Tribute to Henry Allingham

Posted: 30/07/2009 21:18 | News Home

Hundreds of people lined the streets to watch the funeral of World War I veteran Henry Allingham, which took place in Brighton today (30 July 2009). One of his grandsons, David Gray, paid a moving tribute to his grandfather at the service.

Footage of the funeral is on the BBC website at and you can listen to David Gray's tribute at



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"Exit wounds"

Posted: 29/07/2009 20:21 | News Home

"With the conflict in Afghanistan escalating and the Iraq inquiry pending, poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy commissions war poetry for today".

Guardian, 25 July 2009

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Jill Balcon 1925 - 2009

Posted: 23/07/2009 15:33 | News Home

The Wilfred Owen Association was saddened to learn of the death of Jill Balcon at the age of 84.

Ms Balcon, who was married to the poet C Day-Lewis, was a Vice-President of the Association and read Wilfred's poetry at the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate him at All Saints Church in Dunsden.

Her obituary was published in the Guardian on July 20th and in the Daily Telegraph on the 21st.  The WOA will be publishing an obituary in its forthcoming Journal.

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A Festschrift for Michael Longley, 'the Ireland Professor of Poetry'

Posted: 14/07/2009 09:28 | News Home

Enitharmon Press has published a Festschrift celebrating the 70th birthday of Michael Longley, former winner of the Wilfred Owen Poetry Award.

Michael Longley has been acknowledged as one of our most important living poets: Seamus Heaney has described him as "a keeper of the artistic estate, a custodian of griefs and wonders" and John Burnside as "one of the finest lyric poets of our century".

To learn more about Michael Longley, and this special publication, please click here.


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Plans for a sculpture inspired by the work of Wilfred Owen

Posted: 03/07/2009 12:50 | News Home

Edinburgh Evening News has reported that a £20,000 fundraising drive is to be launched to place a sculpture in the heart of Craiglockhart.

The design, by Polwarth-based sculptor Lara Greene, is inspired by the work of Wilfred Owen, who was treated for shell shock at Craiglockhart War Hospital in 1917., 2 July 2009

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