Oxford Brookes academic discusses the influence of the Great War on literature

Thursday, 08 November 2018

Dr Jane Potter

An Oxford Brookes academic has taken part in a series of interviews as part of the media’s coverage for Remembrance Day.

Dr Jane Potter, Reader in Arts at the University’s Oxford International Centre for Publishing, has taken part in wide range of public activities related to the First World War centenary.

I am proud to have had an opportunity to reach such a wide range of people and in having an impact in raising awareness of how literature and writing was affected by the war

Dr Jane Potter, Reader in Arts

Yesterday evening (7 November 2018), Dr Potter spoke about the writer Mary Borden on BBC Radio 3’s The Essay. The programme is available to listen to online and is part of a series focused on the impact of World War One on great artists through single works of art. Dr Potter provided her expertise on The Forbidden Zone, a depiction of nursing life at the Front by Mary Borden. 

The Oxford Brookes academic will also be an expert contributor on the Sky Arts programme The Pity of War: Poets at the Front to be broadcast this Sunday (6pm, 11 November 2018). Dr Potter is featured discussing Wilfred Owen and will also be speaking about the celebrated English poet and soldier for a range of BBC radio stations on the morning of Remembrance Sunday.

Dr Jane Potter commented: “There has been a far greater awareness of the First World War in 2018 as we mark 100 years since the end of the conflict. It has been a great opportunity to engage with a large number of programmes and events and offer insights drawn from my research.
“I am proud to have had an opportunity to reach such a wide range of people and in having an impact in raising awareness of how literature and writing was affected by the war.”

Other engagement activities include:
• being a contributor to BBC Radio 4’s World War One: The Cultural Front for a programme entitled The Return of the Soldier which is available to listen again online.
• writing a foreword to an illustrated edition of Wilfred Owen’s poem Dulce et Decorum Est by Martin Impey. The book was subsequently featured in an episode of the BBC’s Songs of Praise this month for which Dr Potter provided advice. 
• contributing the afterword to Pennies on My Eyes, a collection of Wilfred Owen’s poetry illustrated by artists. Dr Potter will also be speaking at two launch events this month.
• providing the introductory talk prior to a performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem at Guildford Cathedral in aid of the Halo Trust (Sunday 11 November 2018). 
• invited to be the guest speaker about First World War poetry at the annual Kingston Grammar School First World War Centenary Lecture (Monday 12 November 2018). 

Further information on Dr Jane Potter’s work can be found on her University profile page.