A War Poet who never went to War


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Celebrate the life and written words of English poet Cicely Fox Smith, at this enlightening presentation by Rob Barnes and friends. Feel that you’re a part of her personal experiences with those involved in World War 1, on land and at sea, through her evocative and emotional words, in this multimedia tribute to a poet for everyman.

About Cicely Fox Smith

Cicely Fox Smith was born in 1882, in the village of Lymm, between Warrington and Altrincham in Cheshire. In 1911, she travelled to British Columbia and it was there that she spent all her spare time soaking up the lives of those who worked at sea, learning about ships and all related maritime activity. This world would soon dominate her poetry and because of her in-depth knowledge, people assumed she was a man, signing her work C Fox Smith.

Her family returned to England in 1913 and most of her work was in support of Britain’s War effort and it was possibly the most prolific phase of her writing life.

About Rob Barnes

Rob Barnes was born in Sheffield and has lived in South Tyneside for the last 27 years. After retiring from a lifelong career in Information Technology he now reviews music for The Journal and the Chronicle, helping to promote NE culture. He has a passion for early 20th century writing and poetry and is a singer and guitarist.

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