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Conference to highlight the writing of women during times of war

The writing of women during wartime will be the focus of a conference at the National Memorial Arboretum.

The Remembering and Writing Women’s Wartime Lives conference is being organised by the Women’s History Network, the Arboretum and the University of Worcester. It will take place on Saturday (March 15).

A spokesperson said: “Women have written about war at the time and in retrospect. They have been journalists, kept diaries and written committee minutes.

“For some writing was an escape from the restrictions and limitations of their everyday lives. Others wrote letters to their family or friends from whom they were separated and it became part of their war effort boosting the morale of the armed forces.”

Among the topics set to be discussed are:

  • Life Writing, autobiographies and memoirs of war and conflict.
  • Women’s wartime diaries.
  • Poetry and fiction by or about women and war.
  • Journalists and War reporters.
  • Letter Writing and troop morale.

The event runs from 10.15am to 3.45pm and admission is £15, which includes lunch and refreshments. For details, email

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