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. Hay Festival will publish the collection of poems, entitled The Echoes Last So Long: Commemorating the Armistice.
To be published by Hay Festival Press
The poets who have contributed to the Armistice Project and whose work will be featured 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.