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New anthology - The Day Destroyed

Posted: 19/09/2015 19:22 | News Home

The Day Destroyed 

New anthology from The Wilfred Owen Association

The title of this volume is taken from “The Manor”, by Alan Franks, the poem which won the first prize in The Wilfred Owen Association International Poetry Competition 2014
 
All the prizewinning poems are included here, together with another sixteen under the categories of “Highly Commended” and “Runners-up”.

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We received more than seven hundred entries, from all over the world, and it took three judges – Gladys Mary Coles, Merryn Williams and Meg Crane – about six weeks to come to their conclusions. Many excellent poems were brought to light by the competition, and it was inevitable that not all of them reached the final list: we hope, in the fairly near future, to ask their authors’ permission to print some more of them in the Wilfred Owen Association Journal.

All the entries were judged anonymously. In the event, in spite of knowing nothing about the authors until after we had decided upon the final list, we have ended up with a selection in which men and women poets are almost exactly balanced. All the winning entries were from Europe; those from the United Kingdom represent more of a geographical spread than we usually achieve in the Journal. Most areas of England are represented, but there is only one representative apiece from Scotland and Wales, and none from Northern Ireland – next time, perhaps ….  And three of our six winners ended up with two poems which reached the final selection: a tribute, we like to, to our consistency of judgment.

Some of the poems are more obviously “literary” than others – Martin Bennett in “Now Thrive the Armourers” draws upon Shakespeare’s Henry V, and Alan Franks in “Late Rendezvous” weaves a subtle web of his own and Wilfred Owen’s words and images  -  but all use language in some way which brings new light, even in so many poems in which darkness is a theme. We had asked for poems “in the spirit of Wilfred Owen”, which was the title of the Association’s previous anthology, edited by Merryn Williams and published in 2002 after our last poetry competition. We had no fixed expectations, and certainly no policy statement. A few of the poems we chose have no direct bearing on war as such, but we felt that they exhibited Owen’s characteristic imaginative sympathy with the forgotten, the marginalised, the victimised - Pat Winslow’s “Stroyka 51”, Susan Davies’s “The Mango Tree”, Gill Learner’s “The Lodestone of the Upper VIth”, Margaret Holbrook’s “In a Village of Many Ash Trees”. Of course we did not all agree on every specific poem; but given that we had made few or no pre-conditions, it was remarkable how closely the three of us agreed most of the time, particularly when it came to the short list.

Unsurprisingly, there are no “pro-war” poems - whatever that means - and there is a full measure of tragic sympathy. But not all the poems dwell exclusively on the waste and futility of war: like Wilfred Owen himself, many competitors “found music” in stories of friendship and generosity (Susan Davies’s “The Invaders”); courage and loyalty (Greg Freeman’s “Learning by Heart”) even alongside the horrors. The poems which most often aroused our admiration were never literally in the style of Wilfred Owen, though some competitors drew upon his sound-patterns and stanza forms (Alan Franks in both poems, and Mark Haworth-Booth in “The Anthropocene”). Those entries which were in effect a pastiche of Owen or of lesser First World War poets - “mud” rhymes with “blood” and “death” rhymes with “breath” - were often quite effective and moving in their way: but more as a tribute to Owen than as an addition to the canon, and none of them reached the final list.

In fact none of the finalists has written directly about the experience of conflict in 1914-18. Alan Franks’s winning poem itself presents the Great War and its aftermath through an extended metaphor. Others - Pamela Trudie Hodge with “Those Green-Thumbed Boys”; Conor McKee with “The Miners”; Hazel Hutchison with “Intermezzo:  Gallipoli”, Chris Raetschus with “How to Survive the News”, Don Nixon with “War Wreck of a Torpedoed Troopship” - all look at that war obliquely. The war which almost as much pervades the collection (and I don’t think that we had foreseen this) is the Second World War.  Even poets now well into their adult lives have no literal memories of that time: but inherited memories can make powerful poetry - “Pat Winslow with “Utah”, Andria J. Cooke with “The Last One Left” – as can collective memories raised in the imagination:  Rebecca Bilkau with “On Not Visiting Bergen-Belsen”, Kathy Miles with “Picking the Grapes”.

And then there are those other, later wars, the civil wars which we ourselves have escaped bodily but cannot escape in the imagination – Bosnia (Michael Brett with “Every Dead Baby is a Baby Croatian”) and Syria (Roger Elkin with “Fishing the Khabur River”).

In this volume the Wilfred Owen Association has the privilege of presenting twenty-two fine new additions to the world of poetry. We thank all our competitors for making it possible.

The anthology is dedicated to the memory of Richard Graham (1942-2014).  Richard was a loved and valued member of the Wilfred Owen Association.  Almost his last gift to us, before his sudden death, was the administration of the Poetry Competition.

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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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Sir Andrew Motion awarded 2014 Wilfred Owen Association Poetry Award

Posted: 18/09/2014 20:16 | News Home

We are delighted to announce that the 2014 Wilfred Owen Association Poetry Award is presented to Sir Andrew Motion.

Press enquiries: please email WOA's Press Officer, Fiona MacDonald, at fiona@wilfredowen.org.uk

Click here for more about the Award.

The Presentation will take place at The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH during the event, The Past Hovering: An Evening of War Poetry
6pm-7.30pm

If you wish to attend you MUST register.  Details at www.britac.ac.uk/events

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Tickets now on sale for the 2012 Poetry Award presentation

Posted: 29/08/2012 12:00 | News Home

 

The Wilfred Owen Association is pleased and proud to announce that Gillian Clarke has agreed to accept the Wilfred Owen Poetry Award for 2012. Click here for more information

The Award presentation will take place at the Gateway, Shrewsbury, on Saturday October 27th. 

The presentation will follow a day of events, including the WOA AGM:

Noon-1pm AGM (all welcome, but only current WOA members can vote)

1pm-2pm Lunch (see below)

2pm-3.30pm Showing of the film Resistance, from the bestselling book by the poet, novelist and broadcaster Owen Sheers

3.30pm-4.30pm Discussion on Boarder Literature

4.30pm-5pm Tea (see below)

5pm-6pm Presentation of the 2012 Wilfred Owen Association Poetry Award to Gillian Clarke, with a discussion chaired by Meg Crane, Chair of the Wilfred Owen Association

The costs for attending the events after the AGM (the AGM is free) are as follows:

£7 for the film (£10 non-members)

£8 for all events, except the film (£11 for non-members)

£15 for all events, including the film (£18 for non-members)

Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Lunch and tea

Lunch and tea are not included in the above costs and may be purchased from The Gateway on the day.

Email: woa@1914-18.co.uk for more information about the event.

We look forward to welcoming many of our members - and non-members - to The Gateway on Saturday 27 October.

 

 

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Wilfred Owen Poetry Award 2010 presented to Jon Stallworthy

Posted: 08/11/2010 20:17 | News Home

The Wilfred Owen Association presents a Poetry Award to honour a poet for a sustained body of work that includes memorable war poems.

The recipient of the 2010 Award is Professor Jon Stallworthy, FBA, FRSL, poet, biographer, and literary scholar.

Jon (Howie) Stallworthy is Professor Emertius of English at the University of Oxford, and Fellow and former Acting President of Wolfson College, Oxford. Born in 1935, he was educated at the Dragon School, Rugby School, and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he won the Newdigate Prize for Poetry.  He also served in the Royal West African Frontier Force.  He was poetry editor at Oxford University Press and John Wendell Anderson Professor of English at Cornell University, New York. 

His collections of poetry include The Astronomy of Love (1961), Out of Bounds (1963), Root and Branch (1969), Hand in Hand (1974), A Familiar Tree (1978), The Anzac Sonata (1986), The Guest from the Future (1995), Rounding the Horn: Collected Poems (1998) and Body Language (2004).  His autobiography, The Singing School: The Making of a Poet, was published in 1998 and a collection of essays, Survivors' Songs, in 2008.

Jon Stallworthy's work has received numerous awards.  His biography of Wilfred Owen (1974) was honored with the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize, the W. H. Smith Literary Award, and the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His study of Yeats won the M. L. Rosenthal Award, while Louis MacNeice: A Biography (1995) won the Southern Arts Literature Prize.

He edited Owen’s Complete Poems and Fragments (1984) and Henry Reed’s Collected Poems, as well as numerous anthologies, including The Norton Anthology of Poetry (1996, with Margaret Ferguson and Mary Jo Salter), A Book of Love Poetry (1974), and The Oxford Book of War Poetry (1984). With Peter France, he co-translated Alexander Blok’s Selected Poems (1970, originally titled The Twelve and Other Poems) and Boris Pasternak’s Selected Poems (1983).

The presentation will take place at Wolfson College, Oxford, on Saturday November 13th 2010. Professor Stallworthy will be interviewed by Dr Jane Potter and will read some of his poetry (this event has now sold out).

Thanks to sponsorship from Coutts, the WOA has commission Royal College of Art student Chrystalla Achilleos to design the award itself.   

 

 

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Free prize draw at the WOA AGM

Posted: 30/10/2010 12:18 | News Home

We have a pair of tickets for Birdsong to give away to members attending our AGM on November 13th.  All attendees are automatically entered into the free prize draw.  Members who are unable to attend can enter too - see our Notice Board for details.

Click here for more information about the AGM.

The AGM is followed by the presentation of the 2010 Wilfred Owen Poetry Award to Professor John Stallworthy.  Click here for details of the presentation.

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Harold Pinter's Wilfred Owen Award acquired by the British Library

Posted: 21/10/2010 20:52 | News Home

 

The medals, plaques, medallions and original artwork won by Pinter - who died in 2008, aged 78 - "include the 2004 Wilfred Owen Prize, awarded after he wrote controversial poems opposing war in Iraq".

More on the BBC website (20 October 2010).

Click here for more about the Wilfred Owen Poetry Award.


 

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Wilfred Owen Association AGM and presentation

Posted: 27/10/2009 20:08 | News Home

The 2009 AGM will be held at Neal's Yard Meeting Rooms, 14 Neal's Yard, London on Saturday November 21st at 2pm. All members are very welcome.

The AGM will be folllowed by the presentation of The Wilfred Owen Poetry Award.  The Wilfred Owen Association presents a biennial Poetry Award to honour a poet for a sustained body of work that includes memorable war poems.

The recipient of the 2009 Award is Dr Dannie Abse, for his sixty-year-long body of work.

The presentation will take place at 3pm. Dr Abse will be interviewed by Dr Merryn Williams.

Entrance (on the door) is £5 for WOA members and £6 for non-members. Refreshments will be available. Please let the Secretary, Mrs Vanessa Davis, know if you will be coming, to help with the catering arrangements:  vcedavis@hotmail.com or write to her at 29 Arthur Road, London SW19 7DN.

This event will be followed by supper at La Piazzetta, 13 Neal's Yard.  If you would like to join us, please email Vanessa Davis at vcedavis@hotmail.com before November 8th.

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Dannie Abse recipient of 2009 Wilfred Owen Poetry Award

Posted: 22/09/2009 12:53 | News Home

The Wilfred Owen Association presents a biennial Poetry Award to honour a poet for a sustained body of work that includes memorable war poems.

The recipient of the 2009 Award is Dr Dannie Abse, for his sixty-year-long body of work. 

The presentation will take place at Neal's Yard Meeting Rooms, 14 Neal's Yard, London on Saturday November 21st at 3pm. Dr Abse will be interviewed by Dr Merryn Williams.

Entrance (on the door) is £5 for WOA members and £6 for non-members. Refreshments will be available. Please let the Secretary, Mrs Vanessa Davis, know if you will be coming, to help with the catering arrangements:  vcedavis@hotmail.com or write to her at 29 Arthur Road, London SW19 7DN.

The presentation follows the Wilfred Owen Association AGM at 2pm, which is open to members only.

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