#OwenLastDays is a project by the Faculty of English Language and Literature on the last days of the First World War Poet Wilfred Owen. To note this event they are running a major social media outreach campaign focused on Wilfred Owen’s legacy. This will form part of the 100th anniversary commemoration for Owen’s death on 4th November 1918, just one week before the end of the First World War. Widely regarded as one of the most important British poets of the First World War, Owen has been studied, read, and enjoyed by generations of students. His poems such as ‘Dulce et Decorum est’ and ‘Strange Meeting’ have helped to shape (rightly or wrongly) many perceptions of the War. The Faculty will be tweeting (@ww1lit) using #OwenLastDays between 22nd October and 4th November, recording Owen’s movements and activities during the last two weeks of his life before the battle of the Sambre-Oise Canal. Their tweets will include links to online study and learning resources and items of interest that the University of Oxford makes publicly available, including poem manuscript drafts, recorded lectures and podcasts, and new reflective writing from experts in the field concerning Owen’s death and his continued and changing legacy. The campaign particularly hopes to reach schools and school-age students, given the appearance of Wilfred Owen’s poetry on many GCSE and A-level courses, and the wealth of online resources that the University of Oxford makes available for wider educational use. 

National Competition for Schools (Years 7-13)!

Win Amazon vouchers and books of Owen’s poems! As part of the project the team invite school groups to participate in this discussion by entering a competition on ‘The Legacy of Wilfred Owen’. There are two categories to enter under – “Poster” and “Performance” – and they looking for posters from groups of students (max. 4) that place a poem by Owen in its historical context, or a performed recording that presents a reaction to the legacy of Owen’s poetry. N.B. Entry forms should be completed by a teacher or member of staff at the school. The closing date for all entries is NOON, 30th November 2018 (completed Entry Forms and Consent Forms should be emailed to ww1collections@it.ox.ac.uk).

To find out more read the guidelines below:

Competition Guidelines: 

Competition Entry Form:

Consent Form:

For more information on the competition or project contact: ww1collections@it.ox.ac.uk

Project team: Stuart Lee and Hannah Simpson (English Faculty, University of Oxford)

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