Friday 3 July, 6 – 8pm Royal College of Nursing, London W1
In 1918, volunteer nurse (VAD) Alberta Vickridge entered a poetry competition for men and women on war service. Her poem, ‘Out of the Conflict’ won the competition. The consolation prize went to Wilfred Owen for his ‘Song of Songs’. Alberta went on to become a famous poet in her own right and won further competitions. Yet she is scarcely remembered today, one of countless female war poets who are seriously neglected.
In this performance, performance poet Audrey Ardern-Jones will read from female war poets of different backgrounds, who made their voices heard at a catastrophic time. Many were nurses and VADs, and their poems explore the experiences of nursing the wounded: of loss, pain, hopes and dreams.
A performance by nurse and poet Audrey Ardern-Jones with music by Lucas Jordan (flute) and Fabricio Mattos (guitar)
Tickets cost 15 (12 RCN members). Book online at www.rcn.org.uk/ww1poetry or call 029 2054 6460