"From Pembrokeshire to Passchendaele and Perth: my family in the Great War" – UWTSD to host special lecture to mark the centenary of Armistice


To mark the centenary of Armistice the University of Wales Trinity Saint David will host a special lecture by Professor Tony Curtis in Carmarthen next week. 

 Tony Curtis

In the centenary year of the ending of the First World War, Professor Tony Curtis will present the talk in his birth town. Entitled “From Pembrokeshire to Passchendaele and Perth: my family in the Great War” the talk’s narrative will begin in the small Pembrokeshire village of Llangwm before focussing on the battles of the Western Front and the family links to Perth, Kenya and contemporary film-making Hollywood. The Barrah and Curtis families fought with some of the most notable writers and artists of the early 20th century including Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves, Henry Moore, Vaughan Williams, Otto Dix and David Jones.

Born in Carmarthen in 1946, Prof. Tony Curtis is the author of several collections of poetry, including War Voices (1995); The Arches (1998); Heaven’s Gate (2001) and Crossing Over (2007). Currently, he is Emeritus Professor of Poetry at the University of South Wales where he established Creative Writing in the 1980s and directed the M.Phil In Writing for many years. In 2001 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was awarded a D. Litt in 2004. He has toured extensively giving poetry readings and lectures and won the 1993 Dylan Thomas Award and a Cholmondeley Award in 1997. He lives in Barry, South Wales.

Dr Lester Mason is a Modern History lecturer at UWTSD and one of the talk’s organisers. He said:
“I’m very much looking forward to having the opportunity to welcome Tony back to Carmarthen once again. The town is very special to him and it will be an honour to hear more about his family’s contribution to the Great War but also to have the opportunity to mark the centenary of Armistice. Every region and nation in Britain served in the war and suffered huge losses. This will be an opportunity to trace some of the untold and remarkable stories of the Great War.

This year is a special year of remembrance as the war to end all wars is commemorated after one hundred years. The history of Tony’s family is a very interesting one and we’re very much looking forward to welcoming him here to UWTSD.” 

Tony Curtis Poster English

The Lecture will be held on November 7 at 7pm in room HG005 at the University’s Old College Building, Carmarthen. For further details please contact Dr Lester Mason – l.mason@uwtsd.ac.uk 

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