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The poetry of Wilfred Owen has a place at the centre of British life and culture. His words are studied in schools, read aloud Armistice Day, and have long been adopted by anti-war campaigners. But how much do films and books teach us about the ‘real’ Owen?
John Oxley and Paul Elsam unpick the story of a private young man, drawn from a lower-class northern background, who found his voice during a wild winter on the Yorkshire coast.
John Oxley is City Archaeologist for York. He has worked with archaeologists in Russia and has lectured widely both in this country and abroad. He is also a photographer and presenter/filmmaker. Living in Scarborough since 2005, he has brought his archaeological skills to research and analyse Owen’s life in Scarborough.
Dr. Paul Elsam is a lecturer, actor, theatre director and author of two books published by Bloomsbury. He currently teaches at Teesside University and at ALRA conservatoire drama school, and has taught and presented research in the USA and at Paris Sorbonne Université. Like Owen he was partly raised on the Wirral. Paul has lived in Scarborough for some two decades.
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