Oxford Conference

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.




  1. janevsw
    Posted February 6, 2014 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    That does look very tempting. I could use a good excuse to get back to Oxford for a weekend!

  2. Roger
    Posted February 9, 2014 at 12:13 am | Permalink

    “My own paper will be on how war poets were represented in fiction of the 1920s (usually very unflatteringly).”

    How far does that reflect how poets in general were depicted in fiction of the 1920s?

    • Posted February 9, 2014 at 8:41 am | Permalink

      Poets and resentful ex-soldiers were both potentially disturbing presences in civilian society. When the two were combined in one person – as in Galsworthy’s Wilfred Desert – they could be very troubling indeed.

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