Project’s book launch to include a poetry recital

A new book including readings of poetry and soldiers’ memoirs from the First World War is being launched next week.

The book, The Response – The North East and the Great War 1914-18, gives readers a fascinating insight into both the civilian and military contribution of our region to the war effort.

A contribution well beyond the relative size of the area and which effectively turned the region into the ‘arsenal economy’ of the nation.

Illustrated with fascinating pictures and images, some never before published, the book will give readers an overview of the war as it involved the people of the north east.

The authors, Ruth Chittenden and Alan Fidler, will be present to sign copies of the book, price £5, at the launch in North Shields Customer First Centre at 2pm on Wednesday, October 8, and there will be readings of poetry and the memoirs.

The publication has been supported by North Tyneside Council’s Arts, Heritage and Museums Service; the North East Chamber of Commerce and Capita plc.

The poems will be recited by Jamie Brown, who played the part of an aspiring poet Private Henry Stevens in Peter Mortimer’s acclaimed play Death at Dawn, produced recently by the project and Cloud Nine Theatre Company at the Linskill Community Centre.

Jamie will also recite the poem by Peter Mortimer All warmth is fleeing – the poem ‘composed by Private Stevens in the trenches’.

The book can be purchased at North Shields Customer First Centre (library) and will shortly be available at other libraries and customer first centres in the borough.

The book can also be purchased from the project’s workroom at Linskill Community Centre and its Tynemouth shop, KeelRow Bookshop, North Shields, and online at where it is in the ‘Publications’ page.

Production of the book was done by Kimmerston Design Ltd of North Shields and it was printed by Potts Print (UK).

The project’s information centre in Front Street, Tynemouth, is open Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4pm until late autumn.

Anyone with information about anyone killed or died as a result of the war is asked to contact the project.

The project workroom at Room B9, Linskill Community Centre, Trevor Terrace, North Shields, is open from 10am to 4pm each weekday for visitors and for anyone interested to learn more about the project or how to get involved.

The address for correspondence is c/o Essell, 29 Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1AR.

To access the project database visit