Ludlow Arts: Word

Ludlow Arts: Word

Why be poetic?

Life & Learning @ Ludlow

Thursday 9 January
10:00am — 12:00noon

Ludlow Mascall Centre

A lecture by Revd Canon Mark Oakley

In a world of fake news, truth decay and fictitious facts, what role does poetry have? Is it just for those who are emotionally drawn to it or might it have vital importance for our times? And where does poetry fit in to religious faith? Is it just a difficult language used by those who want to be vague or is it the essential antidote to the curse of literalism that is found in much religion? Mark Oakley will explore these questions with fun and frankness.

The Revd Canon Mark Oakley is Dean of St John's College, Cambridge, and Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Kings College London. He is the author of several books examining the relationship between faith and poetry including The Splash of Words: Believing in Poetry and his recent My Sour Sweet Days: George Herbert and the Journey of the Soul. A collection of his sermons, By Way of the Heart, was also published in August 2019. He is an active supporter of human rights, an Ambassador for Stop Hate UK and a Trustee of the Civil Liberties Trust. Rowan Williams has recently described him as ‘one of the most distinctive, intelligent and refreshing voices in the Church of England’.

Tickets: £8.00 (including morning coffee)

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Mark Oakley Revd Canon Mark Oakley