The life of war poet revisited

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PRIZE-WINNING writer Dr Roger Kendall is to present a talk in New Mills on one of the leading poets of the First World War.

Entitled “Wilfred Owen and the Ripon Connection”, the talk will outline the months Owen spent recuperating from shell shock at Ripon Military Camp, and the poignant poetry he wrote and revised there before being sent back to The Front in autumn 1918. He was killed two weeks before the Armistice.

The talk will take place on Thursday February 16, 7.30pm, in The Library Lecture Room on Hall Street, New Mills. It is presented by The Friends of Spring Bank Arts, formerly The Friends of St James’.

A writer and retired English lecturer, Dr Kendall has lived for many years in Ripon and has explored the extent of the First World War Military Camp that sprawled around the city; he regularly walks the paths that are the only remaining clues to the vast military establishment, accompanied by his border collie, Misty. He has an excellent set of photographs to illustrate the talk, as well as including moving readings from Owen’s finest poems that were written or revised during his Ripon posting.

Tickets, priced £7 (£5.50 concessions), can be obtained from New Mills Original on 07747 523 311 or the ticket hotline on 01663 746074. A 50p discount is available for current 2012 Friends of Spring Bank Arts.