Connexion website.

Photos of the work, which is due to be completed in July, are below. The inaugural ceremony will be held on October 1 2011 (all welcome). For more information email woa@1914-18.co.uk

 

Work on the House

The Forester's House from the road

The cellar where Owen wrote his last letter

Inside the Forester's House

After visiting the Forester’s House, a ceremony took place at Owen’s grave in the small cemetery of the village of Ors, where there were speeches, as well as poetry readings, in English and French.  A wreath was laid by the children on Wilfred’s grave.

Peter Owen and others in Ors

 Students at the ceremony

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Special day will honour the memory of Wilfred Owen

Posted: 10/05/2011 21:27 | News Home

With the co-operation of two French communes (Haute Sambre-Bois L’Eveque, Mayor Marc Dufrenne, and Ors, Mayor Jacky Duminy) and the Wilfred Owen Association France, the Rector of the Academie de Lille, Mme Marie-Jeanne Philippe, is organizing a special event to mark the 13th Day of Remembrance in Education in France on Friday 27 May. 

This special day will honour the memory of Wilfred Owen and will bring together 160 students from colleges and lycees in Nord Pas de Calais who have studied Owen’s work.  Students from a school in Maidstone, Kent, have also been invited.

The day will begin at 10am near the Forester’s House, where Owen wrote his last letter, and will continue with a walk through the forest, retracing his last steps as he prepared for combat on November 4th 1918.  The official ceremony will take place at 12.30pm at the tomb of the poet in the small cemetery of the village of Ors, where there will be speeches, as well as poetry readings, in English and French, by the students. 

In the afternoon students will visit sites of the two Battles of Cambrai in 1917 and 1918 and will conclude at the Tank de Flesquieres, ten kilometres from Cambrai.

The event has the support of the Vimy Foundation, the War Graves Commission and the Wellington Quarry at Arras.

Peter Owen, president of the Wilfred Owen Association, will be present at this special event to commemorate his Uncle and remember the sacrifices made by soldiers of the British Army during WW1. 

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Last WWI combat veteran Claude Choules dies aged 110

Posted: 08/05/2011 19:19 | News Home

The world's last known combat veteran of World War I, Claude Choules, has died in Australia aged 110.

Read an obituary in the Guardian (5 May 2011)

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World's first permanent Wilfred Owen exhibition opens in Wirral

Posted: 21/03/2011 13:57 | News Home

The man behind the exhibition, singer-songwriter Dean Johnson, is also a former pupil of the Birkenhead Institute.

He hopes the gallery will help establish a formal tourist attraction, guiding visitors to other landmarks in the town associated with the poet.

More in the Liverpool Echo (19 March 2011)

www.wilfredowenstory.com

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New sculpture by Paul de Monchaux unveiled in Norwich

Posted: 17/03/2011 09:35 | News Home

A sculpture by artist Paul de Monchaux, whose work includes the Wilfred Owen memorial in Shrewsbury, is a new feature of the war memorial in Norwich. 

Paul de Monchaux created Symmetry, which is in the grounds of Shrewsbury Abbey.

More on the BBC website.

Click here to see the sculpture.

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