Voices from the War

07th May 2015 19:00
The Riverside Room, Old Town Hall
Whittaker Ave, Richmond, TW9 1TP
Poet in the City, in partnership with the Museum of Richmond, presents an event commemorating the poetic voices of the First World War.

Using poetry as our guide, we explore the human experience of war; from the poets who have become beacons of truth in a complex and harrowing time, to the lesser known but fascinating experiences of women documented through their own poetry and prose.

Poet, and former poet in residence at the Imperial War Museum, Mario Petrucci is joined by writer and academic Anne Varty, with live readings from actor Christopher Naylor, in an event which brings together the local and national resonances of a worldwide conflict.

In the darkest moments of history, it is often through poetry that we see the human spirit endure.

This event is part of: 1914-1918 Richmond at Home and at War: Local stories and their International Links

Mario Petrucci was the first poet to be resident with BBC Radio 3 and at the Imperial War Museum. His award-winning collections include Shrapnel and Sheets (1996), Flowers of Sulphur (2007) and i tulips (2010). Heavy Water (2004) secured the Daily Telegraph/ Arvon Prize and his Olympics poetry commission, Tales from the Bridge, was shortlisted for the 2012 Ted Hughes Award.

Anne Varty is Reader and former Head of the English Department at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her research is in Victorian and contemporary British literature and theatre, often focussing on women writers. She has recently edited The Edinburgh Companion to Liz Lochhead (2013), and has published on fin-de-siècle women’s journalism, including the female voices of WW1.

Christopher Naylor trained at LAMDA and has worked extensively in theatre, TV and radio. His recent theatre work includes 'Private Lives' (UK Tour), 'The Woman In Black' (West End) and the 'Middlemarch' trilogy at the Orange Tree Theatre.
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