Strange Meetings - Wilfred Owen's Half-known Roads

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Paul Farley investigates the people and places that shaped Wilfred Owen's life and work.

He visits Broxton in Cheshire where Owen first felt called to poetry; Dunsden in Oxfordshire where, working for the vicar, Owen lost his faith but developed his empathy with the poor; Craiglockhart, the hospital for shell-shocked soldiers in Edinburgh, where Owen met Siegfreid Sassoon and developed his true voice; and he climbs to the attic room in Ripon where Owen wrote some of his most powerful poems.

Paul talks to the people living in these places now, historians, experts and Owen's biographer.

Finally, he goes to the Sambre-Oise canal, where Owen was killed, and his grave in nearby Ors.