2017 marks the centenary of Wilfred Owen’s time at Craiglockhart, Edinburgh, where he first met Siegfried Sassoon.  To mark this, several events are taking place in the city this year. 

The Alliance of Literary Societies (ALS)

AGM Weekend in Edinburgh

Jointly hosted by

the Siegfried Sassoon Fellowship and the Wilfred Owen Association,

celebrating the 100th anniversary of the meeting of the two poets

                                                      2 – 4 June 2017


Friday 2 June –  optional activity

17.00     Visit to the Outlook Tower/Camera Obscura& World of Illusions (admission charge). Meet on the top floor at 17.30 for a short talk on the work of Patrick Geddes.

18.30     Governor’s reception in the Great Hall of Edinburgh Castle. Please register your interest in advance as numbers are limited. For details contact fiona@wilfredowen.org.uk

Saturday 3 June

10.00     Meet for coffee and registration at the Rivers Suite, Craiglockhart Campus, Napier University, and catch up with friends from other societies.Raffle tickets on sale throughout the morning.

11.00     Welcome by Professor Andrea Nolan, Vice Chancellor of Napier University

11.15     Claire Harman, President of the Alliance of Literary Societies

11.30     Introduction: Meg Crane, Chair of the SSF and WOA

Speaker: Professor Alistair McCleery, Napier University: “The First World War and the Scottish Novel”

13.00     Soup & sandwich lunch

There will be an opportunity for delegates to visit the War Poets Collection, and talk to the curator, Dr Catherine Walker

14.00     ALS AGM, followed by the drawing of the raffle.

15.30     Speaker: Dr Hazel Hutchison, University of Aberdeen. “Whistling Over the Fields: Soundscapes of War”.

16.30     Words and music of the First World War, performed by artists from “Glen Art”.

17.00     (approx.) Further opportunities to visit the War Poets Collection

Note: While the Rivers Suite is being set up for the dinner, a room will be set aside to enable those staying to relax and change if wished.

19.00     Dinner at the Rivers Suite – 3 courses with vegetarian option (£35). All drinks extra.

Sunday, 4 June –  optional activity

10.30am Literary walk in central Edinburgh, led by Neil MacLennan.  Price £5

Meet at Waverley Station.  Afterwards visit the War Museum and memorial at Edinburgh Castle (admission charges apply).

Click here for a booking form.


“When Wilfred Met Siegfried”, an afternoon event held 100 years to the day that Owen and Sassoon first met at Craiglockhart.

Friday, 18 August

 14.00 Craiglockhart, Rivers Suite

 Poems, letters, diaries written by Owen and Sassoon in Edinburgh, August to October 1917. Download a flyer.

Advance booking not necessary - free event. Email woa@1914-18.co.uk for further details.