The monument to Wilfred Owen at Ors

THE WIVENHOE LAUNCH OF OUR CONFLICT ANTHOLOGY “so too have the doves gone” took place at the Royal British Legion on Thursday 27 March 2014.

The title of the anthology “so too have the doves gone” is a line taken from Antony Johae‘s poem Mosque in Kabul 2000.

The ‘Dove’s reading’ event at Arlington’s Poetry Cafe, Ipswich, on Tuesday 4 November (the anniversary of Wilfred Owen’s death) was a great success. We had a large and interested audience – in fact we had to take over the bar there were so many people – and we sold 6 books.

This reading brought to a close our ‘Doves’ roadshow for 2014. Our adventure began in March with the amazing turn out for the launch of the Anthology at the Minories Arts Cafe in Colchester. Since then we have perfected our accompanying slide show.

Judith and Pam have worked with the Anthology and the slide show in Parson’s heath Primary School at the invitation of the Head, Sheena Clover, and this was followed by a workshop at the University of Suffolk in Ipswich. We have also run a workshop at the Minories for the Stanza Poetry Group, Mosaic.

Judith ran a session with the Anthology at the first Suffok Poetry Society Poetry Festival at Stowmarket at the end of May. We then did a reading at the second Felixstowe Book Festival at the end of June.

We took the Anthology and our available poets to the inaugural Winchester Poetry Festival in September. This was an amazing event and Stephen Boyce, our Anthology editor, was the guiding spirit behind this. We were treated to a feast of poetry from Jackie Kay, Michael Longley, Maura Dooley and a host of poets equally inspiring. One of the highlights was a talk on Edward Thomas from the distinguished Irish academic Edna Longley. It was gratifying to receive very positive feedback from the audience for our reading.

Our tireless poets then read again in October at the Essex Poetry Festival and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them all for all their efforts – it’s been a lot of fun, and, of course, we have sold lots of books, which means money into Poetry Wivenhoe’s coffers so that we can continue to bring the best of contemporary poetry to our loyal Wivenhoe audience.

Pam Job and Judith Wolton


See a review of the anthology in our Reviews page.