Saturday, 24 August 2013

Today's Poet - Maria Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska (1891 - 1945) - Poland

Before I begin, I would like to thank everyone involved in the Ashes Cricket Matches - especially the people behind the scenes whose hard work never reaches our screens.  It's been amazing - thank you all.

Today's Female Poet of the First World War is Maria Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska who was born in Krakow on 24th November 1891.

During WW1, Poland did not exist as we know it today - parts of the country were Russian, parts Austro-Hungarian and parts Prussian.

Maria was born in the area known then as 'Congress Poland' which was under Russian rule.

In 1915, Maria married an officer in the Austrian Army but the marriage was annulled.   She later married a writer - Jan Pawlikowski.   In the 1930s Maria and her husband went to live in Blackpool.

Maria is one of the poets who will be featured in the forthcoming exhibition at Fleetwood Library from 1st October 2013 until 11th November 2013.