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A Writer's War: 5. Gas! GAS! Quick, boys!

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Duration: 0:13:48 | Added: 11 Mar 2020
A WRITER'S WAR looks at how those who fought and those at home in Britain, France, Germany and former colonies of the British and French Empires responded to the First World War, the horrors of the trenches and the advent of mechanised violence.

The University's Medieval & Modern Languages Faculty ran a series of workshops, in partnership with Oxford Spires Academy, during which Year 10 modern language students discussed a range of texts from British, French and German writers, and also arranged for the students to visit Magdalen College, which holds an extensive collection of letters and other items relating to the College's participation in the First World War. Students, participating academics, and the archivists from Magdalen College then recorded their reflections for this podcast series.

In this podcast, we hear from Prize Fellow and poet ANDREW WYNN OWEN and Senior Research Fellow PROFESSOR SANTANU DAS of All Souls College about the British response to the First World War.

Music: George Butterworth: The Banks of Green Willow: The Banks of Green Willow. Licensed courtesy of Naxos.

A National Lottery Heritage Fund First World War Centenary project, produced by ChromeRadio for the University of Oxford's Faculty of Medieval & Modern Languages in partnership with Year 10 students from Oxford Spires Academy.

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