War voices brought to life by renowned poet

A British soldier writing a letter home from France 1914 PNL-140718-162753001

A British soldier writing a letter home from France 1914 PNL-140718-162753001

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First World War voices will be brought back to life at an evening of poetry, hosted by renowned poet Peter Wyton.

The Bookmarks Festival is hosting the special event to commemorate the centenary of the Great War and will raise money for The British Red Cross.

From the trench poetry of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon to more contemporary poems, Mr Wyton will recite the poems during what will be a moving evening of war literature.

Mr Wyton is the author of six poetry collections, has been twice nominated for the Forward Prize and is a previous Poet Laureate for Gloucestershire. His poetry has featured on BBC Radio 4’s Poetry Please and he was a finalist in the inaugural BBC Poetry Slam Competition.

The event takes place on August 15 at St Mary Magdalene Church, Helmdon, from 8pm. Tickets, which include a wine reception, are £5 if booked in advance or £6 on the door but to reserve your ticket, email bookmarksfest@gmail.com