Armistice Poetry Project

To mark the Armistice in 1918 Hay Festival curated an International Poetry Project for 2018 with writers from around the world. Poets from some of the thirty-nine countries that participated in WW1 – Russia, France, Germany, Canada, Wales, Austria, India – were invited to write a poem as a response to a WW1 poem, 100 years on.

In May 2018 at Hay Festival in Wales many of the commissioned poets read their work at an Armistice Poetry Gala. Hay Festival launches the collection of poems, entitled The Echoes Last So Long: Commemorating the Armistice, as an ebook at Hay Festival 2019 on Thursday 23 May.

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Armistice Gala at Hay Festival 2018

The Echoes Last So Long: Commemorating the Armistice

Published by Hay Festival Press

The poets who have contributed to the Armistice Project and whose work features in the anthology:

Valérie Rouzeau (France) responds to Guillaume Apollinaire

Ulrike Almut Sandig (Germany) responds to Wilhelm Lehmann

Margaret Atwood (Canada) responds to John McCrae

Tishani Doshi (India) responds to Kala Khan (letter from a Punjabi Muslim to Iltaf Hussain, Bhatinda, Patiala, Punjab States)

Mererid Hopwood (Wales) responds to Hedd Wyn

Owen Sheers (Wales) responds to Wilfred Owen

Evelyn Schlag (Austria) responds to Georg Trakl

Maria Stepanova (Russia) responds to Inger Christensen’s alphabet as well as poems by Anne Carson, Marjorie Pickthall, Mayakovsky and Pushkin.

Watch again – the Armistice event live at Hay Festival 2018