100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War and 75th Anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War

On Saturday 13th Sept 2014, at St George’s Church

16:00 Seminar with Paul Oestreicher and Priya Basil: Lessons learned and still to be learned from 100 years of war.

(Part of the Internationales Literaturfestival Berlin programme, „Kultur des Vertrauens“.)

Paul Oestreicher, cofounder of Amnesty International meets Priya Basil. Priya Basil cofounded Authors for Peace a platform from which authors can actively use literature in different ways to promote peace. Priya wrote The Obscure Logic of the Heart, in which as an atheist she examines sympathetically the nature of faith, as a pacifist she seeks to work out the motives of men who enable the illegal arms trade to flourish, as a hopeless romantic she creates a heroine who loves passionately but cannot simply follow her heart. Priya is a supporter of the Control Arms Campaign. She is keen to be a more active advocate in getting all nations of the world to sign up to a legally binding Arms Trade Treaty.

19:00 Concert "Dulce et decorum est" English Poems and Songs from the World Wars

by Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves, Wilfred Owen, Ivor Gurney, George Butterworth, Gerald Finzi and others. With Eleanor Forbes, Dan Chadwick, Monica Solem, Stewart and Emerson.