John Edgell Rickword is probably the most influential literary figure you have never heard of. Join us for a fascinating talk about the life and times of this radical Essex writer, a hidden gem of the county’s literary heritage. Born in Colchester in 1898, Rickword thrived on early socialist writers such as William Morris and Jack London before being thrown into the maelstrom of the First World War, serving on the Western Front.
His trench poetry dealt with the inhumanity of war and the love of his fellow soldiers in equal measure. This intriguing character went on to political activism against colonialism and imperialism and to become an influential critic of modernist poetry and writing.
He was a publisher in many spheres and made a major contributions in the culture wars against the growing threat of fascism.
Speaker: Local journalist and writer Brian Denny, author of The Definitive Strike – The Great 1919 Railway Strike