CALLING ALL POETS:  New poems wanted for first poetry festival in Lichfield Cathedral 

Published on: Thu, 20/06/2019 - 15:55

Lichfield Cathedral has launched its first poetry competition and is inviting people to write new poems inspired by the anniversary of the moon landing as part of a new festival of creativity this autumn.

Lichfield Cathedral is no newcomer to innovative exhibitions and successful art participation projects, but it is the first time it has held a poetry event, and hoping to announce some big names later this summer.

The Dean of Lichfield, the Very Revd Adrian Dorber, said: “This is an immensely exciting “first” for the cathedral.

“We have experimented with a mixed programme of exhibitions, cultural events, large scale art projects and educational initiatives to grab people’s attention, fire their imagination and their spirit of wonder.

"But this year, as the cathedral stages its summer Great Exhibition to celebrate the 50thanniversary of the moon landing, we want people to reflect on the origin of the universe, human care for our own “blue planet” and the sheer vastness and complexity of space, light and time through the medium of poetry.

 “This goes much deeper than any of our previous mass participation projects, the doves, the stars – and is aimed at stimulating wonder which is the beginning of all wisdom, “ he added.

There are entry levels for school age as well as adults and packs inviting local schools to participate will be going out this week.  All poems must be submitted before National Poetry Day on October 3. 

More details on the competition; the rules for entry and prizes available are here...

The poems will go on display in the nave in a specially curated  exhibition by the cathedral's own artist in residence Peter Walker, for the poetry festival at the end of November when the winning poems will be announced too.  

They will remain on display throughout Advent and the Christmas Illuminations exhibition. 

An exciting line up for our first poetry festival will be announced later in summer! WATCH THIS SPACE!