9 – 13 November, Kentish Town: Opponents of the First World War from around the world will be celebrated in a five-day art and poetry exhibition at the Torriano Meeting House (99 Torriano Avenue, NW5 2RX)  in Kentish Town next week. The event features the acclaimed art work of Camden-born artist Emily Johns , and will be accompanied by a free talk at the same venue at 7pm on Thursday 12 November.
The exhibition, which runs daily 11am – 4pm from Monday 9 November to Friday 13 November, consists of ten ‘people’s history’ art posters by Emily Johns , and eight poem / song posters by a variety of poets and songwriters including Anna Robinson , Alan Brownjohn , Dan Kennedy, Krysia Mansfield and the winner of the Welsh bardic Chair and Crown, Mererid Hopwood .
Stories featured in the posters include:
- the Maori princess who led the war’s most effective act of collective resistance;
- the Lancashire mid-wife who confronted a 15,000-strong pro-war mob to demand peace negotiations;
- the Hungarian feminist whose whirlwind of anti-war activity helped to keep the small neutral countries out of the war; and
- the German soldiers who disobeyed orders to expose the Armenian genocide.
Emily Johns said: “The British government and military have been trying to use the First World War centenary to push the idea that military heroism whilst obeying orders is a uniquely noble form of self-sacrifice. It is therefore especially important to reclaim the histories of those, on all sides and none – and including both soldiers and conscientious objectors – who opposed the senseless carnage of the First World War and instead campaigned for peace.”
 http://www.literaturewales.org/writers-of-wales/i/133615/desc/hopwood-mererid and http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/articles/2010-07-25/Bardic-high-achievers/