Is Wilfred Owen the nation's favourite poet?

Posted: 19/08/2009 19:56 | News Home

The BBC poetry site is running an online poll to find Britain's favourite poet.

Voters can choose from a shortlist of 30 poets, selected by a panel of judges. Wilfred Owen is amongst those shortlisted.

The poll closes on September 1st and the winner will be announced on October 8th, National Poetry Day.

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Siegfried Sassoon CD and booklet

Posted: 12/08/2009 18:39 | News Home

Available from Mr and Mrs Dennis Silk:  A CD of Siegfried Sassoon reading 15 of his own poems (£10) and a small booklet containing Dennis Silk's 1998 talk at the Imperial War Museum: Siegfried Sassoon and The Great War: The Making of a War Poet (£5).  Postage and packing £1.50.

Mr and Mrs Silk give all proceeds to a local charity, "Hop, Skip and Jump". The charity supplies respite care for children with special needs and care and support for their families.

The CD and booklet are available from:  Mr and Mrs Dennis Silk, Sturts Barn, Huntham Lane, Stoke St Gregory, Taunton, Somerset, TA3 6EG.

Please make cheques payable to:  Dennis Silk

For further information about Siegfried Sassoon, and Cambridge University's appeal to raise money to buy his archive, visit the Siegfried Sassoon Fellowship's website.

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"The Real War Poets"

Posted: 10/08/2009 12:38 | News Home

Erica Wagner, writing in The Times last Saturday (8 August 2009), introduces an alternative selection of war poetry written by poets “whose experience of conflict is direct, intimate, everyday; who were born in conflict zones, who live and work there; the poets in Afghanistan, Gaza, Iraq, Somalia, Sri Lanka.”

Click here to read the poems on the Times website

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The funeral of Harry Patch

Posted: 06/08/2009 13:29 | News Home

The funeral of WW1 veteran Harry Patch took place at Wells Cathedral today (6 August 2009). 

Thousands of people lined the streets of Wells, Somerset, to watch the funeral procession.

Mr Patch's coffin was flanked by six private soldiers of the Rifles Regiment, the successor to Mr Patch's Regiment, the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Two soldiers from the armies of Belgium, France and Germany also acted as pall bearers.

Watch video footage on the BBC website and on the Daily Telegraph website

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“The Last Post”

Posted: 31/07/2009 10:33 | News Home

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy has written a poem to mark the passing of the last WW1 veterans.  “The Last Post” uses "Dulce et Decorum Est" as a starting-point.  You can listen online on the BBC Radio 4 website, or read the poem, and a review, on the Times website.

The National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke, has also written a poem called The Plumber.  You can listen to this, or read it, on the BBC Radio 4 website.

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