PROSE MARKS AR­MISTICE

POET LAU­RE­ATE WRITES NEW POEM FOR AR­MISTICE EVENT

Sunderland Echo - - Front page - By Katy Wheeler [email protected] Twit­ter: @KatyJourno

A son­net writ­ten by the Poet Lau­re­ate for Danny Boyle’s na­tional event to mark the cen­te­nary of the end of the First World War has been un­veiled.

Poet Lau­re­ate Carol Ann Duffy was asked by Boyle to write a piece for Pages of the Sea, his com­mis­sion from 1418 NOW to mark the cen­te­nary of Ar­mistice Day.

Sun­der­land has been cho­sen as one of a hand­ful of coastal towns and cities to take part in Pages of the Sea, and Duffy’s son­net, The Wound In Time, will play a cen­tral role in the Sun­der­land event.

Each project cen­tres on the draw­ing of a large-scale por­trait of a ca­su­alty from the First World War, de­signed by sand artists Sand In Your Eye, which will be washed away as the tide comes in.

The Sun­der­land event will take place from noon un­til 3pm on Novem­ber 11 at Roker Beach, dur­ing which mem­bers of the pub­lic will be able to lis­ten to Duffy’s poem. Sun­der­land Cul­ture is de­liv­er­ing Pages of the Sea at Roker and at Red­car Beach on Teesside.

Danny Boyle said: “I hope that Carol Ann Duffy’s poem will be some­thing that you’ll read pri­vately as in­di­vid­u­als, or with friends, or pub­licly among peo­ple on the beach on Novem­ber 11.

“Po­etry in [the] first world war was such an ex­traor­di­nary art form – it re­ported, in the way that tele­vi­sion does now, on ex­pe­ri­ences that were unimag­in­able to the peo­ple at home.”

The event is named af­ter the last line in Duffy’s poem, in which she mourns those lost in the war.

“His­tory might as well be water, chastis­ing this shore; / for we learn noth­ing from your end­less sac­ri­fice. / Your faces drown­ing in the pages of the sea,” she writes.

He­len Green, head of per­for­mance at Sun­der­land Cul­ture, and pro­ducer of the Sun­der­land and Red­car Pages of the Sea events, said: “It’s a mov­ing, haunt­ingly beau­ti­ful poem – a re­minder of the hun­dreds of thou­sands of young peo­ple who left these shores full of hope and op­ti­mism, but who didn’t re­turn. It’s also about the fu­til­ity of war and the fact that we don’t ap­pear to have learned any­thing from the sac­ri­fices of a gen­er­a­tion.”

In ad­di­tion to the etch­ing of the ca­su­alty into the sand, and Carol Ann Duffy’s poem, the Sun­der­land event will fea­ture a choir led by Cather­ine Stephens of The Corn­shed Sis­ters. Singers will per­form Look to the Sea, a song writ­ten by Bris­tol singer song­writer Heg Brig­nall.

The pub­lic will also be asked to join in by cre­at­ing sil­hou­ettes of peo­ple in the sand, re­mem­ber­ing the mil­lions of lives lost or changed for­ever by the con­flict.

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