Literary Festival With A WW1 Theme

If I should die, think only this of me; That there’s some corner of a foreign field. That is forever England. Rupert Brooke

Another Friends of the Library classic

By Roger Childs

flanders fieldsThis is the sixth literary festival run by the FOTL and it has an appropriate war literature theme in this 100th anniversary year of World War One. It begins at 7.30pm on Friday 26 September with distinguished Victoria University Professor, Harry Ricketts, speaking on the poets of the Great War. Then on Saturday morning at 10.00am there is a panel discussion on writing about the war.

Strange Meetings and other sources

Harry RickettsHarry Ricketts in an expert on the war poets, who made a distinctive contribution to the literature of the early 20th century. In his talk he will be covering material

~ from his book Strange Meetings – The Lives of the Poets of the Great War
~ related to his biography of Rudyard Kipling
~ on New Zealand’s contribution to WWI poetry.

The session starts at 7.30pm on Friday September 25 at the Kapiti Community Centre, 15 Ngahina St, Paraparaumu

Wine, fruit juice and light refreshments will be served.

Tickets $20: see details below.

Paper Plus has assisted with the organisation and Harry’s books will be available for purchase at the session.

Some Foreign Field – writing about the war, fiction and fact

FOTL Chair, Janet Secker, will run the panel discussion which will be interspersed with poetry readings by well known Radio NZ voice, Peter Fry.

There are three distinguished panellists:

Rupert BrookeDr Damien Fenton: Honorary Research Fellow at Massey University. He has written on WW1 topics and worked for the Ministry of History and Culture.
Ray Grover: Former chief archivist at Archives New Zealand and the author of a novel about New Zealanders on the Western Front.
Philippa Werry: A Wellington writer of stories, plays and poems. Some of her recent works have been children’s stories on New Zealand and the war.

Tickets $15

Getting tickets

  • Ring Hilary Wooding (04) 297 9704
  • Or pay into the FOTL bank account 03-0732-0242144-00
  • Or fill in a form at the Paraparaumu Library and leave the form, with payment, in an envelope addressed to Hilary Wooding at the Information Desk.



I was crucified in Cambrai,

And again outside Bapaume;

I was scourged for miles along the Albert Road,

I was driven pierced and bleeding,

With a million maggots feeding

On the body that  I carried as my load.

Rev G A Studdart Kennedy (“Woodbine Willie”)