Two new blogs:

Nick Milne’s very promising new blog is called Wellington House, since his current research is on the writers recruited by that Buckingham Gate organisation to write pieces that could be used for propaganda purposes. The blog ranges wider than that, though.

The Siegfried Sassoon Fellowship blog is run by Deb Fisher, who edits Siegfried’s Journal, the SSF quarterly publication. The blog contains various SS and War jottings. Today it reminded me about the big Oxford War Poetry conference in September 1914,  for which registration is now already open.

Update: That should of course, as Janesvw points out in the comments thread below, read September 2014. But I’m so used to typing 1914…


Two useful sites:

Centenary News is mostly about the events arranged for the big four-year birthday party that begins in 2014, but its video section lets you see   and hear some very good talks. Try Hew Strachan’s views on how and why the War ought to be commemorated, for example.

There are more videos (and audios) on the University of Oxford First World War: New Perspectives site. I warmly recommend, of course, the talk on WW1 popular fiction by Jane Potter (my Ph. D. supervisor). Take a look, too, at Edward Madigan’s talk on combatant courage.


  1. janevsw
    Posted April 22, 2013 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    Um – Oxford War Poetry Conference in September 2014, surely?

    Looks good!

  2. Posted April 22, 2013 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the link, George. I’m looking forward to getting more involved with the WWI blagasphere, and will have much more to say about all sorts of things.

  3. frogprof12
    Posted April 25, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much for the news about the English Association’s conference next year … I am “ABD” [all but dissertation] on my PhD in French Lit, and the last [and only] conference I’ve been to was the “Mars in Ascendance” at Northampton in 2001. (I was — WAS — writing on “The Voice of the Dead Soldier in French and British Poetry of the Great War” but ran out of funding and time at the U. of Texas. *sigh*) I haven’t been back to England since then and it’s long past time … and this will give me a GREAT reason to go!

    • frogprof12
      Posted April 25, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

      That should be “Mars in Ascendant,” of course. Duh.

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