British academy


The Past Hovering: An Evening of War Poetry

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 will feature 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.


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

Due to unavoidable circumstances, Professor Jon Stallworthy FBA is no longer able to take part in this event.

Picture Credit: William Orpen, Zonnebeke

The event is organised in conjunction with the British Academy conference First World War: Literature, Culture, Modernity.

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