That is why my list of Female Poets of the First World War is so long and why it is growing. If you know of any poets I have left out please get in touch. I am still looking for poets from Siam - which is now called Thailand - for they sent troops and medics - and Africa, Greece and so on.
And I still haven't found my two Russian women soldier poets.
Today's poet is Bing Xin from China. Not many people seem to know about the tremendous work force that China contributed - they worked behind the scenes unloading ammunition and food supplies and water too - did you know that the water table in Belgium and France became contaminated very early on in the War? Because of that all our troops, medical staff and their helpers (many of whom were women) had to have water from Britain delivered in barrels - just imagine the headache of getting supplies over The Chanel in ships with German submarines waiting for them. The water then had to be boiled for drinking.
At the end of hostilities, the Chinese workers cleared away the mess. The Canadian artist Mary Riter Hamilton (who is one of my Inspirational Women in another section of the Exhibitions) went to Flanders to paint the Aftermath in 1919. She stayed for three years and lived in a little tin hut among the Chinese workers.
Bing Xin from China - 1900 - 1999
The Wilfred Owen Story, 34 Argyle Street, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH41 6AE throughout 2013 and at
The Ace Centre, Cross Street, Nelson, Lancashire BB9 7NN from 15th August - 3rd September 2013.
If you'd like to see an exhibition near you let me know and we will see what we can do.