The Wilfred Owen Lectures with Gladys Mary Coles & Helen Mc Phail
November 9th @ 7:00 pm£7.50
An evening with lectures from two of the most acclaimed Wilfred Owen enthusiasts.
There will also be a question and answer section, music and light refreshments will be available
Gladys Mary Coles
In 1916, William Manderson, a young poet and infantryman, leaves Liverpool for the Western Front where his older brother is already serving. During the build-up to the great offensive on the Somme, William keeps a journal, sends intimate letters to Jack’s wife Elizabeth and writes poetry reflecting his experiences. He longs for news of close friend and fellow soldier, Matthew Riley, a composer and pianist. Gladys will speak about the influence of Wilfred Owen on the novel Clay,and drawing on his letters as well as his poetry.
Helen Mc Phail
Helen will be talking about her short illustrated book on Wilfred Owen’s years of growing up in Shrewsbury which is currently in preparation and will be launched in August 2018. Wilfred Owen’s Shrewsbury is written by Helen McPhail, a past chair of The Wilfred Association who has studied his life and writing for many years and has fostered connections with the village where he is buried, in Northern France. Her book will give an idea of what life was like in the early 1900s for the Owens in Shrewsbury when the town was much smaller than now. The teenage Wilfred was a student at the borough Technical School, working hard to achieve his literary ambitions. The book also outlines the family background years, and his life teaching in France and then in the First World War, with the gradual development of his reputation until he is now perhaps the best-known of the English ‘soldier poets’ of 1914-18.