With the College Chapel lit by candlelight and full to capacity, the choir singing from the balcony and College pupils reading from Owen's works, this was a truly memorable occassion.
Professor Tim Kendall led us in reflecting not simply on the First World War, but also upon Owen's experience of it, as documented in his poetry and letters. The evening offered time to reflect upon the terror, the suffering and the waste, along with the strength of the human spirit in the face of adversity and the strange beauty of comradeship in battle.
Members of the audience commented:
It was a very dignified and moving occassion with stunning music from the College Choir, outstanding readings from pupils framing a fascinating lecture by Tim Kendall on one of our most important poets.
This was a wonderful addition to the Cheltenham Literature Festival; sombre yet inspiring in the beautiful College Chapel and extremely impressive performances from pupils of College.