Wilfred Owen centenary
Following a successful launch at Shrewsbury Abbey on Saturday 4th August, the programme of events commemorating the centenary of Wilfred Owen’s death in 1918 is well and truly underway.
The Abbey event saw almost 140 guests listen to speeches by the Mayor of Shrewsbury, Cllr Peter Nutting; the Mayor of Ors (the town in France where Owen died and is buried), M Jacky Duminy; and Helen McPhail of the Owen Association. Helen’s new book “Wilfred Owen’s Shrewsbury” was also launched during the event.
Amidst tributes to Owen, flowers were laid at Symmetry, Owen’s memorial in the Abbey grounds, and tributes were paid also to Peter Owen (Wilfred’s nephew) who had suddenly died days before he was due to attend the event.
Owen’s work was of course a feature of the evening, with some of his poems read in both French and English, and 14 of his poems on display next to artworks by Denis May which had been inspired by Owen’s words.