Poetry, and War and Peace Studies  -  Information and links to related useful organisations
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First World War Index

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Sources of  war poetry and war and peace studies information (see panel on right.)
Booksellers who stock our anthologies
Poetry libraries (UK)
Literary societies (UK) devoted to the study and celebration of  First World War poets
Critical study material for First World War poetry
War poetry and war poets websites
War related websites

Booksellers - Where to buy

the war poetry anthologies are available from all booksellers, and other book sources worldwide, but the following usually hold stocks.

Internet book suppliers. Amazon is often the first to try. See our Books page for some useful links as well as information about other war poetry books.

A few branches of Waterstones

Some branches of Blackwells

The Imperial War Museum (London)

All book suppliers can obtain our titles for you.

In the US

Amazon, again, might be the first worth trying. The distributor of books published by Saxon Books in the US is
Trans-Atlantic Publications Inc.
311 Bainbridge St
Philadelphia PA  19147  USA

00-1-215-925-5083 (phone)

00-1-215-925-1912 (fax)

email:  jeffgolds@comcast.net


Poetry Libraries

The Poetry Library, Royal Festival Hall, Level 5, London SE1 8XX. 
Phone, 020 7921 0664 or 020 7921 0939.
Information service and loans. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 11 am to 8 pm.
e-mail: poetrylibrary@rfh.org.uk
web site  -  www.poetrylibrary.org.uk

Birmingham Library Services, Central Library, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3HQ. 
Phone 0121 235 2615. 
Extensive research collection of war poetry.

Literary Societies

The Wilfred Owen Association,

Siegfried Sassoon Fellowship. PO Box 11, Cowbridge, CF71 7XT                        Contact Deborah Fisher, 01656 659 286 www.sassoonfellowship.org.uk

Edward Thomas Fellowship, c/o Colin Thornton, 1 Carfax, undercliff Drive, St Lawrence, Isle of Wight PO38 1XG  Phone 01983 853366  www.edward-fellowship.org.uk

Ivor Gurney Society.  4 Myton Road, London SE21 8EB                   
Phone 0208 761 3180

The Rupert Brooke Society
40 Belmore Road, Thorpe, Norwich NR7 0PT. Telephone 01603 438603


The David Jones Society
48 Sylvan Way, Sketty, SWANSEA
01792 206 144
FAX 01792 205 305

Robert Graves Society. Contact Patrick Villa, 01275 373 166 (Unable to confirm details 2008)

 The John Masefield Society
Chairman: Peter Carter
The Frith, Ledbury, Herefordshire
Office phone 01531 631 647

Friends of the Dymock Poets (Edward Thomas, Rupert Brooke and others). Hon. Secretary: Catharine Luck, Burgage House, 19 The Southend, Ledbury, Herefordhire HR8 2EY.  Phone 01531 683 4796  www.dymockpoets.co.uk

The Poetry Society, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX 
Phone 020 7240 9881


Roland Leighton
(soldier boyfriend of Victoria Brittain)
His poems can be seen by searching 'Roland Leighton Collection' at www.oucs.ox.ac.uk

Updated information for these pages welcomed. Please CONTACT us.

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War and Peace studies, and teaching materials
Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ. 
Phone, 020 7416 5000. www.iwm.org.uk

Peace Pledge Union, 1 Peace Passage, London N7 0BT 
Phone, 020 7424 9444.

www.ppu.org.uk (Information for schools from a pacifist perspective.)

Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT), 11 Goodwin street, London N4 3HQ 
Phone, 020 7281- 0297. www.caat.org.uk

United Nations Association of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UNA), 3 Whitehall Court, London SW1A 2EL
Phone, 020 7930 2931. www.una-uk.org

Action for UN Renewal (Campaigns for reform of the United Nations)
Now defunct.

University of Bradford School of Peace Studies, Richmond Road, Bradford BD7 1DP 
01274 235235

University of Lancaster Richardson Institute 
(Dept of Politics and International Relations), Cartmel College, Lancaster LA1 4YL 
Phone 01524 594262.

Critical Studies

A critical study of the war poetry of the early 20th century -  Modern English War Poetry by Tim Kendall - Rather uneven in its judgements and very negative at times in its "appreciation" of poets. https://global.oup.com/academic/product/modern-english-war-poetry-9780199276769?cc=gb&lang=en&

A Textwise guide to the poetry of the First World War was published in 2003. It consists of 48 A4 spiral bound, photocopiable pages of in depth analysis of poetry by 12 First World War poets. The pages are packed with sharp insights and written with an infectious passion for the subject. They cannot fail to enlighten and inspire students.

More information is available from The Critical Forum, 10 West Street, Buckingham  MK18 1HL  or visit their web site: www.thecriticalforum.co.uk

War poetry and poets websites 

(Other links are scattered throughout this website and will be gathered together here eventually. See previous column for societies concerned with individual war poets.)

War poetry blog

A very interesting and frequently updated blog on war poetry of the 20th and 21st century, written by Professor Tim Kendall of Exeter University http://war-poets.blogspot.com

Colonial war - Canada. Research Package for Kim Morrissey's Batoche; poems, on the Internet Projects and Notes For Educators (with lesson plan by Wilma Riley). 

Times Archives on the First World War poet Julian Grenfell The links go to the original reports in The Times on his death and that of his brother and cousins, and to various of the poems which The Times published.


The War Poets Association
Official site of The War Poets Association. www.warpoets.org

Poets Against War

Haiku of all kinds  

Poetry by the UK armed forces
The Forces Poetry website: http://www.forcespoetry.com/

War related websites

Desert Rat Memorial Association 

Huge resource for researching the First World War www.firstworldwar.com

Archive presenting alternative views of the First World War www.greatwardifferent.com

Guardian and Observer archives - newspapers from 1791 - http://archive.guardian.co.uk

War Child
This is a charity that helps children in war zones.

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Last updated 5 May 2010 David Roberts.
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