As a new production of a play about the Scottish war poet Charles Hamilton Sorley is staged, our latest blog takes a look at it and Neu! Reekie’s involvement.
Today, the Scottish Poetry Library, in partnership with City of Edinburgh Council, Edinburgh Napier University, University of Aberdeen and Dignity Funerals, launches an online poll (click here to take part) to find a quote to be inscribed on a monument remembering Scotland’s war poets. Over the next fortnight, we’ll be asking Scots to read and […]
A century ago, the war poet Wilfred Owen spent summer and autumn in Edinburgh, recovering from shellshock. Owen’s stay in Edinburgh in 1917 proved to be a turning point in the history of English literature, for it’s here that he met fellow poet Siegfried Sassoon. Their subsequent friendship was to prove as important as Wordsworth and Coleridge’s, for what the Romantics did for nature, Owen and Sassoon did for war.
During the First World War, the Admiralty in Britain tried a remarkable experiment with a form of camouflage that made ships more, not less, visible. These ‘dazzle ships’ were decorated with extraordinary patterns and colours, no two the same, in order to confuse the enemy, making it difficult to estimate a target’s range and speed.
29. "Tommy" at home in German dug-outs (1914-1918) by pellethepoet, under a Creative Commons licence
Reeve 039799 by Otis Historical Archives National Museum of Health, under a Creative Commons licence
Image: Morven Gregor
Thinking of myself as a phoenix,
cling on until now.
But how painful they have been,
those twenty-four years past.
Those words were written by Tsutomu Yamaguchi, often described as the luckiest – sometimes as the unluckiest – man of all time. He was the only person officially recognised as a survivor of both the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, both of which mark their 70th anniversary this week.