Listen to music from Bullets & Daffodils.

Posted: 04/08/2010 13:56 | News Home

Songwriter and musician Dean Johnson is currently working on a stageshow called Bullets & Daffodils, which is based on the life and work of Wilfred Owen, and he has uploaded some music onto his website.

As well as original songs, many of Owen's most famous poems have been set to music by Dean. 

There will be a premiere of the songs in Owen's birthplace of Oswestry, Shropshire, on 12 August 2010.  Dean will perform the musical’s score solo and narrate key events leading up to Wilfred’s tragic death, and some of Oswestry's promising new poets will precede Dean’s performance. Click here for further details.

Dean will also be performing at Birkenhead Library in November.  Details to follow.

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Could you be related to one of the unknown soldiers recovered from Fromelles?

Posted: 29/07/2010 13:53 | News Home

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has published a list of names who may be among those recovered from the site.

British and Australian families who believe they have connections to, or information on, one of these WW1 soldiers are being encouraged to come forward to assist with the process of identification, which will remain open until 2014.

Further information is on the Commonweath War Graves Commission website.

Click here to read more about the Battle of Fromelles.

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Ken Simcox

Posted: 18/07/2010 20:23 | News Home

The Wilfred Owen Association was saddened to learn of the death of our former Secretary, Ken Simcox.

Philip Guest,  a WOA Vice-President and former Treasurer, paid tribute to Mr Simcox and his contribution to the Association:

"It was a great shock to me to hear of Ken's untimely death-such a charming gentleman and friend. It was only recently that I spoke to him at the telephone. I first met Ken when I was invited to be hon treasurer of the Wilfred Owen Association under the command of Robert Hutchison in respect of the raising of some £30,000 for memorials to our great poet in Shrewsbury and Oswestry. That would be, perhaps, 20 years ago. (At 86 yrs my memory is not so good).

Later, I set up a web site in the name of the Association, the content of which had a military flavour relating to Wilfred's army service-an aspect of research that had not previously been fully examined.  Later, following input from Merryn Williams, I realised the value of her contributions in enhancing the academic side of the web site.  It was then that Ken came to my aid around 1999 and, in the course of almost a decade produced critiques (some 60 or so for me to type!) and thereafter, publish on the Association's web site.  They are still there today, in his name, and are a worthy tribute to a man I consider was always too modest concerning his achievements in his research and writings on the life of Wilfred Owen.

We will all miss him."

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Join WOA online!

Posted: 10/06/2010 21:19 | News Home

The Wilfred Owen Association is 21 years old this year.

The generous support of our members allows us to promote and encourage awareness and appreciation of Owen's poetry, and enables us to offer practical support to students of literature and future poets, through links with education, support for literary foundations and information on historical and literary background material.  

Thanks to our members the Association has established permanent public memorials to Owen in Shrewsbury and Oswestry, and organised or promoted numerous readings, talks, visits, conferences, exhibitions and performances.

Please help us to continue this work by joining us today.  Subscription fees start at just £8.  All members receive copies of our Journal, published twice a year. 


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Loddon Brewery launch "Wilfred's Mild"

Posted: 11/05/2010 10:03 | News Home

Loddon Brewery, based in Dunsden Green, has launched a "Wilfred's Mild" to celebrate the life and work of Wilfred Owen, who worked as a lay assistant at All Saints Church, behind the brewery.

The brewery is generously donating 10 pence from every pint of Wilfred's Mild sold to All Saints Church to help with essential maintenance works.


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