An Evening Of World War I poetry with poet Peter Wyton
Friday 15th August 2014 at 8pm
St Mary’s Church, Helmdon, Northamptonshire
To mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War,
Bookmarks Festival is hosting a special evening of war poetry with renowned poet Peter Wyton.
From the trench poetry of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, to contemporary poems that explore the horrors and sacrifices of the Great War, Peter Wyton will be dramatically bringing the voices of the past back to life for what promise to be a very special and moving evening of war literature.
Peter Wyton is the author of six poetry collections, has been twice nominated for the prestigious Forward Prize as well as the Pushcast Prize and is a previous Poet Laureate for Gloucestershire. His poetry has featured on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Poetry Please’ and he was a finalist in the inaugural BBC Poetry Slam Competition. His work has been selected for inclusion in the new Oxford University Press’ ‘The Oxford Book Of War Poetry’, from which he will be reading at the event.
Tickets are £5 if booked in advance or £6 on the door.
The performance will be followed by a wine reception (included in the price of a ticket).
All profit made from the event will go to the British Red Cross
"If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues, --
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori."
Wilfred Owen, 'Dulce et Decorum Est'
Photo used with permission of World War One Photos Archive. www.WW1Photos.com