The 2014 season of 14-18 NOW launched this morning from a press conference on HMS President.
Jenny Waldman, Director of 14-18 NOW introduced the programme, which is commissioning artists to create new work reflecting on the impact and legacy of the First World War, as part of the UK-wide Centenary commemorations. Jenny was joined by Maria Miller, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Diane Lees from Imperial War Museums, Vikki Heywood, Chairman of 14-18 NOW and Dame Jenny Abramsky and Simon Mellor, who spoke on behalf of principal funders Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England.
Writers Kate Pullinger & Neil Bartlett also introduced LETTER TO AN UNKNOWN SOLDIER, a nationwide participatory project inspired by the Paddington Station statue of a soldier reading a letter. You are invited to write your own letter to him. Visit the LETTER TO AN UNKNOWN SOLDIER to find how you can add your voice to the project and read letters already written by writers including Andrew Motion, Caryl Churchill and Daljit Nagra.