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Sat 2 May 2015, 3:00pm–5:00pm

Where: Te Awamutu RSA, 381 Alexandra St, Te Awamutu, Waipa

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Gold coin entrance: $1.00

The University of Waikato and the Te Awamutu & District Memorial RSA invite you to 'Sons of Empire,' a three-part public lecture series commemorating the 100th anniversary of WW1. Each weekly presentation delivers a unique New Zealand perspective of the First World War: the voices of our soldiers, from the battles and the trenches to their legacy of literature; the diaries, the images and the poetry that remain. This inaugural event will be launched at the Te Awamutu RSA by the University of Waikato's Dean from the Faculty of Arts and Social Science, Prof Robert Hannah. Light refreshments will be provided at the conclusion of this event.

Part 1: 'The Monstrous Anger of the Guns: Poetry, Protest, and WWI.'

Presenter: Dr Kirstine Moffat

Overview: In 'Anthem for Doomed' Youth Wilfred Owen evokes the horror of the WW1 trenches in which the Monstrous Anger of the Guns are the constant reality. This talk explores how English poets such as Owen, and his Canadian, Australian and New Zealand contemporaries, praise the courage of soldiers, nurses, and doctors, but increasingly protest against the cost of war.

About the presenter: Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Waikato where her research and publications focus primarily on nineteenth and early 20th century New Zealand settlement writing and culture.

Bookings: If you wish to attend this series please RSVP by emailing
or phone (07) 5775376, or 0272867454.

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