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An Evening with Benjamin Zephaniah

Sunday 24 November | 19:00

Benjamin Zephaniah was unable to read and write at school but has become one of Britain’s most remarkable poets. Now he’s back to share a selection of his famous poems and to discuss his remarkable autobiography, The Life And Rhymes Of Benjamin Zephaniah.

Dr Benjamin Obadiah Iqbal Zephaniah was born and raised in Birmingham. He cannot remember a time when he was not creating poetry, but this had nothing to do with school where poetry meant very little to him, in fact he had finished full time education at the age of 13. His poetry is strongly influenced by the music and poetry of Jamaica and what he calls ‘street politics’. His first real public performance was in church when he was 10 years old, by the time he was 15 he had developed a strong following in his home town of Handsworth where he had gained a reputation as a young poet who was capable of speaking on local and international issues.

Tickets £15 
Season Ticket for all four poetry showcases available here 
- An Evening with Benjamin Zephaniah | Sunday 24 November 19:00
- Songs and Sonnets: An Evening with Malcolm Guite | Monday 25 November 19:00
- A Kingdom of Love with Rachel Mann | Wednesday 27 November 19:30
- An Evening with Michael Symmons Roberts | Thursday 28 November 19:00
For wheelchair users and carers/essential companions (carers receive 50% discount), please book directly on 01543 306150. 
 

The Word Poetry Showcase Season Ticket

Join us at Lichfield Cathedral for our first ever poetry festival. We’ll be celebrating our creativity through the form of the written word, exploring themes of ‘Awe & Wonder’ and ‘Light in our Darkness’.

Come along to our evening Poetry showcases to hear from some of the most inspiring poets of our day, including Benjamin Zephaniah and Michael Symmons Roberts.

Season Ticket for the following events £50:
- An Evening with Benjamin Zephaniah | Sunday 24 November 19:00
- Songs and Sonnets: An Evening with Malcolm Guite | Monday 25 November 19:00
- A Kingdom of Love with Rachel Mann | Wednesday 27 November 19:30
- An Evening with Michael Symmons Roberts | Thursday 28 November 19:00
For wheelchair users and carers/essential companions (carers receive 50% discount), please book directly on 01543 306150.

Poetry and Pizza: Slam poetry workshop

Monday 25 November | 16:30-18:30 

Are you a budding slam poet?  Are you aged 11 - 17 and looking for a place to show off your skills?  If so, join Staffordshire Poet Laureate 17-19 Emily Rose, and founder of Poetry for the People Lichfield Phillip Knight, for a session of poetry, performance, and most importantly, pizza!  We'll a look at what makes a stand out performance, and give you the chance to take the mic and wow the crowds in a welcoming and beginner-friendly environment.

The event will take place in College Hall, The Close. 

For enquiries please email cathy.fellows@lichfield-cathedral.org or call 01543 306100


 

Songs and Sonnets: An Evening with Malcolm Guite

Monday 25 November | 19:30

Malcolm Guite is a poet, singer- songwriter, academic and priest. He is Chaplain and Supernumerary Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge, and teaches at the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge. He lectures widely in England and North America on Theology and Literature and has published poetry, theology, and literary criticism. His books include: Love, Remember (November 2017); Mariner, a spiritual biography of Samuel Taylor Coleridge (February 2017, paperback edition February 2018); Parable and Paradox (2016); The Singing Bowl (2013); Sounding the Seasons (2012); Theology and the Poetic Imagination (2010) and Faith Hope and Poetry (2006). Malcolm has edited two poetry anthologies for Lent and Advent: The Word in the Wilderness (2014) and Waiting on the Word (2015). Malcolm also writes Poet’s Corner, a weekly column in the Church Times.

Tickets £15
Season Ticket for all four poetry showcases available here 
- An Evening with Benjamin Zephaniah | Sunday 24 November 19:00
- Songs and Sonnets: An Evening with Malcolm Guite | Monday 25 November 19:00
- A Kingdom of Love with Rachel Mann | Wednesday 27 November 19:30
- An Evening with Michael Symmons Roberts | Thursday 28 November 19:00
For wheelchair users and carers/essential companions (carers receive 50% discount), please book directly on 01543 306150. 

Let's Talk Poetry: Workshop with Bert Flitcroft

Tuesday 26 November | 10:30-12:00

Ex Staffordshire Poet Laureate Bert Flitcroft will lead a discussion workshop - no writing involved - for those who like their poetry but may not be confident enough to write themselves. Bert will chat informally about a selection of poems: their starting points, the process of writing, and decisions made along the way to produce (hopefully!) a successful poem.

Bert Flitcroft was Staffordshire Poet Laureate 2015-17 during which time he curated ‘The Staffordshire Poetry Collection’, which is now available on-line. He is an experienced and accomplished poet who for some time has been quietly and unassumingly spreading the poetry word. He ran, for a number of years, week-long residential poetry-writing courses for sixth formers in Staffordshire, working alongside guest poets in residence such as Carol Ann Duffy, Adrian Henry, Linda France and others.

Tickets £5.00
 

Reuse, Reduce, Recycle: Creative Writing Workshop with Emma Purshouse

Wednesday 27 November | 10:30-12:00

Emma Purshouse was born in Wolverhampton and is a freelance writer and performance poet. She is a poetry slam champion and performs regularly at spoken word nights far and wide. Her appearances include, The Cheltenham Literature Festival, Ledbury Poetry Festival, Much Wenlock Poetry Festival and Solfest. She has supported the likes of John Hegley, Holly McNish and Carol Ann Duffy. Emma has undertaken poetry residencies for Wolverhampton Libraries, The New Vic Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent and The International Festival of Glass in Stourbridge.

Tickets £5.00

 

Mythology of the Moon: Creative Writing Workshop with Emily Rose Galvin

Wednesday 27 November | 18:00-19:30

Emily Rose Galvin, the 2017-2019 Staffordshire Poet Laureate, is an avid writer and performer.  A regular participant at various poetry and performance events around the county, Emily celebrates the modern poetry scene.

Tickets £5.00
 

A Kingdom of Love with Rachel Mann

Wednesday 27 November | 19:30

Rachel Mann is an Anglican priest, poet and feminist theologian. She began writing poetry, liturgy and short stories in the late nineties as a result of major ill-health. She has also written feminist liturgical theology, cultural history and has been a regular contributor to The Church Times. She has published five full-length books, including Dazzling Darkness (Wild Goose) and Fierce Imaginings (D.L.T.), as well as contributing to many others. Ordained into the Church of England in 2005, Rachel is Rector of St Nicholas Burnage. Between October 2009 and September 2017, she was Poet-in-Residence and Minor Canon at Manchester Cathedral. 

Tickets £15
Season Ticket for all four poetry showcases available here 
- An Evening with Benjamin Zephaniah | Sunday 24 November 19:00
- Songs and Sonnets: An Evening with Malcolm Guite | Monday 25 November 19:00
- A Kingdom of Love with Rachel Mann | Wednesday 27 November 19:30
- An Evening with Michael Symmons Roberts | Thursday 28 November 19:00
For wheelchair users and carers/essential companions (carers receive 50% discount), please book directly on 01543 306150. 
 

Between the Sacred and the Profane: A Workshop with Rachel Mann

Thursday 28 November | 10:30-12:00

Rachel Mann is an Anglican priest, poet and feminist theologian. She began writing poetry, liturgy and short stories in the late nineties as a result of major ill-health. She has also written feminist liturgical theology, cultural history and has been a regular contributor to The Church Times. She has published five full-length books, including Dazzling Darkness (Wild Goose) and Fierce Imaginings (D.L.T.), as well as contributing to many others. Ordained into the Church of England in 2005, Rachel is Rector of St Nicholas Burnage. Between October 2009 and September 2017, she was Poet-in-Residence and Minor Canon at Manchester Cathedral.

Tickets £5.00

 

An Evening with Michael Symmons Roberts

Thursday 28 November | 19:00

Michael Symmons Roberts has won the Forward Prize, the Costa Poetry Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Award, and been shortlisted for the Griffin International Poetry Prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize. He has received major awards from the Arts Council and the Society of Authors and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and of the English Association. His broadcast work includes the BBC4 verse film ‘Men Who Sleep in Cars’ – described by the Observer as “a work of genius”,  ‘A Fearful Symmetry’ – for Radio 4 – which won the Sandford St Martin Prize, and ‘Last Words’ commissioned by Radio 4 to mark the first anniversary of 9/11. He has published two novels and is Professor of Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Tickets £15
Season Ticket for all four poetry showcases available here 
- An Evening with Benjamin Zephaniah | Sunday 24 November 19:00
- Songs and Sonnets: An Evening with Malcolm Guite | Monday 25 November 19:00
- A Kingdom of Love with Rachel Mann | Wednesday 27 November 19:30
- An Evening with Michael Symmons Roberts | Thursday 28 November 19:00
For wheelchair users and carers/essential companions (carers receive 50% discount), please book directly on 01543 306150.