WWI Book group

Just a quick reminder that the next meeting of the WWI Book group will be on Tuesday 17th January in the Museum’s Café Lounge from 2.30 p.m.  Please feel free to bring along a book you’d like introduce but don’t feel you have to come with a book.  You’ll be very welcome to join us for a drink and lively discussion! 

As you’ll have seen from the Book group reports, poetry plays a large part in the literature of the First World War, and we certainly hope to explore that further in the Book group and also in our programme of talks and workshops in 2017 and beyond.   There are several fascinating websites around poetry and the First World War.  Have you tried The First World War Poetry Digital Archive at www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit?  There’s a wealth of material about many war poets associated with the war including several who have turned up in our Book group discussions including Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves, Vera Brittain and Edward Thomas.  Another fascinating site is www.poetrybyheart.org.uk which has an extensive ‘First World War Poetry Showcase’ featuring several non-British poets as well many less well known British poets including some modern responses to the war.  I am sure there are many other websites on this topic – perhaps you could email me suggestions or your particular favourite poet or poem?

Judith Phillips (judith.phillips@thebowesmuseum.org.uk)