Daniel Day-Lewis reads Wilfred Owen works in War Poets Collection

Posted: 01/11/2016 16:00 | News Home

Sir Daniel Day-Lewis has recited seven of Wilfred Owen's most famous works to help relaunch Edinburgh Napier University's War Poets Collection.

More information on the BBC website.

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The Wilfred Owen Poetry Award 2016

Posted: 23/09/2016 09:29 | News Home

The Wilfred Owen Association are honoured to announce that the Poet Laureate, Dame Carol Ann Duffy, has accepted the Wilfred Owen Poetry Award for 2016. She will be appearing at the Gateway, Shrewsbury, on Saturday 26th November 2016, to receive the Award and to present her tribute, in this centenary year, to the abiding memory of the Great War.

Carol Ann Duffy and John Sampson - her favourite court musician – will bring over an hour of light and shade, reflection and laughter to Shrewsbury. Carol Ann will read from her acclaimed collections, remembering the Last Post, the Christmas Truce and other works, including The World’s Wife and The Bees.

Lucid, honest and accessible, her writing explores both everyday experience and our inner worlds in deceptive, profoundly resonant poems. Alongside the words, John Sampson takes us on a virtuoso tour through musical highlights of the past 500 years - played on a fascinating collection of period and modern instruments.

Carol Ann Duffy and John Sampson have collaborated for over thirteen years.

Click here for a press release.

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A close reading of 'Dulce et Decorum est' by Dr Santanu Das

Posted: 26/06/2016 20:26 | News Home

In a close reading for the British Library's online feature Discovering Literature: 20th Century Dr Santanu Das examines the crafting of one of Owen’s most poignant poems, ‘Dulce et Decorum est’, and shows how Owen’s war poems evoke the extreme sense-experience of the battlefield.

You can read the article in full at:


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A giant Wilfred Owen?

Posted: 28/05/2016 13:10 | News Home

Wirral council leader Phil Davies said the borough will capitalise on its connection to the war poet Wilfred Owen in the return of the massive marionettes as they commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.

The Liverpool Mayor said he and Wirral council leader Phil Davies had talked about the famous war poet Wilfred Owen who had lived in Birkenhead and said: “We had a conversation about wouldn’t it be great to bring this over to Wirral, to Birkenhead.”

More on the Liverpool Echo website (26 May 2016)

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Celebrating Rabindranath Tagore & Wilfred Owen

Posted: 08/02/2016 16:03 | News Home

A concert was held at the Royal Academy of Music on 16th January 2016,
produced by Fiona MacDonald, of the Scottish charity GLEN ART.

It recalled the letter sent to Tagore by Wilfred Owen’s mother Susan, and also paid tribute to the 1.4 million Indian soldiers who fought in World War I. The director of the Cultural wing of the Indian High Commission, Mr Srinivas Gotru, was a guest of honour, representing the land of  Tagore.

The concert opened with a rendition of “Silent Night” by the Indian baritone Darwin Leonard, with the second verse sung in Hindi!

Renowned actor Timothy West read a passage from Tagore, and one of Wilfred’s letters to his mother, from the front line in February 1916, a hundred years ago. He also read the poem “Disabled”.

Rufus Lawrence, cellist from Imperial College, and member of the RAM Isabella Schofield, pianist, gave a fine interpretation of Moeran’s “Prelude”, and Jeremy Limb played “Improvisations for the Left Hand”, composed by Frank Bridge for a pianist who lost his right arm in the war.

Helen Ryan gave a moving reading of Owen’s poem “S.I.W.” and the concert ended with Prunella Scales reading Susan’s letter to Tagore, and West reading the poem which inspired it - “Parting Words”.

But for this listener the highlight was the singing of four of the six songs from Butterworth’s settings of  “A Shropshire Lad”, ending with a magical interpretation of my favourite “Is My Team Ploughing?”. Darwin Leonard most sensitively contrasted the plangent melancholy tone of the ‘ghost’ with the hearty confidence of his surviving friend, now living with his former girlfriend  - a most poignant performance!

The President of the Wilfred Owen Association, Wilfred’s nephew Peter Owen, gave an impromptu Vote of Thanks to all the performers, and the RAM for hosting, and our thanks go out to Fiona MacDonald for arranging such a moving and enjoyable concert.

Timothy West (L) and Prunella Scales (R). Copyright GLEN ART

Review by Sam Gray, WOA Treasurer

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