Poetry and photograph exhibition at Leicester Cathedral to shed light on important moments in our lives

Posted by ap507 at May 23, 2017 12:20 PM |
University of Leicester free public installation runs from 25 May to 10 June at Leicester Cathedral

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 23 May 2017

Images from the exhibition are available here (credit: Leicester Cathedral/Richard Jarvis): https://www.dropbox.com/sh/cwiedsln4lzmon2/AACZqXPcEjoZs9_WHOdtS5Noa?dl=0

A free public exhibition combining poetry and images organised by the University of Leicester and Leicester Cathedral will be running from 25 May to 10 June at Leicester Cathedral.

The exhibition, titled ‘Defining Moments - Poetry in the Cathedral’, has been organised by Dr Mary Ann Lund from the University of Leicester School of Arts and the Revd Canon Rosy Fairhurst, Canon Chancellor of the Cathedral.

The installation takes the form of a trail of poems and photographs selected by Dr Lund which connect with different objects and spaces around the Cathedral.

Visitors can follow the trail round in their own time and reflect on the writing and images as they go.

The poetry is from the earliest times to the present day, including writing by the Nobel Prize winner Seamus Heaney, and the poem 'Richard' by the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, commissioned by Leicester Cathedral and read at the reinterment of Richard III by Benedict Cumberbatch.

The exhibition, which is supported by the University of Leicester and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, stems from Dr Lund’s research on cathedrals undertaken while editing the sermons of John Donne, who was not only a poet but a celebrated preacher and Dean of St Paul's Cathedral.

Dr Lund said: “I'm very interested in the special place that cathedrals occupy in our communities, and in the relationship between literature and space.

“All of the chosen poems are united by an emphasis on 'Defining Moments': significant moments of the here and now. They share an interest in attentiveness, whether that means being awake to the wild beauty of nature, or noticing a stranger and welcoming him in; confronting the presence of death, or simply observing the change of a season and the feelings it brings.

“I hope that this installation will allow visitors to encounter poetry in a new way, and enable them to reflect on defining moments in their own lives.”

As part of the exhibition, a free event entitled ‘Incense, Votive, Vanishing: An Evening of Reflection', taking place on 2 June at 6:00pm at Leicester Cathedral, will further explore how poetry can help us reflect in new ways on our lives.

The free public exhibition ‘Defining Moments - Poetry in the Cathedral’ will run from 25 May to 10 June 2017 at Leicester Cathedral.


Notes to editors:

For more information contact Dr Mary Ann Lund on maejl1@le.ac.uk

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