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Sunday, 13 April 2014

Reclaiming WW1 poetry: a 'No Glory' event


A special night of poetry organised by No Glory to commemorate Conscientious Objectors’ Day on 15th May. Speakers include AL Kennedy, Blake Morrison, Michael Rosen, George Szirtes and Samuel West reading from both their own work and that of the war poets.

"Given the recent attacks on the war poets by the government-backed revisionist historians, it's important to reclaim their centrality to our memory of the first world war. We’re calling the event …cold stars lighting… taken from Wilfred Owen’s poem (I Saw His Round Mouth’s Crimson)

And in his eyes
The cold stars lighting, very old and bleak,
In different skies.

There’ll be music, too, from Matthew Crampton and Nette Robinson & the Lyric Ensemble.

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Tuesday, 01 April 2014

Owen's communion

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We are delighted to have been presented today with a communion book which was given to Wilfred Owen by Canon WHF Robson, the famous evangelical preacher of Christ Church, Birkenhead. Robson's inscription suggests that he gave the book to Owen on February 6, 1910, when Owen was confirmed.
Owen's biographer Dominic Hibberd described Robson as perhaps the greatest influence on the young Owen outside his family. Our thanks to Robin Horne of Henley for this gift. Like his father before him, Robin was educated at Dunsden school.
Perhaps now we will discover exactly what became of Owen's service revolver. According to a local story, it was discovered in its holster with some live rounds by a group of local boy scouts when they called on Owen's parents to 'bob-a-job'.