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Vera Brittain - A Talk by Shirley Williams

Baroness Shirley Williams talks movingly about her mother - Vera Brittain - whose activities helped shape the political landscape in the in the early years of the 20th Century

Brittain's pioneering war memoir Testament of Youth still continues to make impact 80 years after it was first published.

It was the result of immense tenacity and courage that at the outbreak of the First World War, Brittain abandoned a hard fought battle to study at Oxford University to do her bit as a volunteer nurse in France.

While there she witnessed at first-hand the horrors and tragedies of trench warfare. She lost her fiance, brother and two closest male friends in the 'war to end all wars'. In her outrage and pain she wrote Testament of Youth, determined that everyone should realise the futility of these and other  deaths. It resonates to this day as does Brittain's assertion that unjust war is an abomination.


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Nov 27, 2014, 19:30 hrs

Vera Brittain - A Talk by Shirley Williams

Cheddar Arts
Kings Theatre
Station Road
BS27 3AQ

Jan 17, 2019, 19:30 hrs

Vera Brittain - A Talk by Shirley Williams

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre