All the way home
In April 2017 Mary Evans Picture Library invited poet Jane Clarke to write a sequence of poems in response to the Auerbach family archive belonging to Patricia Aubrey and represented by the library. Consisting of family photos, documents and other items, the collection offers a unique insight into how the First World War affected the members of this family, in particular Patricia's uncle, Albert Auerbach, who died in action in September 1918, and her aunt Lucy, who survived the war and lived on into the early 1970s.
Albert and his sister Lucy were close and, alongside the photos, Albert's letters from his overseas postings have been a particular source of inspiration for Jane, giving a detailed insight into the minutiae of a soldier's daily life in wartime.
Jane's poetry collection, All the Way Home, has been published this month with book launches in Dublin, Manchester and in London at West Greenwich Library.
Buy the book here, and view a selection from the Auerbach
Photos by Paul Brown.