26th Apr 2012John DonnePoet in the City, in partnership with St Paul’s Cathedral, presented a special event, attended by Poet in the City's largest audience, under the dome of St. Paul's celebrating the life and work of 17th Century poet and divine John Donne, Dean of the Cathedral 1621-31.
On Thursday 26th April Poet in the City’s held their biggest event to date.
1500 people gathered under the Dome of St Paul's for poetry, song and fascinating insights into the life and work of John Donne; poet, priest and a man who still has the power to fill a Cathedral.
A very special night for us, and an amazing night for poetry!
The event featured:
Peter McCullough, Professor of English Literature at Lincoln College, Oxford and is editing the current Oxford edition of The Sermons of John Donne. He is a lay Canon at St PauI’s Cathedral;
Mary Morrissey, Lecturer in English at the University of Reading. Her most recent book is Politics and the Paul’s Cross Sermons, 1558 - 1642, and she is editing Donne’s London civic sermons for the forthcoming Oxford edition of The Sermons of John Donne;
Mark Oakley, Canon Treasurer of St Paul’s. He has written widely on the subjects of faith, poetry and literature and is the author of The Collage of God (2001) and editor of John Donne, The Golden Age of Spiritual Writing (Spck, 2004);
Jo Shapcott, patron of Poet in the City, has published several award-winning collections including Electroplating the Baby(1988), Phrase Book (1992) and My Life Asleep (1998). Her
latest collection, Of Mutability, won the 2010 Costa Prize. In 2011 she was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry;
Andrew Carwood, a world-class singer and conductor, and one of the most versatile musicians of his generation. He is the Director of Music at St PauI’s Cathedral and Artistic Director of the award-winning early music ensemble The Cardinal’s Musick, and will be singing some of Benjamin Britten‘s settings of John Donne’s sonnets.
Readings of John Donne's work were by actors Tom Deveson and Rosalie Jorda.
A video of the whole event split into four parts and interviews with the participants by Pamela Edwardes can be found on the special John Donne page.
Winning Words is a UK wide project of the Forward Arts Foundation to link poetry and sport using the occasion of the London’s Olympic Games in 2012 to engage athletes the public and young people with the unique power of poetry. The project is generously supported by Arts Council England, Bloomberg, Felix Dennis, Ronald Duncan Foundation and the Garfield Weston Foundation.