News Articles with the tag 'Dean Johnson'

Rhymes on Rails poetry competition

Posted: 01/08/2011 20:31 | News Home

The Wilfred Owen Story and Merseyrail are launching a poetry competition aimed at youngsters travelling by train this summer. "Rhymes on Rails" hopes to encourage children to create poetry inspired by their journey across Merseyside, however long or short.

It is free to enter and the best poems will take pride of place alongside those of Wilfred Owen at the Wilfred Owen Story and Gallery in Birkenhead. Owen spent his formative years in Birkenhead where his father Tom worked on the railway.

Sponsors Merseyrail will present the winner with a book token, and a collection of the best poems will be published in a booklet later in the year.

Entry forms are free and will be available from all Merseyrail stations. "Rhymes on Rails" will be launched on 1 August, check both here and Merseyrail’s websites for updates or email info@wilfredowenstory.com.

Download the flyer

 

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Birkenhead will welcome the country's first tribute to Wilfred Owen's work

Posted: 02/03/2011 12:51 | News Home

The Wirral is set to become the home of the country’s first permanent tribute to WWI poet Wilfred Owen.

An exhibition organised by Dean Johnson, which opens on March 18th in Birkenhead, will commemorate the work of the famous poet.

Read more in the Wirral Globe (March 1st 2011)

See also:

Wirral News and Click Liverpool.

www.wilfredowenstory.com

Sponsorship opportunity

Dean Johnson is seeking sponsorship to fund this project.  Alternatively, if anyone involved in the printing business could assist with I.T skills (website, video production etc.) he'd love to hear from you too. Dean would also love to hear your thoughts or idea's to help move the project forward.  Contact him at:

deanjohnsonmusic@hotmail.com
07944 398 794

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A permanent Wilfred Owen exhibition in Birkenhead

Posted: 24/01/2011 19:32 | News Home

The Wilfred Owen Story, a permanent commemorative exhibition of Wilfred's life and work, with an emphasis on his time Birkenhead is very proud to announce that they will be based at 34 Argyle Street, Birkenhead.

Operating as a information centre and art gallery the Wilfred Owen Story will be the first designated cultural memorial to the poet anywhere in the North West.

It is situated on all major bus routes in the town, and is minutes from Hamilton Square Station (previously Woodside Central, where Wilfred’s father Tom worked as a station manager). 

Argyle Street is steeped in history: Wilfred learned to swim at the public baths there and No. 34 is in a terrace that received a English Heritage Blue Plaque, the site is grade 2 listed.

Work on the exhibition will begin this week and it will have its official opening on 18 March, Wilfred’s birthday.

The Wilfred Owen Story will feature regular art shows, plus poetry and music workshops and performances, and will encourage the community to find and use their voice to the same effect as the iconic figure that the building aims to honour.

Sponsorship Opportunity

Dean Johnson is seeking sponsorship to fund this project.  Alternatively, if anyone involved in the printing business could assist with I.T skills (website, video production etc.) he'd love to hear from you too. Dean would also love to hear your thoughts or idea's to help move the project forward.  Contact him at:

deanjohnsonmusic@hotmail.com

07944 398 794

 

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Dean Johnson performing "Futility"

Posted: 16/11/2010 20:36 | News Home

A film of Dean Johnson performing 'Futility" at Wallasey library on November 11th is now on Youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axQ-G1kyD_0

Futility is taken from Dean's musical play about Wilfred, Bullets and Daffodils, which will tour schools in the North West in March.

For more information click here.

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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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Bullets and Daffodils

Posted: 14/04/2010 21:25 | News Home

The Wirral Globe has reported that musician Dean Johnson is currently working on a musical play about Wilfred Owen. 

There is more information on Dean's website

 

I contacted Dean and he has kindly supplied the following synopsis:

Bullets and Daffodils is a musical play in two acts based on the life of Wilfred Owen.  The first act deals with his life before the war, the second of his life in the war including his death. It explores the relationship with his mother through his letters, poetry  and his life's events. Dialogue is interspersed with songs written and performed by Dean Johnson.


Wilfred tries to convey home to his mother through his letters and through his poetry his feelings on life and the horrors of war at the same time going through the agony of his inner torments.  We explore what he wrote and what we presume he actually meant.

We hope to explore the experience of a mothers feelings and loss through warfare and hopefully bring home a relevant details that all can be related to and still exist today.

We hope the play will appeal to a wide audience and have educational value.

The play has two characters Wilfred and Susan, and a singer, the set is a Victorian parlour/sitting room filled with plants and relevant props that are used throughout the play.

It is Armistice Day 1918, church bells are ringing.

Wilfred appears on stage simultaneously commenting throughout the play but unseen to Susan.  He is in uniform.

The play ends with a knock at the door.

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