Myles Dungan (RTÉ) & Nerys Williams (UCD): 'Poets of the black chair: Francis Ledwidge and Hedd Wynn 1887-1917'
Francis Ledwidge is one of the most famous Irish casualties of the Great War, largely because of his reputation as a pastoral poet. He is often seen as Ireland's most famous 'war poet'. Yet he was not alone in this; and his life, work and experience is mirrored by one of his contemporaries. Buried a few metres from Ledwidge is another fallen soldier: Ellis Evans who wrote poetry in Welsh under the name Hedd Wynn and is celebrated in Wales. They died on the same day within a short distance of each other and are buried together. Both were rural poets, both died on the same day in 1917 and both are buried within yards of one another. This lecture will explore the similarities between their lives, works and deaths.
Myles Dungan is the presenter of The History Show on RTÉ Radio One, and the author of Irish voices from the Great War and How the Irish won the West. Nerys Williams is Assistant Professor of English in the School of English, Drama and Film at UCD.
All lectures start at 7pm and will be held in the Museum's Milestone Gallery, Glasnevin Cemetery. Dublin 11
Tickets for each lecture are €10 or book the full series of 6 for €50
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