This major new anthology of war poetry brings together for the first time the work of poets who saw active service on the Western Front, but not with a gun in their hand. Their role was to save life, not to take it.

Ernest Hemingway and E E Cummings drove ambulances. Mary Borden, Carola Oman and Vera Brittain were nurses. All of them volunteered their services to help those caught up in the war, often at great personal risk to themselves.

Finding themselves amid scenes of unimaginable horror, each one experienced the realities of the war first-hand and wrote about what they saw and did with great honesty and compassion.

Release date: June 2018

Book launch: Professor Paul O’Prey will speak about the book at La Caixa Cultural, Palma de Mallorca, Spain on Wednesday 11 July, at a small launch event during the XIV International Robert Graves Conference there, 10-14 July 2018. The date and time of the launch is to be confirmed. Contact pjvilla@aol.com for further details.

Copies of the anthology, published by Dare-Gale Press, can be ordered via Amazon in the UK or through the University of Chicago Press in the USA.

 

Ivor Gurney: poet and composer

Free Event

At the Ivor Gurney Hall; King’s School Gloucester, Gloucester, GL1 2BG
7.30 pm and 8.30 pm, Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Tel: 07739910510

Ivor Gurney: poet and composer

FREE EVENT

For further details, and a map of the venue, click on the link below:

http://www.thecityofgloucester.co.uk/whats-on/ivor-gurney-poet-and-composer-p2490093

An exciting national poetry competition to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War is taking place. A shortlist of the five judged the best, with the full texts of the five poems, has been published. The winner is being decided now by a public vote in which you can now participate. One vote per person is permitted.

The competition is named A Poem to Remember and chaired by HRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. It is intended to honour and convey the challenges faced by the current men and women serving in the Military, and their families.

The winning poem will be chosen by the public and read by HRH The Duke of Cambridge at a special event at the new Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) this Summer. It will also be mounted at the DNRC and its author will receive a cash prize of £2,000, with four runners-up receiving £500. Only one entry per person was permitted. Entries from any location were accepted. Poems had to be no longer than 25 lines. The closing date for entries was 9 April 2018. The competition was open to everyone aged 17 and over.

Entries were whittled down to a long list of 25 before a short list of five judged the best were selected by a panel of short list judges, chaired by historian and broadcaster Dan Snow and including Stephen Fry and Andy McNab. The winner is now being decided by a public vote.

More information on the competition and how to vote can be found here.

**  DEADLINE FOR CFP PROPOSALS NOW EXTENDED TO 4th JUNE 2018  **

Plans are advanced for the 14th International Robert Graves Society Conference, 10th – 14th July 2018. The theme this year will be:

‘Robert Graves and Europe: Good-bye to All That / But It Still Goes On’

The conference will take place at the former Gran Hotel, Palma de Mallorca, where Graves and Riding stayed on their arrival in Palma in 1929, and at Deià, where they lived until 1936. Graves returned to Mallorca in 1946 with Beryl Pritchard Graves and their family and lived in Deià until his death in 1985.

The hotel is now the Caixa Cultural, a cultural centre in Palma run by a major Catalan and Spanish bank, ‘La Caixa’. This will be the fifth Robert Graves conference to be held there and at Deià since the centenary conference in Mallorca held in 1995. We are most grateful to La Caixa bank and staff at Caixa Cultural for their continued support.

The timings of the conference will be Tuesday, 10th July 2018, at 5.00 pm (approx) – Saturday, 14th July 2018, at 2:00 pm (approx). Please note that he CFP deadline has been extended to 4th June 2018. The CFP and more details of the event are published at http://www.robertgraves.org/society/index.php?id=47 , where there is also a link to the registration page at http://robertgraves.org/society/news.php?id=58&group_id=4 . Accommodation options are being arranged and will be published online soon.

Submit you proposal to give a paper and/or book your place at Robert Graves Mallorca 2018 now by sending your proposal to the conference director, Charles Mundye, at C.Mundye@shu.ac.uk (paper proposals or questions about the CFP or academic programme) or contact Patrick Villa, pjvilla@aol.com  (book your place at the conference, any enquiries about hotels, travel, administrative and financial details) now!

The conference is open to all participants who have registered to attend it and paid the registration fee. It is not necessary to give a paper in order to attend the conference, but all participants who wish to attend it must register in advance and, unless notified otherwise by the organisers, pay a registration fee.

Gamal Khamis and Christopher Kent will be taking part in the BBC Radio 3 programme In Tune with Katie Derham on Monday 21 May between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm to discuss their First World War play Never Such Innocence. They will also perform extracts from the play during this broadcast, ahead of the English Music Festival performance of the play on Sunday 27 May 2018.

Listen to the Radio 3 programme on the BBC’s website at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b3bz1y, or afterwards on BBC Radio iPlayer. The full programme details are also published on this page.

Never Such Innocence is the acclaimed narrative recital programme of words and music from the First World War which Gamal Khamis and Christopher Kent have been performing round the country over the last few months, with further performances through 2018 as below.

Contact Christopher Kent: 07850 595089 / 020 8991 1855

Video trailer:   www.ckuk.com/never-such-innocence

Facebook: facebook.com/NeverSuchInnocence

NEVER SUCH INNOCENCE TOUR 2018:

Saturday 17th March, 7.30pm. – All Saints Church, Isleworth, TW7 6BE

Sunday 18th March, 7.30pm – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Sunday 27th May, 2.15pm – English Music Festival, Silk Hall, Radley College, Oxfordshire, OX14 2HR

Tuesday 3rd July, 7.30pm – Festival of Chichester, Oxmarket Centre of Arts, Chichester

Friday 13th July, 7.30pm – JAM on the Marsh Festival, St Dunstans Church, Romney Marsh

Saturday 8th September, 7.30pm – St Chad’s, Shrewsbury (in aid of Medic Malawi)

Wednesday 12th September, 7pm – Freemasons Hall, Covent Garden, London

Thursday 13th September, 7pm – Freemasons Hall, Covent Garden, London

Friday 21st September, 7.30pm – Village Hall, Sutton Veny, Wiltshire BA12 7AP

Sunday 30th September, 4pm – Sandham Memorial Chapel, Burghclere

Saturday 20th October 7.30pm – Canterbury Festival, Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs

Saturday 3rd November 7.30pm – Bath Recitals, St Michael’s Church, Bath

Monday 5th November 7.30pm – Royal Overseas League, Park Place, St James’s Street, London, SW1A 1LR

Friday 9th November 7.30pm – Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh, IB15 5BN

Sunday 11th November 7.30pm – St Mary’s, Perivale

Sunday 18th November 7.30pm – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Saturday 1st December 8pm – OSO Arts Centre, Barnes Green, London, SW13 0LF

PRESS & MEDIA:

“A very special, moving and immensely absorbing production”

“The most amazing evening… one of the most moving and thought-provoking events I have ever attended.”

“Beautifully nuanced show – tender, moving, angry.”

“A spell-binding evening. So compelling to watch and listen to”

“The choice of poetry and music was perfect and the narrative and underlying story very moving…I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house.”

A new biography of Robert Graves by Dr Jean Moorcroft-Wilson is due to be published by Bloomsbury in August 2018, covering the years from his birth in London, school at Charterhouse, holidays in Harlech, his service with the Royal Welch Fusiliers in the First World War, his marriage to Nancy Nicholson, study at Oxford, the arrival of the American poet Laura Riding, departure to Egypt with both women and his and Nancy’s children in 1926 to be a Professor of English at Cairo University, and their return to England. It will also cover their and their circle’s tumultuous relationships in London, until Riding’s jump from a high window and Graves’s eventual departure to Mallorca with Riding, but without Nancy or his children, after writing his autobiography Good-bye To All That at the age of 33.

‘Robert Graves: From Great War Poet to Good-bye To All That 1895-1929’ by Jean Moorcroft-Wilson will be published by Bloomsbury Continuum on 23 August 2018.

Dr Jean Moorcroft Wilson is well-known to many WPA members for her writing and lectures and has been described as the ‘doyenne of war poet biographers’. Her publications include biographies of Isaac Rosenberg (on whom she lectures worldwide), Siegfried Sassoon, Edward Thomas and Virginia Woolf. This new biography will cover the whole of the period in which Robert Graves wrote most of his work about war, from the publication of his first book of poetry Over the Brazier in the year of the Battle of the Somme, in which he was severely wounded and left on the battlefield presumed ‘died of wounds’, to that of his famous memoir of the war, Good-bye To All That.

Publishers Bloomsbury Continuum are offering a pre-publication discount of 10% on the hardback price of £25, for copies ordered directly from them. In a rather Catch-22 move for books costing £25, orders over £25 are post-free. Order 2 copies post-free for £45 or one for £22.50 plus postage, at https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/robert-graves-9781472929143.

This series was produced as part of the University of Oxford, Faculty of English Spring School (3-5 April 2014) and is aimed at members of the public, particularly those who have read some World War One poetry and are now seeking a deeper critical appreciation.

Oxford University has made theses podcasts available on an on an open education basis and under a Creative Commons licence. Visit the following page to see a list of the lectures recorded and listen to them: http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/series/british-world-war-one-poetry-introduction . Under the terms of the CC licence the recordings should not be republished commercially.

Mary Borden Poems of Love and War edited by Paul O’Prey (Dare-Gale Press)Borden foto 4x3

Suffragette, socialite, novelist, nurse, Mary Borden wrote some of the most remarkable poems of the First World War. Still in her twenties, she used her own money to set up and run a field hospital for French soldiers at the Somme, situated ‘as close to the fighting as possible’. Her poems are spontaneous, passionate reactions to what she saw and did. Although married with three children, she fell in love with a young British officer she met at the Front. The poems she wrote to him while they were both at the war have an immediate and reckless intensity.

Mary Borden is featured in several major anthologies of First World War poetry, but this is the first full book of her poems to be published, 100 years after they were written. Many of these poems are published in book form for the first time, including the love poems.

Borden’s memoir, The Forbidden Zone (1929) is one of the most compelling accounts of Front Line service in the war.

The book was launched at the Wimbledon Book Festival on 11 October 2015, by Shirley Williams and Paul O’Prey.

Borden front cover for NIELSEN

Download the PDF here

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