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CMCW Reads: 'I was a dark star, always' with Philip Hoare

06 December 2018 - 06 December 2018

6-7pm | JHG Foyer | FREE | No booking required

University of Southampton’s Centre For Modern and Contemporary Writing (CMCW) will be joined by Philip Hoare to explore his film 'I was a dark star, always' and selected texts by Wilfred Owen that inspired the piece.

The CMCW Reading Group, led by Joseph Owen and Lian Patston, will examine the film and accompanying letters and poems, inviting Philip Hoare and the public to join them for this open discussion.

The discussion will begin at 6pm, however doors will be open from 5:30pm for anyone who wishes to watch the film again before we start.

Before this event, see the film and pick up a copy of the accompanying texts in the John Hansard Gallery Foyer. All are welcome, no extensive reading or research is required to take part in the discussion.

'I was a dark star always'  is a tribute in film to the life of Wilfred Owen with readings by Ben Whishaw.

The film, written by Philip Hoare and directed by Adam Low, incorporates readings by Ben Whishaw of both letters and poems by Owen, and is filmed at key locations from his life, including the beach in Torquay where he swam as a child, and the canal in northern France where he died, on 4 November 1918, aged just 25.

 The Centre for Modern and Contemporary Writing supports interdisciplinary research on twentieth and twenty-first century literature. Based in the Faculty of Humanities, University of Southampton, the CMCW brings together a diverse cohort of academics, writers, and research students with interests in the relations between writing and contemporary culture in all its forms. 

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