Bath Aloud 2014: 1914 – Poetry Remembers
Returning to the 2014 Festival by popular demand — our public reading series:
BATH ALOUD 2014: 1914 – POETRY REMEMBERS
75+ World War One poems from our greatest international poets read by dozens of local readers in the atmospheric setting of St Michael’s Without, Saturday 1 March and Saturday 8 March
The tradition of “Bath Aloud” at the Independent Bath Literature Festival (28 Feb to 9 March) was first cemented in 2011 with a reading of the entire King James Bible (for the 400th anniversary of its publication) featuring local readers, plus authors like Alexander McCall Smith and Adam Nicolson and actors Bill Paterson and Timothy West. The following year we read out the whole of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. And last year across the city there was a series of readings by women writers celebrating International Women’s Day.
Be part of this year’s public reading
We’re currently recruiting volunteers to read 75 poems from 1914: Poetry Remembers, which features the work of Rupert Brooke, Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Anna Akhmatova, Simon Armitage, Andrew Motion and Jackie Kay. The readings are taking place on Saturday 1 March and Saturday 8 March at St Michael’s Without in Bath. The Festival has also issued an urgent plea for someone who can read aloud in Welsh, to voice Gillian Clarke’s Eisteddfod of the Black Chair.
Viv Groskop, in her first year at the Independent Bath Literature Festival as Artistic Director, says: “The Bath Aloud public reading events are a great way of getting everyone in the community involved. In one afternoon you can have schoolchildren, students and grandparents reading alongside actors and authors. I love the idea of hearing WWI poetry read aloud: it’s a way of bringing work to life that people usually only read on the page.”