“Two of Britain’s finest war poets – Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon – spent time at a hospital for officers with shell shock, in Edinburgh during 1917 and 1918. The episode inspired Pat Barker’s novel “Regeneration”, which has been made into a film. But now the hunt is on for some literary memorabilia produced at the time… the Craiglockhart War Hospital magazine.
It was called “The Hydra”. Wilfred Owen edited it. It published new work by both authors, and many other patients at the hospital. But no-one seems to have a complete set of all the magazines that were produced. Now Napier University, who own the Craiglockhart building, want to bring the magazine home, to add to their war poets collection. “ says BBC Scotland reporter Huw Williams.
I’ve been a huge fan (not a word usually associated with war poetry) all my adult life and The Hydra played an important part in the creation of some of the Twentieth Century’s greatest poetry.
If you happen to have a copy loafing under your bed or wedging the leg of the wobbly table in the dining room can you please let Napier University know.