Rupert Brooke’s Poetry at Shillingstone Station

Rupert Brooke's Poetry at Shillingstone Station
WhenJune 3, 2023 at 14:00
WhereShillingstone Station, Shillingstone
Station Road
Shillingstone, Blandford Forum
Dorset
DT11 0SA

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Rupert Brooke spent much of his time in Dorset including at Lulworth and Bournemouth. In 1914 he joined the Hood Battalion of the Royal Naval Division which was stationed at Blandford Camp in November that year. It was here that he wrote one of his most famous poems: “The Soldier,” which was published in February 1915. On 25 February 1915, Hood Battalion marched from Blandford Camp to Shillingstone Station where a train took them to Avonmouth and onwards by ship to Gallipoli. Rupert Brooke died from an infected mosquito bite in the Aegean on 23 April 1915.

David Caddy will lead a short walk along the North Dorset Trailway, including some of the route Hood Battalion would have taken in 1915. He will give a talk about Rupert Brooke and read his poems in a vintage restored railway carriage at Shillingstone Station.

The event will start and finish at Shillingstone Station.

The North Dorset Railway is a heritage standard gauge railway based at Shillingstone Station. It was opened in 1862 and operated as part of the Somerset and Dorset Railway before being closed by the Beeching cuts in 1966. The station and carriages have been restored by volunteers who operate a small museum, shop and cafe.

Refreshments (additional charge) are available from the cafe, and there are toilets. The museum is free but donations are welcome.

David Caddy is a writer, critic, editor, and poetry mentor. He has published books of poetry, essays, and travel writing. He has edited the independent, international literary journal, Tears in the Fence since 1984. His next book of poetry, Interiors and Other Poems, will be published by  Books in 2023. Another collection concerned with the environmental importance of ponds, Pond Life, is forthcoming in 2024. His other books include The Bunny Poems (Shearsman Books), So Here We Are: Essays on English Poetry (Shearsman Books) and Cycling After Thomas And The English (Spout Hill Press, USA). He was the co-author of London: City of Words (Blue Island) with Westrow Cooper, and has worked as a literary and editorial advisor for various organisations.

He leads an online and physical meeting poetry workshop, a mentoring and critical service, teaches writing and critical reading at Bryanston School, and has directed the annual Tears in the Fence Festival since 2011. He has given readings, talks and workshops internationally since 1994, and is widely regarded as a leading authority in English poetry. His current research interests include multilingual poetry, environmental poetry, and primitive poetry.


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Rupert Brooke’s Poetry at Shillingstone Station


This event has SOLD OUT!
Join the waiting list on EventBrite, who will let you know if any cancellations come up.

Rupert Brooke spent much of his time in Dorset including at Lulworth and Bournemouth. In 1914 he joined the Hood Battalion of the Royal Naval Division which was stationed at Blandford Camp in November that year. It was here that he wrote one of his most famous poems: “The Soldier,” which was published in February 1915. On 25 February 1915, Hood Battalion marched from Blandford Camp to Shillingstone Station where a train took them to Avonmouth and onwards by ship to Gallipoli. Rupert Brooke died from an infected mosquito bite in the Aegean on 23 April 1915.

David Caddy will lead a short walk along the North Dorset Trailway, including some of the route Hood Battalion would have taken in 1915. He will give a talk about Rupert Brooke and read his poems in a vintage restored railway carriage at Shillingstone Station.

The event will start and finish at Shillingstone Station.

The North Dorset Railway is a heritage standard gauge railway based at Shillingstone Station. It was opened in 1862 and operated as part of the Somerset and Dorset Railway before being closed by the Beeching cuts in 1966. The station and carriages have been restored by volunteers who operate a small museum, shop and cafe.

Refreshments (additional charge) are available from the cafe, and there are toilets. The museum is free but donations are welcome.

David Caddy is a writer, critic, editor, and poetry mentor. He has published books of poetry, essays, and travel writing. He has edited the independent, international literary journal, Tears in the Fence since 1984. His next book of poetry, Interiors and Other Poems, will be published by  Books in 2023. Another collection concerned with the environmental importance of ponds, Pond Life, is forthcoming in 2024. His other books include The Bunny Poems (Shearsman Books), So Here We Are: Essays on English Poetry (Shearsman Books) and Cycling After Thomas And The English (Spout Hill Press, USA). He was the co-author of London: City of Words (Blue Island) with Westrow Cooper, and has worked as a literary and editorial advisor for various organisations.

He leads an online and physical meeting poetry workshop, a mentoring and critical service, teaches writing and critical reading at Bryanston School, and has directed the annual Tears in the Fence Festival since 2011. He has given readings, talks and workshops internationally since 1994, and is widely regarded as a leading authority in English poetry. His current research interests include multilingual poetry, environmental poetry, and primitive poetry.


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