Dispatches from the front
Panel discussions exploring the literature associated with the First World War.
4:06 pm during 4' til 8
Kate Camp discusses Testament of Youth, the first instalment of Vera Brittain's memoirs, published in 1933.
Kate Camp discusses The Storm of Steel, the memoir of German officer Ernst Jünger's experiences on the Western Front during the First World War.
Kate Camp discusses We Will Not Cease by Archibald Baxter, the 1939 autobiography of a New Zealand conscientious objector during World War I.
Kevin Clements is the chair of the Archibald Baxter Memorial Trust, which was formed to remember New Zealand's best-known conscientious objector. The trust has plans to honour Archibald Baxter and other conscientious objectors from New Zealand during these centennial years (2014–18). These include the creation of a memorial garden, an annual peace lecture and an essay competition for secondary school students.
Wallace Chapman and Kevin Clements discuss how Baxter, the father of poet James K Baxter, was transported to France and exposed to the horrors of frontline warfare, and his legacy of principled resistance.
Kate Camp discusses the novel of Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf.
Kate Camp discusses All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, translated from the German by Brian Murdoch, originally published in 1929 as Im Westen Nichts Neues.