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University of Oxford Faculty of English

"British" World War One Poetry (Spring School)

3 April 2014 - 5 April 2014

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NEWS: We are delighted to announce that booking for this event has now been extended until 1st April 2014. Booking for dinner closes on 26th March 2014. We are also very pleased to announce that we are now offering a day rate. Please see full details below. 


Ticket Prices

There are a number of different ticket options, as shown below. There will also be an optional dinner banquet on the Friday evening at Wadham College for a supplementary charge of £40.  College dinner places are limited to 50 tickets, so book early to avoid disappointment.   Please note the ticket price does not include accommodation.

Option 1: £180 full rate
Option 2: £180 full rate plus £40 dinner = £220

Option 3: £150 student and senior rate
Option 4: £150 student and senior rate plus £40 dinner = £190
Option 5: £60 school student rate (and free ticket for teacher accompanying students)
Option 6: £75 Thursday or Friday one day only standard rate
Option 7: £62.50 Thursday or Friday one day only student and senior rate
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Option 8: £30 Saturday only standard rate (email English Faculty to arrange)
Option 9: £25 Saturday only student and senior rate (email English Faculty to arrange)
Note: If you would like to attend the dinner on Friday, but do not have the three-day ticket, please email the English Faculty

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Venue: St Cross Building, Manor Road. For directions please click here.


9:30 a.m.                     Registration, tea and coffee

10:00 a.m.                   Welcome: Dr Stuart Lee

10:10 a.m.                   War Poetry – Dr Mark Rawlinson

11:10 – 11:30 a.m.      Tea and coffee

11:30 a.m.                   The Early Poets – Dr Alisa Miller

12:30 p.m.                   New Perspectives 1: Georgians and Others – Dr Stuart Lee

12:45 – 1:45 p.m.        Lunch (St Cross Building)

1:45 p.m.                     New Perspectives 2: Poetry vs. History – Dr Stuart Lee

2:00 p.m.                     Women Poets – Dr Jane Potter

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.          Tea and coffee

3:30 p.m.                     ‘On your lips my life is hung’: Robert Graves and War – Dr Charles Mundye

4:30 p.m.                     New Perspective 3: Popular Poetry – Dr Stuart Lee

4:45 p.m.                     Close



9:00 a.m.                     Tea and coffee

9:30 a.m.                     Edward Thomas: Edwardian War Poet – Dr Guy Cuthbertson

10:30 a.m.                   New Perspectives 4: Manuscripts – Dr Stuart Lee

10:45 – 11:15 a.m.      Tea and coffee

11:15 a.m.                   Ivor Gurney – Dr Philip Lancaster

12:15 p.m.                   Isaac Rosenberg: ‘Fierce Imaginings’ – the Private and the Poet – Ms Jean Liddiard

1:15 – 2:00 p.m.          Lunch (St Cross Building)

2:00 p.m.                     Wilfred Owen – Professor Jon Stallworthy

3:00 p.m.                     New Perspectives 5: David Jones – Dr Stuart Lee

3:15 – 3:45 p.m.          Tea and coffee

3:45 p.m.                     ‘Earth Voices Whispering’: Reading Ireland’s Poetry of WWI: An Introduction – Professor Gerald Dawe

4:45 p.m.                     Close

6:45 p.m.                     Optional banquet at Wadham College



9:00 a.m.                     Siegfried Sassoon – Ms Meg Crane

10:00 a.m.                   Poetry of the Empire – Dr Simon Featherstone

11:00-11:30 a.m.         Tea and coffee

11:30 a.m.                   Impact of the 1914 – 1918 Poets – Mr Adrian Barlow

12:30 p.m.                   Edmund Blunden – Ms Margi Blunden, daughter of Edmund Blunden

1:30 p.m.                     Conference Close



Image of Wilfred Owen

The poetry of the First World War is some of the most important and influential work of the twentieth century shaping our attitudes to war, and still having enormous cultural resonances as witnessed by the national debate surrounding the commemoration of 1914 one hundred years on.

However the poetry also brings into question so many 'truths' that it is appropriate that in 2014 we revisit this important body of work in


a new light. Whilst poets like Sassoon, Owen, Graves, Rosenberg, and Gurney warrant detailed focus, alongside this 'canon' we should also turn attention to the women poets from the period, as well as Irish and "Empire" poets - questioning the notion of a corpus of purely British literature from 1914-18.

This is the second spring school run by Oxford University's English Faculty. The School is open to (and aimed at) members of the public, and  particularly at those who have read some WW1 poetry but are now seeking a deeper critical appreciation.  It will bring together world-leading experts in the topic, each invited to give an introductory lecture guiding the attendees to further avenues of study. Speakers will be encouraged to put together reading lists and follow-up exercises for students to do after each lecture on their own.


Speakers confirmed so far include: Adrian Barlow, Margi Blunden, Meg Crane, Guy Cuthbertson, Gerald Dawe, Simon Featherstone, Philip Lancaster, Stuart Lee, Jean Liddiard, Alisa Miller, Charles Mundye, Jane Potter, Mark Rawlinson, Jon Stallworthy.

Further details to follow but for all queries contact: please include in the subject line 'WW1 Poetry Spring School'.

First World War Poetry Digital Archive Podcasts

To give a taste of the Spring School, please find below the link to the collection of interviews, talks and poetry tours recorded by the First World War Poetry Digital Archive:


This School will be an excellent preparation for those who are considering attending the English Association's Conference on the War Poets later in 2014 -