Merseyside at War 1914-1918 Project – Poetry Readings

Merseyside at War 1914-18 – The War Poetry of the ‘Great War’

On 30th November 2013 a poetry event was held in the Stanton Fuller Lecture Theatre, LJMU Avril Robarts Library, Tithebarn Street, Liverpool. Introduced by Lord David Alton, Director of LJMU Foundation for Citizenship.

Followed by an introduction to the Merseyside at War project by Professor Frank McDonough. At 11am a two minutes’ silence was held, followed by readings from War Poetry of the ‘Great War’.

The readings can be played and downloaded below. To download, right-click on the title of the reading and select ‘Save Target As…’

Anthem for Doomed Youth – Wilfred Owen

Read by Professor the Lord Alton of Liverpool

Dulce et Decorum est – Wilfred Owen

Read by Pete Wylie

Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight – Vachel Lindsay

Read by Dr Edward Harcourt

I Have a Rendezvous with Death – Alan Seeger

Read by Dr Edward Harcourt

The Breasts of Tiresias (prologue excerpt) – Guillaume Apollinaire

Read by Nick Birkinshaw

Aftermath – Siegfried Sassoon

Read by Dr Sonny Kandola

An Irish Airman Forsees His Death – WB Yeats

Read by Dr Gerry Smyth

Dreamers – Siegfried Sassoon

Read by Professor Joe Moran

I Looked Up From My Writing – Thomas Hardy

Read by Professor Joe Moran

The Soldiers’ Cairn – Mary Symon

Read by Professor Glenda Norquay

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