Held to celebrate the launch of a new Reading-published
collection of Owen’s poems, this event will include:
short talks by the illustrators and Owen expert Dr Jane Potter
opportunities to follow the Wilfred Owen Trail (smartphone app and leaflet available)
Pennies on My Eyes celebrates the connection between Wilfred Owen and Reading. It is published by Two Rivers Press, and includes:
- a collection of Owen’s poems that shows how his themes
transcend the cataclysm of 1914-18 to touch our lives today
- illustrations by Reading artists that, like Owen’s words,
resonate with contemporary experience
- an afterword by Dr Jane Potter
Two Rivers Press was founded in 1994 by local artist Peter Hay and has so far issued over 70 titles. A significant part of its work explores and celebrates local history. It also publishes new editions of classic poems, especially those with a Reading connection, such as Oscar Wilde‘s The Ballad of Reading Gaol, and collections of contemporary poetry from resident poets.
Format: Paperback, 216x138mm, 56 pages, price: £9.99 ISBN: 978‑1‑909747‑44-9 publication: November 2018
Dr Jane Potter is Reader in Arts at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing at Oxford Brookes University. Her publications include Boys in Khaki, Girls in Print: Women’s Literary Responses to the Great War, 1914-1918 (Oxford University Press, 2005), Wilfred Owen: An Illustrated Life (Bodleian Library Publishing, 2014), and, with Carol Acton, Working in a World of Hurt: Trauma and Resilience in the Narratives of Medical Personnel in War Zones (Manchester University Press, 2015). With Jon Stallworthy, she edited Three Poets of the First World War: Ivor Gurney, Isaac Rosenberg, and Wilfred Owen (Penguin, 2011), and is currently editing a new edition of Wilfred Owen’s selected letters for Oxford University Press.