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Richard Graves Lecture

Old Carthusian speaks on the horrors of war through historical writings

On Thursday 8 November, the School welcomed back Richard Graves (OC), nephew of celebrated author, Robert Graves (OC), for a talk on World War One.

In what was an exceptionally moving but entertaining lecture, Richard Graves guided his audience through the horrors of the Great War as seen by three sensitive and passionate writers: Robert Graves, Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen. Illustrated by their poetry and letters back home, Richard Graves brought the grim reality of the Western Front to life with great aplomb.

His final section, in which Wilfred Owen’s parents received the news of his death as the Armistice bells were striking, left a large audience of teachers, pupils and staff stunned into silence as all reflected on the sacrifice of those fighting one hundred years ago.


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