First World War Poetry Digital Archive


A range podcasts (audio and video) available from key speakers on First World War literature and the War in general. All files are available for download as MP3s or MPEGs.

Subscribe to the Archive's podcast in iTunes (this link will launch iTunes on your computer).


An interview with Ian Hislop

Ian Hislop

This podcast is an interview with Ian Hislop, editor of Private Eye, and TV presenter on the WW1 documentaries entitled 'Not Forgotten' (Channel 4, UK). The interview was conducted by Stuart Lee and Kate Lindsay on Friday 7th September 2007. It covers remembering the war, the importance of the war on today's society, the impact of the war, and the influence of war poetry, as well as insights into his TV programmes and publications.

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An interview with Max Arthur

Last Post by Max Arthur

This podcast is an interview with Max Arthur, author of Last Post, Forgotten Voices, and most recently Faces of World War One: The Tragedy of the Great War in Words and Pictures . The interview was conducted by Kate Lindsay on Tuesday 9th October 2007. the interview covers the importance of the war on today's society, Arthur's experience of interviewing the veterans of the Great War and working with the Imperial War Museum's audio archive, and the influence of war poetry on his own work.

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An interview with Gary Sheffield

Gary Sheffield

Gary Sheffield, Professor of War Studies at University of Birmingham and author of Forgotten Victory: The First World War: Myths and Realities and Douglas Haig: War Diaries and Letters 1914-1918, talks about the consequences of the First World War and the place of poetry in our perceptions of it. The interview was conducted by Kate Lindsay on 27th November 2007.

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An interview with Richard Holmes

Richard Holmes

Brigadier Richard Holmes is a well-known military historian, having written and presented numerous books and TV series on all aspects of warfare. In relation to the First World War his work includes Riding the Retreat: Mons to the Marne 1914 Revisited (1995), and Tommy: The British Soldier on the Western Front (2004). His TV work includes 'War Walks', 'The Western Front', and 'Battlefields'. In this interview he discusses his work on WW1, remembrance, his views on WW1 poetry, and how those experiences relate to the British Army currently serving in Iraq. The interview was conducted by Stuart Lee and Kate Lindsay, 20th March, 2008, Oxford.

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An interview with Kate Lindsay

Kate Lindsay

In a podcast recorded earlier this year, Kate Lindsay, Project Manager for the First World War Poetry Digital Archive discusses the exciting development of the archive and it's initiative "The Great War Archive". Kate outlines some of the features that will be available to researchers, teachers, students and the general public when the archive is launched on the 11th November 2008. This podcast was recorded by the Joint Information Systems Committee as part of it's Digitisation Programme.

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An interview with Colin Hughes

Colin Hughes

Colin Hughes is the author of David Jones the man who was on the field (1979) and a historical study of the battle which is the culmination of Jones' poem 'In Parenthesis', Mametz: Lloyd George's Welsh army at the Battle of the Somme (1982). In this podcast Hughes discusses his friendship with poet and artist David Jones and his research on the Battle of Mametz Wood. The interview was conducted by Alun Edwards on the 18th February 2009.

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Talks, lectures, and debates

Podcasts from the 2007 Siegfried Sassoon Conference

Sassoon Conference

A series of items from the 2007 Conference run by the Siegfried Sassoon Fellowship at Downside Abbey on Saturday September 8th. Podcasts available include an interview Dom Philip Jebb on Sassoon and Catholicism, Sassoon at Downside, and Sassoon's death. An interview with Dom Sebastian Moore on Sassoon's conversion to Catholicism, a paper from John Stuart Roberts, author of 'Siegfried Sassoon' (Metro Books, 1999) and a round table discussion.

Talks from the Teaching World War One Literature Conference


The Teaching World War One Literature Conference was held at Oxford University Computing Services on the 12th November 2007. Listen to:

Prof. Tim Kendall: 'Ivor Gurney: First War Poet'

Tim Kendall

In this paper Professor Kendall considers what composer and poet Ivor Gurney understood by the phrase 'war poet' and how he saw his own work as belonging to (and eminent amidst) a tradition of writing about war. He examines the ways in which Gurney represents poetry, and the figure of the poet, in his own work; and assesses Gurney's hopes for the efficacy of such poetry - whether as acts of witness, of escapism, or of political intervention.

Tim Kendall is Professor of English Literature at the University of Exeter and editor of The Oxford Handbook of British and Irish War Poetry (Oxford Handbooks of Literature) and author of Modern English War Poetry. The paper was presented at the First World War Literature, Music and Memory Conference held at King's College, Cambridge on the 11th and 12th July, 2009. Recording courtesy of Silvia Perucchetti.

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Alisa Miller: 'Selling Patriotism: Rupert Brooke in the First World War'

Alisa Miller

In this paper Alisa Miller takes a look at the 'Rupert Brooke cult', examining why this particular poet was so popular during the First World War, both with the general public and the soldier, at home and abroad.

This paper has eminated from Alisa's dissertation at the Faculty of History, Oxford University on the poet Rupert Brooke and popular literary culture in Britain during the First World War.

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Audio Tours

War Poetry Tour of the Imperial War Museum


Two enhanced podcast tours of some of the exhibits in the Imperial War Museum, London. The tour takes you through the displays on the First World War but links them to some of the poets and poetry of the period. Designed to be used at the museum on a mobile device.

Educational Films

Trench Warfare


A short video made by the First World War Poetry Digital Archive taking viewers through some of the features associated with trench warfare on the Western Front during World War One. The programme is presented by Everett Sharp and directed by Stuart Lee.

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War Cemeteries

War Graves

A short video made by the First World War Poetry Digital Archive taking viewers through tracing the burial site of a soldier of the First World War.

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