British Poetry of the First World War

3 June 2013

An International Centenary Conference

Wadham College, Oxford
5 -7 September 2014

Invitation to War Poets’ societies and associations

To mark the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War, the English Association will be hosting a major international conference, British Poetry of the First World War, in Oxford in September 2014.

The conference Patron is Professor Jon Stallworthy (Oxford). The Convenor is Professor Tim Kendall (Exeter). Keynote speakers will include Professor Edna Longley (Queen’s, Belfast) and Professor Jay Winter (Yale). Events will include lectures, readings, a Song Recital presented by the composer Ian Venables, exhibitions, a book launch and Conference Dinner.

The English Association warmly invites all societies, associations and fellowships concerned with poetry and poets of the Great War to participate in this conference, both by proposing panels and speakers and by having stands to promote their activities and publications. Providing a forum for these groups, who do so much to sustain interest in war poetry and to further understanding of its contexts, is a key aim of the conference.

Proposals for papers (20 minutes) to be presented at panel sessions are warmly invited. Please send a 250-word abstract and a mini-biography (50-100 words) by Wednesday 31 July 2013 to the Conference Secretary, Julia Hughes ([email protected]). Notification of acceptance of proposals will be communicated before the end of September 2013.

Suggested topics for panel discussions include the following:
· afterlives - canonising the dead poets;
· aftermaths - survivors of the War;
· anthologising war poetry / broadening the canon;
· close readings and re-readings;
· visions and re-visions: good literature but bad history?
· individual poets / groups of poets; lives of the war poets;
· non-combatant poets;
· teaching and learning war poetry in schools and HE;
· wartime and after - poetry and the reading public.

Individuals or groups are welcome to propose additional or alternative topics. The programme committee, which will determine the final selection of panels and speakers, consists of Professor Tim Kendall, Dr Kate McLoughlin (Birkbeck College, London), Dr. Kate Lindsay (Oxford First World War Poetry Digital Archive) and Adrian Barlow (EA Chair).

Booking for the conference opens on Wednesday 15th May 2013. For further details and latest Conference news visit the English Association website:

For enquiries about societies’ and associations’ promotional opportunities at the Conference please email or phone the Conference Secretary, Julia Hughes, at the English Association office:
Phone: 0116 229 7622 
email: [email protected]

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