THOSE in attendance at the latest Midhurst U3A meeting were treated to a fascinating lecture from a special guest speaker.
Midhurst U3A held its second annual heritage lecture in the Jacobean Room of the Spread Eagle Hotel where Max Egremont spoke to a capacity audience on Siegfried Sassoon and the first world war.
Max is the author of a highly-acclaimed biography of Sassoon and drawing on his research, he described the life of the poet and his experience in the trenches.
He lectured on the war poets and their unique insight into the period.
Through language they portrayed the horror and reality of war and as it progressed, for Sassoon, its futility.
The poet was in many ways destroyed by it, both mentally and physically, although he went on to live a long and creative life.
The past, both private and public, haunted him until his death in 1967.
Max Egremont’s book, Some Desperate Glory: The First World War the Poets Knew, has just been published and there was the opportunity to purchase the new book and his biography of Siegfried Sassoon and have it signed by the author.
A glass of wine followed the talk and the lively conversation confirmed the success of the lecture.
Midhurst U3A has a varied programme of monthly general meetings and talks, trips and activities.
The group was founded in 1994 and has grown into a thriving organisation with more than 380 members.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the U3A group. New members are always welcome.
For further information about meetings, events and talks, visit the website at www.midhurstu3a.org.uk