On Saturday 2 October, in Malvern, the Friends of the Dymock Poets will be holding their AGM weekend. Jill Dawson will speak on Rupert Brooke, Jacek Wisniewski on Frost and Thomas, and Jean Moorcroft Wilson on Thomas alone. There will be a literary walk the next day.
Jean Moorcroft Wilson will also be appearing in Bristol on 23 October, alongside Bernard Wynick, Vivien Noakes and Jean Liddiard. Organised by the War Poets Association, the day consists of a conference on Bristol-born Isaac Rosenberg's work and an 'optional walk'.
The Ivor Gurney Society has organised a four-day trip to Ypres, which will include a visit to the newly-raised memorial to Gurney. The trip costs £300 per person, and runs from 7-10 October.
The College English Association of America has announced a call for papers on the theme of 'War and Literature'. The submission deadline is 1 November, for a panel which will take place at the conference in St Petersburg, Florida, on 31 March-2 April 2011.
In other news --- thanks to Philip Lancaster's Herculean efforts, the first part of the Ivor Gurney catalogue has now gone live, and can be searched here.
And finally... a beer brewed to celebrate the life and works of Wilfred Owen has helped to raise £460 for the church in which he served as a lay assistant. No mention is made of the fact that Owen suffered a religious crisis, fell out with the vicar, and left in mysterious circumstances.
'Murder will out, and I have murdered my false creed', he wrote to his mother. We can only imagine what might have been Owen's reaction to the beer's name: Wilfred's Mild.