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Anglia Ruskin Lecturer Ian Bennett's New App Explores the Works of Poet Wilfred Owen

Ian Bennett Anglia Ruskin

Published: 22nd July 2014.

A university lecturer has designed and built a new iPad app which explores the works of the poet, Wilfred Owen.

Ian Bennett, a lecturer in film and media at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, decided he wanted to use 21st century technology to showcase the works of Owen in the centenary year of the First World War.

Forty five of the poet’s works are featured on the app.

Mr Bennett, who lives in Mepal Road, Sutton, said: “Owen was such a towering figure that it was felt that his work should be brought into a digital age.

“This was not to be just another rendering of his words but one that could more fully utilise the space afforded by a digital device, so audio, video, interactivity and imagery are included to bring another dimension to the work.

“So for those studying the topic or whose interest has been sparked by the forthcoming commemorative events, this app will provide a rich and engaging experience, one that will ‘breathe’ additional life into an already powerful and emotive set of work.”

Owen, a poet acclaimed for the poignancy of his writing, was killed in action at the age of 25, just one week before the Armistice in 1918. He’d returned to the Western Front after treatment for shell shock.

All 45 poems on the app are read by women from a wide variety of backgrounds, some with connections to the armed forces.

Source: Cambridge News


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