Cultural Arts CelebrationWeek: “Touching Heaven and Earth: The British Trench Poets on Life and Death in World War 1”

Join us on Monday, October 21, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. in Green Hall, Room 211 as Dr. Tim Hayes and Tah Vanee Joseph-Burton present “Touching Heaven and Earth: The British Trench Poets on Life and Death in World War 1” 

In July 1914, almost overnight, the entire European continent was at war. Millions of men would fight and die in this unprecedented conflict. Some of them were poets before they went to war; others became poets in response to the horrors they saw. In this lecture, we’ll consider the work of what we now call the “Trench Poets,” a group of British soldiers who lived and fought on the thin line dividing Heaven and Earth and sought to share their experience with those who would never see this terrifying war up close.

Dr. Tim Hayes serves as Chair of the Department of English at Chowan University. He teaches courses in composition, British literature, and world literature. He has published articles about the works of Robert Louis Stevenson and J.M. Barrie in publications like English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920 and The Journal of Stevenson Studies. His most recent article appears in the essay collection The Land of Story-Books: Scottish Children’s Literature in the Long Nineteenth Century. Beyond campus, he is a proud uncle to a niece and two nephews, a committed member of Celebration Christian Church in Suffolk, Virginia, and President of the Murfreesboro Rotary Club.

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