Remembering Shropshire war poet Wilfred Owen 100 years on
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4 November 2018 marks the centenary of the day that Shropshire poet and soldier Wilfred Owen fell in battle, just a week before the First World War armistice was declared. This important anniversary will be marked in his home county of Shropshire by a series of events (our brochure gives details on each) running from Saturday 4 August to the centenary of the armistice on Sunday 11 November, marking the final 100 days of his life, 100 years on.
With a focus on Shrewsbury and Oswestry, Shropshire’s Wilfred Owen 100 will remember him with poetry readings, an open art competition, a film festival, music, talks, new artworks, themed guided walks and much more. Events will reflect the emotion, exhibitions, installations and projects from the 2014 – 2018 commemorative period, and celebrate one of Shropshire’s most renowned sons.
The Life and Times of Wilfred Owen display will be in the shut at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery from Saturday 4 August until Sunday 11 November.
Wilfred Owen was born in 1893 at Plas Wilmot near Oswestry and lived in Birkenhead and Shrewsbury, where his mother received news of his death as the bells were ringing out on Armistice Day. He served as a lieutenant in the 2nd Manchester Regiment, winning the Military Cross for bravery in action. His poetry is now widely regarded as among the best to be inspired by the horrors of the Great War. Today two volumes of his hand-written verse are to be found in the vaults of the British Library, alongside the greatest writers in the English language, such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Jane Austen and Lennon and McCartney.
Led by Shropshire Council, Shropshire communities have been working in partnership over the last three years to deliver an extensive and ambitious programme of heritage and arts activities to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council, England.