Royal College of Nursing Library & Archive – live reading of ‘Letters Home from War’

26 June 2017 | Pamela Linden

Emails from the Edge: Letters Home from War

Wednesday 5 July, 18:00 – 20:00, Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, London

Find out more about life on ops past and present through this reading of genuine letters and emails from defence nurses to their friends and families, from the First World War to Afghanistan. Letters from the archive, such as Pat Moody’s notes written from ‘the same bloody hospital’, offer an entertaining, and often sardonic, account of life as a military nurse in the Second World War. Today, letters have largely become emails: yet the accounts of currently serving nurses are no less affecting. This live reading recounts the truly human story of healthcare in conflict situations.

Letters will include those from the RCN’s ‘Service Scrapbooks’ project, conserving and digitising the scrapbooks and diaries of First World War nurses including Mabel Pearce, Florence Blythe-Brown and Hilda Hand. The evening will end with a performance by RCN writer in residence Molly Case, of poetry inspired by the RCN collections.

The event is free but booking is required via Eventbrite.