All England Waits: the context and a few images
I wandered out
into the meadow
I buried my face
in the grass for
and wished the earth
Between September,1939 and September, 1945, Britain was at war. Men left to fight and women took their places in offices, factories and on the land. It was a period of uncertainty, fear, and heightened emotion. In the first full year of the war there were 534,000 weddings, nearly 40,000 more than in 1939, and 125,000 more than in 1938.
‘All England Waits’ was made in response to love letters from WWII housed in the Imperial War Museum archives. Written by women, they were sent to husbands, boyfriends and fiancees serving overseas.
The work offers the audience an opportunity to reflect on the realities of war from the perspective of the women who were left behind. The work articulates something of the experience of women in wartime, and yet also transcends this context to speak more generally about love and the fear of loss.
2014 will see the 70th anniversary of D-Day.
‘All England Waits’ as a book currently exists in dummy form. I am currently working on transforming it into an edition that would be available for purchase.
Please visit 'The Book' section on this website to see the full work in a video.