Fenland writers set to launch exciting book of artwork, poetry and individual tales from the First World War

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Two artists have teamed up to create a book about the First World War.

Richard Savage, of Chatteris, and Marian Savill, of March, are hosting an innovative launch event for their book on World War One, At the Going Down of the Sun.

Savage says that the event, at the Imperial War Museum Duxford on Monday November 17 from 2pm, will be a great spectacle.

“This is a truly unique event at a historic venue, and there will be an hour’s presentation from Marian and I,” says Savage. “This will include our actor Francis reading poetry and a video presentation.”

Participants also have the opportunity to meet Richard and Marian and receive a signed copy of the book, which has universal appeal.

“The Great War resonates with us as much today as it ever has done, it is recent history in the grand scheme of things,” says Savage.

“This is incredibly important to us- as soon as we forgot our history we are doomed to repeat it.”

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Savage also emphasises that the book can also provide a new perspective on this popular subject.

“There are things you will not have seen anywhere from armed incidents, to the medical aspect and even the home front,” he says. “This includes 30 pieces of original artwork and poetry, photos and songs from that time – it covers a lot of ground.”

Savage and Savill focus on the individuals who fought in the conflict, contextualising their contributions in the greater landscape of war.

“Though the war had a global impact, but we want to tell the enthralling story of the individuals who fought in it,” says Savage.

Co-writer Savill has been integral most notably through her extensive artistic contributions.

“She is a stunning artist, it has been a pleasure working with here on this project,” says Savage.

The two Fenland artists have certainly created a fascinating insight into the First World War, whilst providing a superb opportunity to delve further into this at the upcoming book launch.

At the Going Down of the Sun is being launched at Imperial War Museum Duxford on Monday November 17 at 2pm. Numbers are restricted for both presentations so please contact Richard Savage on 01354 696421 or ric@swage.net.

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