Poems of Wilfred Owen now available on audio file

Poems of Wilfred Owen now available at the click of mouse

Poems of Wilfred Owen now available at the click of mouse

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by , Geoff Barnes

An initiative to make the works of Birkenhead First World War poet Wilfred Owen available at the touch of a button has been successfully launched.

The Department of Culture Media and Sport and the YMCA contacted the town’s Wilfred Owen Story requesting audio files of Owen’s poems for inclusion in this month’s World Poetry Day.

They have persuaded people from across the country – as well as high=profile figures such as Kate Adie and Mary Beard – to make recordings of WWI poetry.

Individuals were invited to choose poems they admired and make a recording on software that can be downloaded to a smart phone.

It is then uploaded to the official DCMS website.

The Wilfred Owen Story in Argyle Street, Birkenhead, contributed specially-recorded readings of Owen poems by Christopher Timothy, Mark Reed (son of Oliver), and Graeme Clark of pop group Wet Wet Wet.

Dean Johnson, curator, said: “Owen and the other war poets have long been the preserve of the school classroom, and sometimes this can put young people off from appreciating them.

“Young people today interact with everything via their mobile phones, and having access to the poems of The Great War at the touch of a button is a fantastic way of them reaching a new generation.”

Owen, who spent seberal years of his childhood in Birkenhead, is regarded as one of the greatest voices of the war.

He was killed in November 1918 – shortly before the end of the conflict – during a battle to cross the Sambre Oise canal at Ors in Northern France.

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11:51am Sat 22 Mar 14

Lurkinhead says...

So, just to keep track of the number of articles the Globe intend to run in 2014 featuring Dean Johnson and/or his commercial interests, this piece is the 6th I've counted so far, four penned by Globe reporter Geoff Barnes and two by reporter Craig Manning. I wonder how many there will be in the whole year?

Just for the record, here are links to the previous five:

http://www.wirralglo
be.co.uk/news/109126
51.The_World_at_War_
__Wirral_s_memories_
endure/

http://www.wirralglo
be.co.uk/news/first_
world_war_centenary/
10929591.Birkenhead_
seaman_s_incredible_
bravery_in_the_face_
of_lethal_danger/

http://www.wirralglo
be.co.uk/news/109581
91.Devastating_effec
ts_of_war_examined_i
n_new_Wilfred_Owen_m
usical/

http://www.wirralglo
be.co.uk/news/109988
02.Wirral_choreograp
her_illustrates_horr
or_of_war_in_Wilfred
_Owen_play/

http://www.wirralglo
be.co.uk/news/110498
51.Wilfred_s_shatter
ed_war_dreams/
So, just to keep track of the number of articles the Globe intend to run in 2014 featuring Dean Johnson and/or his commercial interests, this piece is the 6th I've counted so far, four penned by Globe reporter Geoff Barnes and two by reporter Craig Manning. I wonder how many there will be in the whole year? Just for the record, here are links to the previous five: http://www.wirralglo be.co.uk/news/109126 51.The_World_at_War_ __Wirral_s_memories_ endure/ http://www.wirralglo be.co.uk/news/first_ world_war_centenary/ 10929591.Birkenhead_ seaman_s_incredible_ bravery_in_the_face_ of_lethal_danger/ http://www.wirralglo be.co.uk/news/109581 91.Devastating_effec ts_of_war_examined_i n_new_Wilfred_Owen_m usical/ http://www.wirralglo be.co.uk/news/109988 02.Wirral_choreograp her_illustrates_horr or_of_war_in_Wilfred _Owen_play/ http://www.wirralglo be.co.uk/news/110498 51.Wilfred_s_shatter ed_war_dreams/ Lurkinhead
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