A retired teacher and deputy head is set to give a series of talks on the literature of World War One at libraries in Ryedale and Scarborough.
Trevor Boag, who worked at Lady Lumley’s School, is hoping his talks will complement local commemorative events to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the war in August 1914 and the ensuing conflict which ended in November 1918.
Donations to the work of the Royal British Legion are invited at the end of each talk. The aims of the short talk are to show how literature reflects different and changing attitudes to the war; and to encourage people to borrow from the libraries’ resources in order to pursue their interest in the war which changed so many aspects of the early 20th century world.
Mr Boag said: “I hope that my talks will encourage people to find out more about their own family history and to reflect on the very significant effects that World War One has had on our lives today.”
The talks will be held as follows: tomorrow, 7pm, Kirkbymoorside Library; June 12, 7pm, Filey Library; July 1, 3.30pm, Scarborough Library; September 5, 7pm, Scalby Library; September 9, 7pm, Helmsley Library; September 18, 6.30pm, Derwent Valley Bridge Library; October 23, 2pm, Whitby Library; November 15, 2pm, Pickering Library; December 5, 6pm, Malton Library.