A Century of War Poetry with Owen Sheers
When: Fri 10 Oct 2014, 18.30-20.00
Where: Conference Centre, British Library
Price: £8, (£6 Over 60s) and £5
Poet and writer Owen Sheers introduces an evening of readings, from the First World War poetry of Ivor Gurney and Isaac Rosenberg to Owen’s own recent verse drama Pink Mist about soldiers serving in Afghanistan and the families who are left behind. With special guests poets Andrew Motion and Sabrina Mahfouz, and using original recordings, Owen explores an alternative canon of war poetry.
- Owen Sheers has published two poetry collections, The Blue Book and Skirrid Hill which won a Somerset Maugham Award. His debut prose work The Dust Diaries, a non-fiction narrative set in Zimbabwe won the Welsh Book of the Year 2005. Owen’s first novel, Resistance has been translated into ten languages. Owen co-wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation, released in the UK in 2011. He was the Welsh Rugby Union Artist in Residence in 2012. Owen also presents arts and literature programmes across television and Radio. In 2009 he wrote and presented A Poet’s Guide to Britain, a 6 part series for BBC 4 about poetry and landscape and Pink Mist was commissioned and broadcasted by Radio 4.
- Sabrina Mahfouz writes plays, poems, films, articles and stories. She produces workshops, theatre and events with the aims of making the arts more accessible for all and creating awareness of social issues through creative engagement. Her creative work has been recognized with a number of awards. Most recently, these include receiving the 2013 Sky Arts Futures Fund Award; an Old Vic New Voices Underbelly Edinburgh Award; a UK Young Artists Award; The Stage Award for Best Solo Performance; an Old Vic New Voices TS Eliot Award and a Westminster Prize for New Playwrights. Her first book, The Clean Collection, is available from Bloomsbury.
- Andrew Motion was Poet Laureate from 1999 to 2009; he is Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway College, University of London, and co-founder of the online Poetry Archive. He has received numerous awards for his poetry, and has published four celebrated biographies. His group study The Lamberts won the Somerset Maugham Award and his authorised life of Philip Larkin won the Whitbread Prize for Biography. His collection of poems, The Cinder Path, was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. Andrew Motion was knighted for his services to poetry in 2009.