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Guillaume Apollinaire: A French Poet at War 1914 - 1918

Blacks Club - 67 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 4QH

With writer and biographer David Hunter

Guillaume Apollinaire is now recognised as France’s greatest WW1 poet. His vivid, often highly erotic, poems were inspired by his service as an artilleryman and infantry officer on the Champagne front, as well as by two passionate wartime love affairs. In the centenary year of both the signing of the Armistice and Apollinaire’s death, this talk will reflect on the poet’s life and work during 1914-1918. It will explore how his poetry provided a different vocabulary for writing about the Great War and what it can tell us about France’s distinctive experience of the conflict. The talk will be accompanied by readings of a selection of poems in French with English translations.

David Hunter has worked as a writer and editor. His short guide to French versification was published by Oxford University Press and more recently his biography Apollinaire in the Great War 1914-1918 was produced by Peter Owen Publishers. He is a long-standing Trustee of the Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation.

Marie-Pierre Pérez studied at both the Conservatoire d'Art Dramatique in Orléans and La Sorbonne University in Paris. She has performed as a leading actor and led many French drama workshops. She has also taught French in London for the past eleven years at several higher education institutions, including City University.

Portrait of Guillaume Apollinaire by Hervé Constant

How to Book

The event will be held from 6.30pm on Monday 19th November at Blacks Club, 67 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 4QH. The talk itself will commence promptly at 7.00pm, and should last about an hour.

Space at the event is strictly limited. RSVP in advance to to reserve a place, indicating whether or not you are a Member of Blacks.

These will be allocated on a strictly first come, first served basis. Please reserve your place now to avoid disappointment!

The event will cost £10 per person on the door, payable to R&V either by cheque or in cash.