We revive our blog with a summary of UCD activities we are involved in surrounding the centenary of the ending of the Great War – the First World War – which culminates on Sunday, 11 November, 2018.
Voices of War Poetry Event
The Voices of War International Poetry Competition was organised to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, and to honour all those affected by violent conflict anywhere in the world. Almost 700 original poems on war and its effects were received from around the world.
After careful deliberation, the judges arrived at the following shortlist for Open Category:
Siobhán Campbell (Belfast), ‘Speculation’ ; Angi Holden (Cheshire, UK), ‘Requisitioned’; Shannon Kuta Kelly (Galway), ‘Kalinovik’; Pippa Little (Northumberland, UK), ‘The Afternoon War Ends’; Pascal MacGabhann (Dublin), ‘Leathbhróg’; David McLoghlin (New York), ‘Dispatch’; Claire McSherry (Armagh), ‘War Sonnet’; Jean O’Brien (Dublin), ‘No Thaw’; Robyn Rowland (Galway), ‘Precision’; Iain Twiddy (Sheffield, UK), ‘Snowed’; Michael J. Whelan (Dublin), ‘In the Periphery’
Drawing on a selection of competition entries, the UCD Ad Astra Arts Academy and UCD School of English Drama and Film will present a performance of poetry and Music commemorating Armistice Day November 11th 2018. The event will be recorded and added to the Irish Poetry Reading Archive. Events will take place in:
James Joyce Library, Library Hub, 9th November at 2pm
National Gallery of Ireland, Millennium Studio, Sunday 11th November, 4pm
Following the Sunday performance there will be a reception at 90 Merrion Square at which the prize-winners in the international poetry competition, Voices of War, will be announced. The shortlisted poets will read their poems.
All are welcome to either performance but as places are limited at 90 Merrion Square, the organisers ask those who would like to attend the events on Sunday to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by 9 November.
UCD Armistice Commemorative Walk
In addition to the Voices of War event above, UCD is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice with Germany on 11 November 1918 with a series of other events on 9 November.
At 11.00am, UCD will hold an Armistice Commemorative Walk across campus to honour the 488 faculty, staff, students, and graduates of the University who served in World War I, and acknowledge the 43 members of the University community who died in the war.
Current students will each carry the name of a UCD student and will join a procession to walk across campus from the World War I memorial at Richview to the Tom Kettle memorial at the Rose Garden (beside Belfield House).
To register on the walk, please complete the Eventbrite form here by Tuesday, 6 November.
New Google Arts Exhibit: “…and now the shells fall thick and fast”
UCD Library Cultural Heritage Units have curated a Google Arts exhibition of items from their collections documenting the course of World War I entitled “…and now the shells fall thick and fast”.
Kate Manning, Principal Archivist, UCD Archives, will launch the exhibition on 9 November at 2.00pm, before the performance of Voices of War. A previously unseen letter written from Lincoln Jail by Eamon de Valera to his wife, Sinéad, on 11 November 1918 which forms part of this exhibition will be read as part of the Voices of War performance.
UCD Roll of Honour
UCD Archives have been tweeting every day at 11.00am (continuing until 11 November), the name of a UCD student, graduate or staff member who was killed in action or died on active service during World War I, and is listed in the UCD Roll of Honour published 1919/20. There are 43 names in all.
UCD Library Spotlight on #Armistice100
Our latest Spotlight book display features books from our collection related to World War I. Books on Irish involvement in the war and its aftermath are prominently featured.
See the display on Level 1 of the James Joyce Library (near the stairs), feel free to browse and borrow, and view our online #Armistice100 companion guide for more about the books featured.