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The festival in commemoration of Wilfred Owen and of the armistice will run from September 15th to November 17th. Below you will find all events that will be held during this period. If you wish to navigate between months then please follow the link at the top of the calendar. For more information about a particular event please click on the event to view a detailed information page.

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War, Women & Poetry

November 10th @ 11:00 am - 4:30 pm


In support of the Homefront Heroines exhibition to be held at the Qube from 1st November to the 16th November. Jan Wilkins is leading a day of talks, readings and poetry, honouring the role of women during the Great War, which saw them play many important roles, at both the front and at home and of women who wrote poetry at this time.

The A3 exhibition plates displayed are work by Lucy London, historian and researcher and feature both inspirational women and female poets of WW1.






For our poetry day, we are delighted to be joined by Dr. Gladys Mary Coles & Margaret Holbrook as our main guests.

Dr Gladys Mary will be giving a talk on novelist and poet Mary Webb (1881-1927) born in Shropshire and known as the Shropshire Novelist.  Dr Gladys Mary is a highly experienced teacher of imaginative writing, leading courses for the Arvon Foundation and the Taliesin Trust, and currently tutoring at both universities in Liverpool. Her work on Mary Webb has led to various publications, including two biographies, and she is President of the Mary Webb Society.

Margaret grew up in Cheshire where she still lives. Margaret’s poems and short stories have been published in several anthologies and magazines including most recently: Schooldays, Best of British, Patches of Light, Torrid Literature Journal, The Foxglove Journal, The Wilfred Owen Association Journal.
Margaret also writes plays. Her monologue ‘Our Brian’ was longlisted for BBC Radio 4’s ‘Opening Lines’.
In 2017 her play ‘Ruthless’ was longlisted for the Top Five Competition at Bolton’s Octagon Theatre.

Margaret is a member of the Society of Authors.

Other guest poets and readers are; Helen Kay, Liz Mills, David Subacchi, members of Words’n’pics Open Writers and representatives from Oswestry Library & The Qube.
John Mills will be– speaking from the perspective of soldiers in relation to women of WW1.
Mary Rolton will be playing the flute with especially composed music for this event.

Refreshments will be available.


November 10th
11:00 am - 4:30 pm
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