Joseph Lee at the Pitlochry Winter Words Festival
Published on Mon 16 Feb 2015
Deputy Archivist Caroline Brown spoke about war poet and artist Joseph Lee at the Pitlochry Winter Words Festival last Sunday.
Caroline has edited, with Matthew Jarron, a new edition of Lee’s poetry written in the trenches of the First World War and illustrated with sketches by Lee. Ranked alongside Owen, Brooke and Sassoon, Joseph Lee was once regarded as one of Scotland's finest First World War poets. During the conflict his works were well known in Britain and around the world. Since then his powerfully evocative poems have become sadly neglected. This anthology of some of the best of his verse seeks to re-establish Lee as one of the major poets of the Great War.
At the Festival Caroline gave an outline of Lee’s life based on research into Lee’s diaries and papers which are held at the University Archive. Also speaking was Dr Keith Williams, Senior Lecture in English, who gave a critical appraisal of Lee’s poetry and Iain Brodie, a member of the Joot Theatre Company, who read some of the poems.
This new edition of Joseph Lee's poetry is available to buy from the Archives or online
For more information about Joseph Lee see the online exhibition