PEACE POETRY BREAKFAST AND READINGS by FIONA SAMPSON
Wilfred Owen died exactly a week before the end of the First World War. His poems documented the horrors of war, and he never lived to see the end of that bloody, muddy conflict or the arrival of peace to Europe. But what if, instead of a war poet, we remembered Wilfred Owen as a poet writing for peace? The Royal Society of Literature has invited some of its poet Fellows to write their own peace poems to mark the centenary of Wilfred Owen’s death. In these, they consider whether poetry can ever bring about peace.
This event sees the launch of the RSL’s Peace Poetry pamphlet, with RSL Fellow Fiona Sampson reading her newly commissioned poem, as well as poems by Wilfred Owen, Ivor Gurney and other poets writing through conflicts to find a route to peace. Fiona also talks about her experience of poetry in the post-Yugoslavian conflict Balkans, in a conversation hosted by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool, Professor Dame Janet Beer.
Fiona Sampson has been published in more than thirty languages. She has twelve books in translation, and has received the Zlaten Prsten (Macedonia) and the Charles Angoff Award (US), and has been shortlisted for the Evelyn Encelot Prize for European Women Poets. Her publications include twenty-seven volumes of poetry, criticism and philosophy of language.