Monday, 20 September 2021

Village to celebrate war poet

A TRAIL inspired by the work of war poet Wilfred Owen will be launched on Sunday

A TRAIL inspired by the work of war poet Wilfred Owen will be launched on Sunday in a village where he once lived.

The Dunsden Owen Association is also launching a smartphone app.

Owen was lay assistant at All Saints’ Church in Dunsden from 1911 to 1913. He died in action in Ors on November 4, 1918, a few days before the official end of the war.

The interactive app uses stories and recorded extracts of Wilfred’s letters to engage visitors on a fascinating walk through some of the areas where he lived and worked.

Students at Reading University provided design work for the app, which was developed by Jennifer Leach of Outrider Anthems, who co-chairs the association.



The festivities will begin on Dunsden Green at noon. There will be dancing around a maypole, folk music and games.

Award-winning poet Martin Malone will officially open the trail at 2pm with a talk and readings. A commemorative blue plaque will be unveiled at the village hall.

There will also be face painting, bring-your-own picnics, fancy dress, tea and cake and other activities. The festival is free and open to all.

The trail can be followed on foot, by bike or car but visitors are encouraged to download the app beforehand from www.owenindunsden.org



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