‘There were our own, there were the others'
This summer twenty-three places are inviting visitors to share a silent walk of remembrance to mark the anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.
The project, conceived by the artist Alec Finlay is a contemporary act of remembrance for all those affected by conflict. At each walk a pair of poems will be read and, where possible, some poppy seeds scattered and a book installation left as a memory of the event.
The featured poets, selected by Finlay, with Ken Cockburn and Heather H. Yeung, include Alice Oswald, Pablo Neruda, Paul Celan and Mamhoud Darwish.
The wide-ranging poems offer acts of witness which embrace 'our own' and 'the others' in many different ways – from service personnel, peace activists, refugees and exiles, to freedom fighters – reflecting individual experiences of pathos, grief or redemption.
The poems and biographies of the poets are available to read online.
Each venue has selected a host who will share local experiences of conflict. The walks visit different kinds of war memorial, including a peace park and a tree cathedral. The venues range from The White Cliffs of Dover, Kipling’s house Bateman’s, and Dunham Massey, one of many homes converted into a troop hospital during the First World War.
Edinburgh-based artist and poet Alec Finlay has, in recent years, devised innovative approaches to remembrance, such as a tree-planting for the John Muir Way, and a National Memorial for Organ and Tissue Donors, in the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh. His work is often collaborative and, for this project, he is working with the poet Ken Cockburn, who will guide the walks, and Luke Allan and Hannah Devereux, who will document them. A blog recording the walks will be published over the summer.
Join us for these reflective guided walks and poetry readings:
Events are free, times vary and booking is essential.
- 17 June 2014 Email us: Killerton or tel: 01392 881345
- 18 June 2014 Email us: Knightshayes or tel: 01884 254665
- 19 June 2014 Email us: Lanhydrock or tel: 01208 265950
- 20 June 2014 Email us: Clovelly Peace Park or tel: 01598 763402
- 21 June 2014 Email us: Overbeck’s or tel: 01548 842893
- 23 June 2014 Email us: Castle Drogo or tel: 01647 434119
- 24 June 2014 Email us: Stourhead or tel: 01747 841152
- 22 July 2014 Croft Castle
- 23 July 2014 Dunham Massey
- 24 July 2014 Hardman's House
- 25 July 2014 Penrhyn
- 27 July 2014 Nostell
- 28 July 2014 Attingham
- 29 July 2014 Chirk Castle
- 30 July 2014 Dudmaston
- 01 Aug 2014 Ormesby
- 19 Aug 2014 Osterley
- 20 Aug 2014 Ightham Mote
- 23 Aug 2014 Whipsnade Tree Cathedral
- 23 Aug 2014 Ashridge Estate
- 28 Aug 2014 Nymans
- 29 Aug 2014 Bateman's
- 30 Aug 2014 White Cliffs of Dover