Poems of War

A special event remembering 1915 through poems and music is to be held at Bath’s Poetry Cafe.

The BRSLI in Queen Square.

The BRSLI in Queen Square.

The event, supported by Bath & North East Somerset Council as part of its World War 1 Centenary programme, takes place on Tuesday, November 10, at 7.30pm at the BRLSI in Queen Square, Bath.

Members of Bath Poetry Cafe will read a selection of poems written in 1915, following the year through words, images and music, as those on the frontline and at home faced ‘the darkness and the thunder and the rain’ (*) of the conflict.

Included in the evening will be patriotic songs of the time, and family photos kindly lent by local resident Mrs Roma Tomkins whose father and uncles all served in the Somerset Light Infantry.

Remembrance poppy.

Remembrance poppy.

Councillor Patrick Anketell-Jones (Conservative, Lansdown), Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: “This is the second of an annual series of events which will look at the poetry written in each year of the First World War. The event is free, but a contribution to veterans’ charities is encouraged.”

A representative of the British Legion will attend the event to introduce the charity’s work to support armed forces veterans.

*From ‘To Germany’ by Charles Hamilton Sorley