Marking 100 years since the Armistice in November 1918, Hay Festival Press is publishing an anthology of specially commissioned poems from countries that participated in World War One.
Modern-day poets have chosen a poem written by a First World War contemporary writer and have responded with a new work of their own.
Readings at Hay from these commissioned poets included Owen Sheers, who chose Wilfred Owen; Tishani Doshi responded to a letter from Kala Khan to Iltaf Hussain; Ulrike Almut Sandig selected Wilhelm Lehmann (translated by Karen Leeder); Evelyn Schlag referenced Georg Trakl (also translated by Karen Leeder); Mererid Hopwood echoed Hedd Wyn, and Margaret Atwood was inspired by John McCrae’s In Flanders' Field.
At Hay Festival the poems represented Wales, Canada, Germany, Austria and India; the collection, published this autumn, will include writers from Russia, France and Australia.
Pictured left to right: Owen Sheers, Valerie Rouzeau, Ulrike Almut Sandig, Evelyn Schlag, Mererid Hopwood, Tishani Doshi, Margaret Atwood