Fierce Light

Fierce Light

Poets respond to the centenary of the Battle of the Somme

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Feat. Yrsa Daley Ward, Jackie Kay, Bill Manhire, Paul Muldoon & Daljit Nagra

The changes wreaked on our world by World War One reached beyond politics, economics and technology into the very fabric of our daily lives, our communities and relationships. It was the artists of that war – perhaps the poets above all – who took on the challenge to make sense of a world transformed almost beyond recognition.

To commemorate the centenary anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, Fierce Light brings together outstanding poets from the UK and around the world to look once more at the legacy of battle, the forces changing our world, and the struggles we face to make sense of them.