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Ghosts of War - A war poems anthology

What is this?

​This is a history resource based on a book of Scottish war poetry called Ghosts of War​.

Who is this for?

This is for secondary history practitioners​.

The book, ‘Ghosts of War: A History of World War I in Poetry and Prose​​’, was published as the commemorations to mark the centenary​ of the end of the First World War (WW1) were drawing to a close​. It has a foreword by the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon. The author, Andrew Ferguson has offered a copy of the book free to any school in Scotland who would like a copy. See download documents for details.

The learning activities were written to support the use of this book by practitioners and to encourage learners to engage with the war poetry of Scottish poets. This marks the end of the commitment of Education Scotland to supporting the WW1 commemorations.

Improvement questions​​

  • Are learners aware of the contribution to poetry of the Scottish war poets during the 1st World War?
  • How might this work extend learner's understanding of the Scottish contribution to the 1st World War?


PDF file: Ghosts of War - learning activities (444 KB)


PDF file: Ghost of War - Background notes (350 KB)