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Wednesday, 12 November 2003, 12:00AM
Barnard's Inn Hall

The Life and Times of Wilfred Owen

Peter Bunyan, Chris Cuff

The Great War' shaped the 20th century, led directly to the Second World War, and continues to fascinate and intrigue successive generations.
But why did so much poetry derive from it, unlike successive conflicts? This talk, aimed at students of English literature in Sixth Forms, as well as the general public, will attempt to address this question, focussing on major writers such as Owen, Sassoon and Brookes as well as less well known, but significant, figures such as Ivor Gurney, Charles Sorley and Hulian Grenfell, placing them in their social and economic, as well as historical, contexts.

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After retiring from teaching, Peter has been able to develop his interest in First World War studies and the war poets in particular. For some years he has enjoyed guiding groups of young people on the Western Front, exploring the literary, social and political history of the period.

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Chris Cuff took early retirement from a career as a Head teacher and now divides his time between teaching, writing and battlefield guiding.

Chris has a longstanding interest in World War I and, in particular, its poets.

He has a deep knowledge of many of the places associated with them during the War.

He is currently working on a book relating to the poets and their works.

He lectures to groups (adult and student) on many subjects relating to the Great War and leads many of Anglia Battlefield Tours ‘Trail of the War Poets’ visits.

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12 November 2003

The Life and Times of Wilfred Owen
Peter Bunyan
Chris Cuff

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