World War One talk: Wilfred Owen - A life in words and pictures

Date and time: 
Sunday, 25 January 2015 - 2:30pm
Free! Donations to Ordsall Hall are welcome
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Wilfred OwenLearn about the life and poems of this famous First World War poet.

Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) was one of the most important poets of World War One and scholars believe that had he lived he would have been one of the most significant poets of the twentieth century.

Born in Oswestry he spent his childhood and youth in Birkenhead and Shrewbury and taught English with the Berlitz Language School in France just before the outbreak of World War One. He volunteered in the army in 1915, finally joining the Manchester Regiment, and was invalided home with shell-shock in 1917.

He was sent to Craiglockhart War Hospital in Edinburgh where he met fellow poet Siegfried Sassoon who helped him with his writing. Having returned to the Front and won the Military Cross for bravery he was killed aged 25 while facing heavy German machine gun fire when trying to cross the Sambre Canal with his men. His death occurred on 4 November 1918, one week before the end of the war.

This talk will look at Wilfred Owen's extraordinary life and his most important poems. 

This talk is also being held on Monday 10 November at Salford Museum and Art Gallery, 2.00pm.

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Want to know more about World War One?

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World War One programme

All talk, /tours and events are held at Salford Museum and Art Gallery unless otherwise stated.

Title Type Date/Time
Creative Sundays Event 23 and 30 November
Conscientious Objectors Talk Monday 26 January 2015, 2.00pm
Visiting the battlefields of the Great War Talk Wednesday 11 February 2015, 6.00pm
February half term activity Event Saturday 14 to Sunday 22 February 2015 (except Monday 16 February)
Art and Symbolism in World War One Talk Sunday 1 March 2015, 2.30pm (Ordsall Hall)