Violet Jacob’s Hallowe’en

Poet and novelist, Violet Jacob’s words in her poem Hallowe’en. Appearing in Country Life in 1920 and with the memories of World War One firmly in the minds of her readers, Jacob calls on a ‘poignant contemporary sadness’ of Hallowe’en in the post-war years. Her words are given greater poignancy in knowing they were written following the great tragedy of her only son’s death in the Battle of the Somme.

Sheena Wellington and Karine Polwart singing the poignant song of remembrance, Halloween – Jim Reid’s setting of the Violet Jacob poem, written on hearing the news of the death of her son in The Battle of the Somme.
Violet Jacob received an honorary degree from Edinburgh University in 1936.
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