Local literary festival presents a series of commemorative events throughout November

In association wth the Imperial War Museum, Shrewsbury Bookfest is presenting a series of talks commemorating World War One throughout the month of November. 

George Butterworth Thursday 3rd November at 2pm
George Butterworth belonged to a generation of composers who took their inspiration from rural England. He died at the Battle of the Somme - surely the most significant loss to English music. With Ted Maidment

Thomas Hardy Friday 4th November at 2pm
The First World War was fought by civilians and the poets had to find the right language to express their inner feelings. With Richard Field

Ralph Vaughan Williams Thursday 10th November at 2pm
A huge influence on 20th century English music, Vaughan Williams served in Flanders and was deeply affected by the loss of friends such as Butterworth. With Ted Maidment

Rupert Brooke Thursday 17th November at 2pm
The many thousands who joined up to fight in WW1 were bound to include men with a literary turn of mind who could write about their experiences or vividly imagine them. With Richard Field

Ivor Gurney Thursday 24th November at 2pm
Ivor Gurney considered himself a composer first and a poet second, writing poems and composing songs at The Front, presumably whilst sitting on a sandbag in a trench. With Ted Maidment

Wilfred Owen Friday 25th November at 2pm
Wilfred Owen’s death came pitifully close to the Armistice, which was greeted with excitement in the streets but not in poetry. With Richard Field 

All these talks will take place at the University Centre Shrewsbury, The Guildhall, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury SY3 8HB

Tickets: £12 (students £5)

*Online: www.ticketsource.co.uk/shrewsbury-bookfest  *By phone: Caroline Thewles on 01743 353424 *In Person: Pengwern Books, Fish Street, Shrewsbury 

 

 

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