Friday, 15 October 2010

Jon Stallworthy

Congratulations to Jon Stallworthy, who is the worthy recipient of this year's Wilfred Owen Poetry Award. The prize is intended to 'honour a poet for a sustained body of work that includes memorable war poems'. Jon is the author of many of the finest modern poems about the Great War. As an editor and critic, he has also done more than anyone to promote war poetry. His two-volume edition of Wilfred Owen's poetry set the standard for scholarly editions, and Owen has also been extremely well served by Jon's biography and his trade edition of the poems. Jon's most recent critical study, Survivors' Songs: From Maldon to the Somme, hints in its subtitle at the range of his learning. It is an honour to have been taught by Jon and to have worked with him.

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