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Radio 3 to remember Wilfred Owen
BBC Radio 3 is to celebrate the life and writings of war poet Wilfred Owen with a week of special programmes.

Highlights will include choral work based on Owen's letters, and current serving soldiers reciting his poems.

The special programmes will be broadcast in the week following Remembrance Day, on 12 November.

Owen was killed in action on 4 November 1918, aged 25. His mother received news of his death by telegram on Armistice Day - the official end of World War I.

Biographers

At the time of his death, only five of his poems - which depict his experiences as a solider and the reality of life in the trenches - had been published.

The complete war poems have been recorded for Radio 3 by actor Ben Whishaw and will be featured across the schedule throughout the week, while poet Paul Farley will guide listeners through the poems.

Other contributors across the week include poets Lavinia Greenlaw and Alison Brackenbury and two of Owen's biographers, Jon Stallworthy and Dominic Hibberd.

Radio 3 has also invited current serving soldiers to recite Owen's poems and speak of their impact on people who have served in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Sierra Leone and Iraq.

Radio 3 head of speech programmes Abigail Appleton said: "Listeners have responded enthusiastically to our recent composer-led seasons and we hope they will find Wilfred Owen Week both insightful and reflective.

"This exemplifies the breadth of BBC Radio 3's cultural programming and the season is an integral part of wider celebrations around the station's 60th anniversary this autumn."




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