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Shell Shocked Britain – The First World War & inter-generational trauma

Originally posted on let's talk!:
As we approach the first Remembrance or Armistice Day commemorations of the First World War centenary  it is appropriate to be mindful of what exactly we are marking on Sunday, and on the 11th…

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Is Britain still “Shell-Shocked”? A question for World Mental Health Day

Originally posted on Zen and the art of tightrope walking:
Today I am hosting a guest post for my friend Suzie. ? Suzie Grogan is a London-born professional writer and researcher in the fields of social and family history and…

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The Courage of Cowards – Conscientious Objectors in the First World War

Today I am lucky to be hosting a guest blog by writer Karyn Burnham whose book The Courage of Cowards: The Untold Stories of First World War Conscientious Objectors was published by Pen & Sword Books earlier this year. I … Continue reading

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No need for endings yet: a poem for late summer by Jennifer Grotz

A poem by Jennifer Grotz to celebrate late summer before the autumn equinox
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‘I opened up the window and in flew Enza..: How Spanish ‘flu added to Great War heartache

In Shell Shocked Britain: The First World War’s legacy for Britain’s mental health, I examine a number of different causes of the trauma experienced by British society as a whole during and after the conflict. I also acknowledge that we should not … Continue reading

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One Perfect Thursday Love Poem, with Dorothy Parker

Originally posted on The Dad Poet:
We’re due for another Thursday Love poem feature, and so in the spirit of “Thursday,” a sort-of love poem by one of my poetic heroines, Edna St. Vincent Millay, I give you a piece…

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A Great War poem for August 2014: MCMXIV (1914) by Philip Larkin

As the weeks fly by and publication of Shell Shocked Britain approaches, I have been turning to poetry in an (often vain) attempt to relax and clear my mind of proofs and tweets and the general organisation of the launch. … Continue reading

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