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The Past Hovering: An Evening of War Poetry

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Published on Nov 16, 2014

Wednesday 12 November 2014, 6-7.30pm
The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH

Chaired by Dr Santanu Das

The evening featured readings by three distinguished poets – Michael Longley and Andrew Motion – who over many years and in different forms have deeply engaged with the First World War and its poetry. The readings will feature poems from the time and their own works, including Longley’s The Stairwell and Stallworthy’s War Poet which are to appear in 2014. In course of the evening, Sir Andrew Motion will also receive this year’s Wilfred Owen Prize and discuss his relationship to Owen.

Speakers:

Michael Longley, poet, was the winner of the 2003 Wilfred Owen Poetry Award.
Sir Andrew Motion, poet & novelist, was Poet Laureate from 1999 to 2009.
Angela Leighton FBA, poet, critic and academic.

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