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Siegfried Sassoon Day Conference at Mells: Saturday 28th May

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2005 11:05 am    Post subject: Siegfried Sassoon Day Conference at Mells: Saturday 28th May Reply with quote

A one-day conference, Siegfried Sassoon at Mells, organised by the War Poets Association, will take place at the village of Mells, Somerset, where Sassoon is buried, on Saturday 28th May 2005. The event will be led by Jean Moorcroft Wilson, a major biographer of Sassoon, and will include some discussion of Sassoon's war poetry and wartime friendship with Graves. It will be of interest to many members of the Robert Graves Society.

Arrangements for the event are now being confirmed and bookings taken: further details and information about how to book are available on the War Poets Association's website. Early booking is advised, as the total number of places must be limited to about sixty. The event will start at 11.00am.

Mells is located in rural Somerset, England, but is close to the town of Frome, which has a railway station and is also reasonably accessible by bus and, of course, motor car. It has been arranged that parking in Mells will be available at the Tithe Barn from 10.00am onwards; places should also be places in other parts of the village, including outside the Inn (the Talbot). Please arrive in good time in order to secure a space and please park considerately: a wedding will be taking place at the church later on the same day, for example.

Day Conference Programme:

10.00am onwards: Parking available at the Tithe Barn, Mells

Venue: St Andrew's Church, Mells, Somerset

11.00 - 11.05am: Introduction and welcome: Helen McPhail, Board Member, the War Poets Association.

11.05 - 11.20am: Short history of Mells Church, the churchyard and its memorials by the Vicar of Mells, the Revd. Martin Weymont.

11.20am - 1.00pm: Talk on Siegfried Sassoon by Jean Moorcroft Wilson, biographer of Sassoon, and visit (subject to weather conditions) to the graves of Siegfried Sassoon and Ronald Knox in the churchyard.

Venue: The Tithe Barn, Mells (near the Church)

1.00 - 2.30pm: Buffet lunch with a glass of wine. Other refreshments will also be available.

2.30 - 3.00pm: Talk by Michael McGarvie and Viscount Asquith on Ronald Knox and his connections with Mells and Siegfried Sassoon.

3.00 - 3.30pm: Talk by Dom Philip Jebb and others from Downside Abbey on Sassoon's instruction into the Roman Catholic faith, chaired by Dennis Silk.

Venue: Gardens and Mells Village

3.30 - 4.30pm: Visit to the gardens of Lord Oxford's house and short historical walk through Mells village, led by Michael McGarvie.

Venue: The Tithe Barn

4.30 - 4.45pm: Summing up and thanks by Dr Paul O'Prey, Vice Chancellor, Roehampton University, London and Chairman, War Poets Association.

4.45 pm - departure: Tea at the Tithe Barn.

6.00pm: Tithe Barn closes.

Admission to the day's events will be by ticket only. Tickets for the day, inclusive of the luncheon and tea, are now available at 20.00 each to members of the War Poets Association (to join, please visit the WPA website) or 25.00 each for others.

Cheques should be made payable to the 'War Poets Association' and sent by post to Treasurer, War Poets Association, c/o Veale Wasbrough (DBMW), Orchard Court, Orchard Lane, Bristol, BS1 5WS, England. Payments may be made in Sterling, Euros (30 or 40 each) or US Dollars ($40 or $50 each). Please reserve your place(s) before sending a cheque. To pay by direct bank transfer, please e-mail treasurer@warpoets.org or write to the above address for the WPA's bank details.

All messages will be acknowledged.

In case of any difficulties, please e-mail the organisers at mells@warpoets.org

Note: The Programme details were last revised on 22 March 2005.

Patrick Villa
The War Poets Association
e-mail: patrick@warpoets.org
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