Wilfred Owen’s Birthday Marked By Festival

MARCH 18 marks 123 years since the birth of Wilfred Owen. To commemorate the Great War poet’s birthday, the Wirral museum dedicated to him is hosting a week-long arts festival in his honour. Owen spent his formative years in Birkenhead, and The Wilfred Owen Story, which will be celebrating its own fifth birthday, is the only permanent exhibition of its kind in the UK. Wilfred Owen PortraitThe ‘Happy Birthday Wilfred Owen’ Festival will feature Owen-related arts and crafts and multimedia presentations. It launches on Tuesday 14th March, culminating on Wilfred’s birthday, Friday the 18th. Among the highlights are specially recorded audio tributes from local Radio Merseyside’s Billy Butler, whilst noted actors Christopher Timothy and Nicholas Ball recite Owen’s Classic poems. The festival, which is the most ambitious ever mounted solely to Wilfred Owen-inspired arts, also includes original sketches by renowned Cornwall artist and Owen expert Sally Ronchetti, ceramic interpretations of Wilfred’s poems by Wirral’s Janet Holmes, and the acclaimed WW1 drawings of Rebecca Grindley. Music is represented by ‘Exposure’, a powerful new soundscape by Irby’s Phil Edwards, commissioned especially for the festival. Each day there will be talks and readings by volunteers of The Wilfred Owen Story. Tuesday to Friday – 12 noon to 2pm. Admission Free. The Wilfred Owen Story, 34 Argyle Street, Birkenhead, CH41 6AE Telephone: 07903 337995