Ulster Museum

Reading Rooms at Poppies: Weeping Window

A Verbal Arts Centre Programme that uses our unique reading aloud and shared reading model to encourage participants to share their ideas, thoughts or memories and start conversations inspired by the short stories and poems read by our facilitators.

- , Sun 22 Oct 2017

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Roughly 10 million soldiers lost their lives in World War I, along with seven million civilians. Writers and poets responded to the brutalities and losses in new ways. From stories and poems written in the trenches to elegies for the dead, these seminal works help to commemorate the Great War.

Just months before his death in 1918, English poet Wilfred Owen famously wrote, “This book is not about heroes. English Poetry is not yet fit to speak of them. Nor is it about deeds, or lands, nor anything about glory, honour, might, majesty, dominion, or power, except War. Above all I am not concerned with Poetry. My subject is War, and the pity of War.”

The Reading Rooms Bus will be open for stories and poems from 11.00am until 4.00pm linked to the theme of war to accompany Poppies: Weeping Window. This is a unique chance to hear some of this great literature, particularly the poetry from WWI. Come on board, listen and join in the conversation.

  • This event is free.
  • Booking in advance in not necessary, simply drop in during your visit.
  • The bus will be situated outside the Ulster Museum.