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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“The Day Destroyed”, an anthology of poems which was compiled from the 2014 WOA Poetry Competition, was published.
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.
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.
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.
Winners of the Wilfred Owen Association Poetry Competition announced
Pat Winslow for "Stroyka 501"
Young person’s prize
Both poems are published here.
Two 2018 events announced:
WILFRED OWEN AND BEYOND - Conference at Girton College, Cambridge
Friday 26 October – Sunday 28 October 2018
WILFRED OWEN: FROM THE SOMME TO ORS - a battlefield tour
2 – 5 November 2018
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.
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
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.
International Poetry Competition in commemoration of Wilfred Owen
COMPETITION NOW CLOSED