Stapleford Granary

Course description

Saturday 3 November

14.00-17.30 / £50 / £45 students

Remembering the First World War


Two lectures and a round-table discussion with leading scholars.

• Kate Kennedy, Ivor Gurney: War Poet and Composer

When the other war poets were saying ‘Goodbye to All That’ after the Armistice, Ivor Gurney, abandoned and alone in a mental asylum, remained a war poet well into the 1920s. This lecture explores his poetry and song to examine Gurney’s unique exploration of war and mental illness.

• Trudi Tate, The Shock of War

How did civilians bear witness to the trauma of the First World War? Did civilians suffer from shell shock? This lecture explores the war writings of Virginia Woolf, Rudyard Kipling, D. H. Lawrence, and others.  



Kate Kennedy is Associate Director of the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing and author of a forthcoming biography of Ivor Gurney. 

Trudi Tate is a Fellow of Clare Hall and an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of English, Cambridge.

Both speakers have published widely on the First World War.


Further information:

T 01223 324960