Sunday 13th October 3pmEdinburgh Napier Craiglockhart Campus
“The Day of Victory:The War Poets and the Armistice of 1918”Dr Guy Cuthbertson
Guy Cuthbertson will discuss what has often been seen as one of the most important days in history, 11 November 1918, the day of the Armistice at the end of the First World War. In Britain, we associate 11 November with silence, formality and remembrance now, but 11 November 1918 was a day of joy and relief, and chaos and wildness. The talk will follow the day from midnight to midnight, looking at how the news was disseminated and celebrated in Britain (including Edinburgh). The talk will look at how crowds in the streets responded to the news, but it will also focus on how poets responded, including Robert Graves and Siegfried Sassoon, who were both rather horrified by the celebrations. Their friend Wilfred Owen did not live to experience the celebrations though, having died a week earlier - 11 November was the day when the news arrived at his parents’ home in Shrewsbury.Guy Cuthbertson is Head of the School of Humanities at Liverpool Hope University, and the author of Wilfred Owen and Peace at Last: A Portrait of Armistice Day, 11 November 1918. As an expert on the First World War, he has made a number of appearances on television and radio, including BBC One’s Remembrance Sunday programme at the Cenotaph last year, and he has written for a number of magazines and journals. He is a General Editor of Edward Thomas’s prose for Oxford University Press. In 2018 he was the British Academy’s Chatterton Lecturer on Poetry.