British Empire Medal for Jacky Duminy, Mayor of Ors

Posted: 19/11/2014 16:53 | News Home

Jacky Duminy, Mayor of Ors, is to receive the British Empire Medal for his role in keeping the memory of Wilfred Owen alive.

Wilfred Owen is buried in a British military section of the communal Ors cemetery, close to the canal where he was killed in action on November 4th 1918.  Each year the people of Ors commemorate Owen on the anniversary of his death.

More on the Shropshire Star website (11/11/2014)

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Sir Andrew Motion awarded the 2014 Wilfred Owen Poetry Award

Posted: 17/11/2014 10:10 | News Home

Peter Owen, Wilfred Owen's nephew and president of the Wilfred Owen Association, presented the prize at 'The Past Hovering: An evening of War Poetry', held at the British Academy on November 12th. 

More on the British Academy's website.

Sir Andrew Motion and Peter Owen (copyright Sam Gray)

(copyright Garry Rigby)

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Imperial War Museum library threatened with closure

Posted: 14/11/2014 11:52 | News Home

One hundred years after the outbreak of the First World War, the Imperial War Museum is under threat.

The Museum is facing an annual deficit of £4m because of cuts in government funding.

It has drawn up proposals to:

•   close its unique library and dispose of the majority of its collection

•   cut important education services

•   cut 60-80 jobs

•   close the widely emulated ‘Explore History’ facility in London.

The Museum’s library gives ordinary people access to research materials on all aspects of British and Commonwealth involvement in conflict since 1914.

Prospect trade union believes the world's leading authority on conflict will be irreparably damaged by the £4m deficit.

It has launched this petition to help ensure that the Imperial War Museum continues to provide for, and encourage, the study and understanding of the history of modern war and ‘wartime experience'.

Please show your support by signing today.

See also: Imperial War Museum library petition gathers strength (Daily Telegraph, November 11th 2014)

Imperial War Museum library threatened with closure (Bookseller, November 7th 2014)

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The Wilfred Owen Virgin Super Voyager?

Posted: 07/11/2014 15:44 | News Home

Virgin Trains will launch its first service from Shrewsbury to London on December 14 and to celebrate the Shropshire Star-led London Link Campaign, readers have been given the chance to suggest the nameplate on the Virgin Super Voyager, which will be seen across the UK.

The best five were shortlisted by a panel of judges, who looked at hundreds of suggested names. "Wilfred Owen" has been shortlisted for the nameplate.

For more information - and a chance to vote - go to the Shropshire Star website:

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Simon Jenkins on the "responsibility" of playing Wilfred Owen

Posted: 09/10/2014 16:44 | News Home

Actor Simon Jenkins is taking on the role of Owen in the Feelgood Theatre production of Not About Heroes opposite Alasdair Craig as Sassoon.

More in the Liverpool Echo (6 October 2014).

Click here for tour dates.

See also: In an interview the Director, Caroline Clegg, explains the significance of the current tour dates:

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