Thursday, 29 August 2013

Today's Poet is from South Africa

Edith L.M. King (1871 - 1962).  Edith was born in Pietermaritzberg in Natal.

South Africa answered the call during WW1 and troops from South Africa fought alongside British troops.

There were also fronts on the Continent of Africa during WW1.  An excellent book on the subject is "The Forgotten Front  The East African Campaign" by Ross Anderson, published by Tempus Publishing, Stroud, 2004.

I am still looking for women poets who lived during the First World War from

Kenya, Uganda, The Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and Nigeria

as well as the West Indies, Palastine, Luxembourg and Thailand (Siam).

To be included in my project, the poems do not have to be about the War, nor written during that period, but the poets do have to have been old enough to write poetry.   Included in Volume I of "Female Poets of the First World War" are several poems written by schoolgirls in Britain during WW1 and they are extremely good.  For details of the book, please see www.poshupnorth.com

Every day brings a revelation.  Onwards!

My grateful thanks to the Western Front Association for their wonderful website and their kind help.

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