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Wilfred Owen: Poetry and Peace

Gillian Clarke, Sabrina Mahfouz and Michael Symmons Roberts respond to Wilfred Owen with their own new commissions from the Royal Society of Literature. Shahidha Bari hosts.

Gillian Clarke, Sabrina Mahfouz and Michael Symmons Roberts respond to the war poet Wilfred Owen with their own new commissions from the Royal Society of Literature. Shahidha Bari hosts a discussion recorded with an audience at the British Library on the 100th anniversary of Owen's death during the crossing of the Sambre–Oise Canal on 4 November 1918, exactly 7 days (almost to the hour) before the signing of the Armistice which ended World War I.

Born in Cardiff, Gillian Clarke’s work has been on the GCSE and A Level exam syllabus for the past thirty years. She was the first woman to win the Wilfred Owen Award – for a sustained body of work that includes memorable war poems – in 2012.
Sabrina Mahfouz was brought up in London and Cairo, and is a playwright, poet, novelist and editor. She was elected an RSL Fellow in 2018.
Poet and Professor of Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University, Michael Symmons Roberts grew up less than a mile from Greenham Common and has often written about the Cold War ‘peace’.

Producer: Fiona McLean

(Main Image: L-R Sabrina Mahfouz, Gillian Clarke, Michael Symmons Roberts and Shahidha Bari. Photographer Credit: Adrian Pope)

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