The programme for the British Poetry of the First World War conference at Oxford (September 5 to 7) is now online:
It looks a very good line-up indeed, and I’ve already noted several speakers that I very much want to hear. These include Elizabeth Vandiver, author of the brilliant Stand in the Trench, Achilles, and Merryn Williams, whose Georgian anthology does such a good job of putting the war poets into a literary context and tradition. And plenty more.
My own paper will be on how war poets were represented in fiction of the 1920s (usually very unflatteringly). It’s in a panel nearly at the end of the third day of the conference, so I may well be addressing a roomful of glazed eyes, to the accompaniment of groans from those suffering conference overload. Never mind – I’m delighted to be sharing the session with Nicholas Murray, the very good poet, critic and bibliophilic blogger. He’s bound to be good.