Poetry: Norah Hanson on BBC Poetry Please

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The poem Grafters, by the award-winning Catholic poet Norah Hanson, from her book Sparks, will be read on BBC Radio 4's Poetry Please today, Sunday 28 January at 4.30pm.

One of Hull's most important modern poets, Norah Hanson was born in Hull, in 1937, and has been a proud resident ever since. She spent her working life teaching in secondary schools, then turned to writing after her retir...

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Poems for Blue Monday: Hope in Dark Places

A new collection of poems by Anglican priest Rev David Grieve, is being launched today at Durham Cathedral for 'Blue Monday'. This gloomy title assigned to the third Monday in January is due to a combination of post-Christmas blues, cold dark nights and the arrival of unpaid credit card bills.

'Hope in Dark Places' is a 50-page collection of poems about depression and Christianity. David ...

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Believing in poetry in a secular age

If we live in a secular age, you wouldn't know it from our poetry. Not only are some of the greatest poets of recent years overtly Christian, such as Geoffrey Hill and Les Murray, but many who are not remain drawn to and fascinated by "the soul in paraphrase, heart in pilgrimage." Michael Symmons Roberts is one of the leading English poets writing today, his work having won the For...

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Poem: Manchester

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Manchester They have gone ahead of us, for they felt the danger we were in and gave all they had to keep us from hate. Hate can hurt their happiness, but nothing can hurt their hope. They have left the currency of sorrow. There is nothing left that is small, or trivial, or unimportan...

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Poems for Zimbabwe

ZANE (Zimbabwe a National Emergency) is a small charity which does great work in Zimbabwe, working with more than 2,600 elderly, often very lonely, people to whom they give aid, support and encouragement.

ZANE funded the first clubfoot correction programme in Zimbabwe. Eleven treatment centres have been established and over 2,110 children have received treatment to date. The ch...

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Calais Poem: This WAS our Church

'This WAS our Church'

To the Church of St Michael in the Jungle, Calais

'Our prayers have risen to the Lord Not in a glorious building But in a tent which has been an a symbol of hope To so many trapped in the jungle around us. We have been a haven of solace and peace g...

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Swords into Ploughshares

He was priest, prophet, poet and prisoner.

Anti-war campaigner, with brother Phil

Using homemade napalm to burn draft files.


Pounding on nuclear missile, nose cones

With their Nazare...

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Modern day Epiphany

Now the scraps are all that's left For lucky dog and compost bin. Cellar and fridge are both bereft, Save for an inch of sherry and gin.

In olden days the feasting lasted 

Long beyond the Equinox. But now December's scarce departed Than we're told we should detox.

"I was given...

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Calling all poets

"A faith without works, a faith that doesn't get you involved, isn't faith. It is words and nothing more than words." - Pope Francis

CAFOD is looking for a keen lyricist to write and perform a spoken word poem which inspires young people to put their faith into action and to become leaders for change. The poem will form part of a video resource that the charity i...

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London: Poetry workshops with Sarah de Nordwall

Writing your own poetry, even if you've never tried it before, can be a great way of deepening your own spiritual life. At St Mary of the Angels Parish in Bayswater, central London, a group called 'Creativity to Contemplation' has been attracting participants from as far away as Somerset. The sessions are facilitated by performance poet and bard Sarah de Nordwall, whose unique brand of Stand Up...

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Poem: 'Winter wakeneth all my care'

The blogger A Clerk of Oxford has posted this beautiful mediaeval poem as we enter the darkest days of winter and the season of Advent::

Wynter wakeneth al my care, Nou this leves waxeth bare; Ofte I sike ant mourne sare When hit cometh in my thoght Of this worldes joie, hou hit goth al to noht....

Read on here: http://aclerkofoxford.blogsp...

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Father Rob Esdaile: 'Renew, Refresh, Rejoice'

‘The Round Church’ is the popular name for the Catholic Church of Our Lady of Lourdes on Hampton Court Way, Thames Ditton, west London, and it will be 50 years old in 2015. So parishioners are undertaking a vast effort to raise £250,000 for the repair and renewal of their church buildings.

With a target like that to aim at, it’s ‘all hands to the pump’. Events range from the re...

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Listen: Poetry Retreat with Gerard Manley Hopkins

This beautiful series of reflections, produced by Pray-as-you-go, is based on the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins. Beginning with an introduction on the life of this extraordinary Jesuit poet, each eight-minute session then focusses on an individual work.

Poems in the series are: The Caged Skylark, The Wreck of the Deutschland, Pied Beauty, As Kingfishers, Felix Randal, Spring & Fall, To ...

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When first I was

How I was when I first was, was not to be forever the same thereafter, For God was intending that I would be spending An unmeasurable unending time, In an altogether different hereafter: A 'here' as well as a 'there', A present moment, the hour, As well as a history, In addition to chasing here and there the events and doings of the day, There was to be a...

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