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Manchester Cathedral Poetry Prize
Featuring Mark Oakley & Jane Commane

Tuesday 10th October, 2:30pm
Manchester Cathedral

The poet and critic, Christian Wiman once claimed, ‘there are things more important than self-knowledge. An artist who believes this is an artist of faith, even if the faith contains no god.’ The Manchester Cathedral Poetry Competition makes space for poets who – whether they believe in God or not – attempt poetry that draws on the riches of faith. Now in its eighteenth year, the competition continues to show-case new, emerging and established poets who – as Seamus Heaney put it – ‘dare the depths’.  This year’s celebratory prize-giving includes readings from the prize-winners, as well as the judge Jane Commane. The event also features a short talk about the rich connections between poetry, faith and spirituality by distinguished writer and critic Mark Oakley.  Mark is Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral, a trustee of the Civil Liberties Trust, an Ambassador for Stop Hate UK, and the author of several books, including The Splash of Words and the Collage of God. 

Age Suitability 14+

Tickets £5 (includes refreshments & a pamphlet collection of the prize winning poems)  

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