The First World War Centenary


2014 - 2018 marks the Centenary of the First World War.

The Wilfred Owen Association has signed up to the Imperial War Museum's First World War Centenary Partnership, a network of over 1,600 cultural and educational organisations from 27 countries around the world.  The Partnership will present a programme of events and activities in 2014-18 to commemorate the Centenary and details of events organised by the Wilfred Owen Association will appear on its website.

Keep an eye on this page, and our events and news webpages, for information about other events and projects relating to Wilfred Owen during the Centenary years, as well as links to items about Owen in the media in 2014-18.  And follow us on Twitter!

For key dates in Wilfred Owen's life during 1914-1918 see our Chronology.

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Poetry Anthology
“The Day Destroyed”, an anthology of poems which was compiled from the 2014 WOA Poetry Competition, was published.

Shrewsbury Map
A new map of Wilfred Owen’s life in Shrewsbury was launched. The art work of the map is by talented artist Richard Berridge, and meticulous text research was carried out by the late Richard Graham.


December 2014

The Christmas Truce on Christmas Eve

The Wilfred Owen Violin, made to commemorate 100 years since the start of the First World War, made its Royal Shakespeare Company debut at a special performance of Phil Porter's play The Christmas Truce.

The performance on Christmas Eve in Stratford-Upon-Avon marked exactly 100 years since soldiers along the Western Front left their trenches to meet their enemies in No Man's Land to talk, exchange gifts and play football.

Mahim listed

As part of the World War One centenary commemorations, Wilfred's former home, Mahim, Monkmoor Rd, Shrewsbury, was granted Grade II listed status by English Heritage.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport issued this statement on 29th December.

September 2014

Winners of the Wilfred Owen Association Poetry Competition announced

Adult category

  • First prize has been awarded to Alan Franks for his poem “The Manor”
  • Second prize: Pamela Trudie Hodge for "Those Green-Thumbed Boys"
  • Joint Third prize: Susan Davies for "The Mango Tree"

                          Pat Winslow for "Stroyka 501"

Click here to read all four poems.

Young person’s prize

Joint winners:

  • Conor McKee for "The Miners"
  • Peter Mumford for "Ein Unbekannter Deutscher Offizier" ​

Both poems are published here.

August 2014

Two 2018 events announced:

WILFRED OWEN AND BEYOND - Conference at Girton College, Cambridge
Friday 26 October – Sunday 28 October 2018

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WILFRED OWEN: FROM THE SOMME TO ORS - a battlefield tour

2 – 5 November 2018 

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August 4th 2014

On the evening of August 4th, our President Peter Owen, his wife Elizabeth, our Chair Meg Crane and a small number of our members attended a vigil at Westminster Abbey to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WW1. Our Treasurer, Sam Gray, was at a vigil at All Saints Church, Dunsden, where Wilfred Owen worked as a lay assistant to the vicar from October 1911 to February 1913.

July 2014

Wilfred Owen App launched

Ian Bennett, a lecturer in film and media at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, has designed and built a new iPad app which explores the works of Wilfred Owen. Forty five of the poet’s works are featured on the app. All are read by women from a wide variety of backgrounds, some with connections to the armed forces. Click here to buy the App

June 2014

Wilfred Owen Violin

For the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WW1 a violin, to be called The Wilfred Owen Violin, is being made from a branch of a sycamore growing in the grounds of Craiglockhart, Edinburgh, where, in 1917, Owen was treated for shell shock and where he met Siegfried Sassoon.  Click here for more information.

January 2014

International Poetry Competition in commemoration of Wilfred Owen

To mark the Centenary of the outbreak of WW1, The Wilfred Owen Association launched an International Poetry Competition in commemoration of Wilfred Owen (1893-1918).

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