Writers Of The Somme (1 x 60′) – This documentary tells the story of the battle through the experiences and words of the poets and writers who took part. Using animation, readings and contributions from historians, poets, biographers and descendants, Writers Of The Somme shows how their writing was inspired by specific locations and events, ultimately changing the way people think about war itself.
It has been estimated that more poets and writers took part in the battle of the Somme than any other battle in history. A cohort of literary young men – including Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves, JRR Tolkien and Edmund Blunden – served in the same trenches, fought in the same attacks and produced a collection of poetry and prose that has shaped the way people remember the Great War. Their poems, memoirs and fiction don’t just relate what happened; they take readers into the moment, evoking what it felt like to be there. While the individual works stand alone, when taken together their accounts provide a unique patchwork of perspectives that allow people to make sense of this important battle.
Producer: BBC Productions, Bristol
Source: BBC press release