The First World War in Poetry
The actor Rory Kinnear reads a selection of war poetry ranging from the early patriotic optimism of John Galsworthy to the suffering and disillusion of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. The CD features works by 24 poets, both soldiers and civilians, including Robert Graves, Ivor Gurney, Rudyard Kipling and Edith Nesbit.1 CD duration 76 min.
The Reluctant Tommy
In the First World War, Ronald Skirth was an ordinary tommy serving in the trenches; but on the Flanders battlefield he had a strange epiphany and became a pacifist. His war became one of small acts of sabotage, committed at huge risk to his own life. Compiled from Skirth's wartime letters and journals and his memoir, this is the story of a young man sticking to his principles in impossible circumstances. The abridged audio version is read by Daniel Weyman.