Taking a literary look at the First World War in Haworth

Luke Spencer and Charmian Knight (left) lead the First World War discussion group at West Lane Baptist Church

Luke Spencer and Charmian Knight (left) lead the First World War discussion group at West Lane Baptist Church

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Haworth visitors took a literary look at the First World War.

The Bronte Society hosted a study day showcasing the writings of men and women who were inspired by the conflict.

The event, entitled War On Words, is part of the Bronte Parsonage Museum’s season to commemorate the war’s centenary.

Charmian Knight and Luke Spencer, who regularly lead educational sessions for the society, worked with about 15 students.

Luke discussed work written by some of the best-known poets of the First World War, who included the likes of Wilfred Owen.

Charmian explored the writings of women, both during the war and in the years after it.

Bronte Parsonage Museum arts officer Louisa Briggs said: “There were people who were specifically interested in literature around the First World War, as well as people with a general interest.”

Louisa said Charmian explored the work of both well-known writers like Virginia Woolf, as well as those who most people would not be familiar with.

She added: “Everyone’s lives were affected by the war. Some of the writing was a reflection on the war written afterwards.”

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