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Evening Talk – 13th March 2018


‘Thank you Rifleman Bush, for bungling the Execution’.

An evening of reminiscence and poetry with Leo Aylen. 

6.15pm Tuesday 13 March 2018 in The Kincaid Gallery,

The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum.

Tickets for the talk, including a glass of wine plus canapés after the talk, cost £15.00 per person (£12.50 for Friends of the Museum). Please note: Tickets must be paid for before the talk. 

Leo Aylen, poet, author, actor, director, broadcaster and screenwriter was a National Service Subaltern with 2 KRRC in Germany. He will share his memories of amateur soldiering in the West’s front line forces in Germany confronting the threat of Russian invasion- a poet’s amused and bemused recollections of a few incidents and encounters, emphatically not military reminiscence, that lead into later encounters with war, soldiers and the poetry which arose out of them. His encounter with the Falklands War was a comedy of disconnected incidents; his encounter with the South African civil war was personal and painful. The poet-painter David Jones, author of ‘In Parenthesis’-probably the best of all the books written about life in the First World War trenches-specially requested that Leo Aylen should direct the film on his life and work ‘Steel Be My Sister’ which became the HTV entry for the Italia Prize. ‘Steel Be My Sister’ was rescreened in 2016 and 2017 and there are current discussions about screening it in America.

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