A programme of events will mark the time he spent in Edinburgh during 1917 as a patient of the Craiglockhart War Hospital for Officers suffering from neurasthenia (more commonly known as shell shock).
Representatives from Edinburgh’s Education, Arts and Literary Community are working with charities in the Veteran Sector to commemorate the life of the war poet Wilfred Owen throughout 2017.
Charting well documented dates from Owen’s four months in Edinburgh, the wide-ranging events programme will include high profile lectures, guided walks and tours, a competition for schools, re-enactments, music and poetry readings.
The Committee of organisations known as Wilfred Owen’s Edinburgh 1917-2017 is Chaired by Neil McLennan, Senior Lecturer and Director of Leadership Programmes at the University of Aberdeen and includes representatives from:
The Alliance of Literary Societies, Baberton Golf Club, The Balmoral Hotel, Caledonian Sleeper, City Art Centre, City of Edinburgh Council, The Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh Napier University, Filmhouse, Glen Art, Historic Environment Scotland, Mercat Tours, Network Rail, Pentland Rangers Regional Park, Poppy Scotland, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s War, Scottish Poetry Library, Scottish Portrait Gallery, Scots in the Great War re-enactment society, Siegfried Sassoon Fellowship, University of Aberdeen, Wilfred Owen Association, Wilfred Owen Violin, Woodland Trust.