Ebury is hoping to have unearthed the talents of a new generation of war poets as it publishes a collection of verses, selected by a panel including poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, to coincide with Armistice Day.
Ebury Press publishing director Carey Smith acquired UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) from Roger Field at the Roger Field Agency. The idea for the book, Heroes: 100 Poems by the New Generation of War Poets, began in 2010, when poet and former Coldstream Guards soldier John Jeffcock invited contributions from across the forces, with the backing of the Ministry of Defence.
The final collection contains poems by veterans as well as their families, including one by an 11-year-old daughter of a soldier.
Poet laureate Duffy is judging the entries along with the author Simon Day, General Sir Richard Dannatt and Jeffcock. Half of Jeffcock’s proceeds will be donated to the Army Benevolent Fund. The hardback book, priced at £10, will be published on 11th November.
Smith said: “As Brooke, Owen and Sassoon spoke for the generation who lost loved ones in the time of the First World War, these writers speak to those who have lost friends and family in our time.” She added the book was “very moving” and would appeal to all those affected by war.