Nicholas Murray, author of The Red Sweet Wine of Youth: British Poets of the First World War, presents an evening discussing the poetry of World War 1, specifically the life and work of Rupert Brooke, Wilfred Owen and Isaac Rosenberg. With readings by Barney Ashton.
Nicholas Murray is an author and poet and has written books about Franz Kafka, Matthew Arnold and Aldous Huxley. Murray also runs a small poetry publishing imprint called Rack Press. His book The Red Sweet Wine of Youth is a passionate recreation of the lives of the greatest poets to come out of the conflict. His book, just out in paperback and has been hailed as ‘a fine account of the poetic sensibility of the period’ by the Daily Telegraph and ‘[Murray] pays close attention to his subject’s work, showing how the writing reflects the life. It is an approach that works wonderfully here…a rich and compelling patchwork of responses to the conflict’ by the Financial Times.
Barney Ashton is an archive film curator and publisher of British documentaries. He has had 12 verse plays performed and is currently working on two poetic song cycles.
Please join us for an early evening of discussion, poetry and wine as we welcome Nicholas Murray and Barney Aston to The Society Club.