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The Past Hovering: An Evening of War Poetry

Poetry reading, held on 12 November 2014 (venue: The British Academy).

The evening featured readings by three distinguished poets – Michael Longley and Andrew Motion – who over many years and in different forms have deeply engaged with the First World War and its poetry. The readings will feature poems from the time and their own works, including Longley’s The Stairwell and Stallworthy’s War Poet which are to appear in 2014. In course of the evening, Sir Andrew Motion also received this year’s Wilfred Owen Prize and discuss his relationship to Owen.

Michael Longley, poet, was the winner of the 2003 Wilfred Owen Poetry Award.
Sir Andrew Motion, poet & novelist, was Poet Laureate from 1999 to 2009.
Angela Leighton FBA, poet, critic and academic.

Chaired by Dr Santanu Das.

The event was organised in conjunction with the British Academy conference First World War: Literature, Culture, Modernity.

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