Friday 13 October 2017, 7.30pm
Locally born historian Neil McLennan recently found evidence confirming Baberton Golf Clubhouse as the venue for the meeting of three of the most important war poets of World War One – Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon and Robert Graves. Exactly 100 years later, on the same day in the same place, Neil will share details of how he unravelled a series of clues found hidden in the archives of Southern Illinois University to affirm their ‘powerful literary meeting’.
Saturday 21 October 2017, 11am - 4pm
Historian Neil McLennan will lead a walk in the Pentland Hills, retracing the footsteps of Owen and the Craiglockhart War Hospital Field Club who walked there 100 years ago. The walk will leave from and complete at Harlaw House Visitor Centre, taking four to five hours. It will be moderate-to-challenging, although will keep to established footways. There will be a chance to hear more about Owen’s time in Edinburgh, and to meet some First World War soldiers along the way.
Writer and facilitator Helen Boden will also lead creative writing sessions to accompany and complement the walks. The walks/workshops package will cost £8 on the day, or £5 to just attend a walk or workshop separately.
Thursday 26 October 2017, 6.30pm
Join BBC Special Correspondent, Allan Little at the Grand Central Library in Edinburgh where he will chair a discussion between founder of Scotland’s War 1914-1919, Dr Yvonne McEwen and curator of the War Poets Collection at Craiglockhart, Catherine Walker MBE, in a fascinating discussion about the notion of class and how officers and other ranks were treated, as well as social and medical attitudes towards shell-shock.
Friday 3 November, 6.30pm - 7.30pm
100 years to the day since Wilfred Owen left Edinburgh following a transformative stay in the city, the Scottish Poetry Library and the Wilfred Owen Association host this panel discussion on his legacy. How did Edinburgh change his poems? Featuring broadcaster and author Trevor Royle and Owen expert Neil McLennan, this event will close the Wilfred Owen’s Edinburgh centenary programme.