SSF visit to Ieper 28th - 31st October 2010
The thirty two SSF members who travelled to Belgium and spent three days visiting the Ypres Salient and then the Somme region, had a truly magnificent time. Thanks to the combined efforts of Deborah, Meg and Ypres resident Jack Sturiano, the three days (and nights!) were thoroughly enjoyed by all.
See comments on the Ypres Visit 2010 page
22 May, 2010 - The SSF annual dinner took place at the Angel Coaching Inn, Heytesbury (a former haunt of George Sassoon). There were 25 of us present at the dinner, which was preceded by a visit to Heytesbury House, by kind invitation of the owners. After the meal, Max Egremont spoke about his association with Heytesbury and George Sassoon. This was followed by the presentation of a gift to Dennis Silk, CBE, in recognition of his recent appointment as President of the Siegfried Sassoon Fellowship. You can see from Dennis's face in this photograph how surprised he was when our Chair Meg Crane got up to make the presentation!
21 November, 2009 - The Wilfred Owen Association awarded the Wilfred Owen Poetry Award for 2009 to Dannie Abse at a ceremony in London. Read more on the WOA website: http://www.wilfredowen.org.uk/news/2009/10/wilfred-owen-association-agm-and-presentation-1
11 November, 2009 - SSF Chair Meg Crane, Secretary Deb Fisher and Treasurer Sam Gray were among those present at the special Remembrance Day service in Westminster Abbey to honour the passing of the last veterant of the First World War. Representatives of several other war poets' societies also attended. Disappointingly, none of Sassoon's words were used during the service, but Siegfried himself would have been pleased that Wilfred Owen's work featured so prominently.
To read more about the service and see photographs, please select this link: http://www.westminster-abbey.org/press/news/news/2009/november/a-service-to-mark-the-passing-of-the-world-war-one-generation
Also on Remembrance Day, Andrew Marr's latest BBC series, "The Making of Modern Britain", paid homage to Sassoon as a significant figure of the First World War.
On the same day, Oxford University launched the first online collection of the manuscripts of Siegfried Sassoon, focusing on his war poetry, under the umbrella of its First World War Poetry Digital Archive. You can find out more by going to http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit/gwa/
3 November, 2009 - It was revealed that the campaign to fund the purchase of Sassoon's papers for Cambridge University Library had received a grant of £550,000 from the National Heritage Memorial Fund. This puts the fund within £110,000 of its final target.
8 October, 2009 - Cynthia Greenwood celebrated National Poetry Day by giving a talk on war poetry at Codsall Library in Staffordshire. We thank Scott Whitehouse for organising this event and inviting us to suggest a speaker. Cynthia may have been a little surprised to find fellow SSF founder member Phil Carradice among her audience!