One of our greatest poets

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SATURDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER

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11.00-12.00

Tiger Hall, Tiger Rooms

Cavan Wood

Sir John Betjeman

Readings from Sir John Betjeman’s poetry

12.00-13.00

Tiger Hall, Tiger Rooms

Cavan Wood

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Exploring the life of German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer who was involved in the plot to kill Hitler, using his letters, poems and writings

 

Sir John Betjeman

Sir John Betjeman, CBE (28 August 1906 – 19 May 1984) was an English poet, writer, and broadcaster who described himself in Who’s Who as a “poet and hack”. He was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1972 until his death.

He was a founding member of the Victorian Society and a passionate defender of Victorian architecture. He began his career as a journalist and ended it as one of the most popular British Poets Laureate and a much-loved figure on British television.

Betjeman’s poems are often humorous, and in broadcasting he exploited his bumbling and fogeyish image. His wryly comic verse is accessible and has attracted a great following for its satirical and observant grace. Auden said in his introduction to Slick But Not Streamlined, “so at home with the provincial gaslit towns, the seaside lodgings, the bicycle, the harmonium.” His poetry is similarly redolent of time and place, continually seeking out intimations of the eternal in the manifestly ordinary. There are constant evocations of the physical chaff and clutter that accumulates in everyday life, the miscellanea of an England now gone but not beyond the reach of living memory.

Cavan Wood has been a Head of RE since 1993. He has written textbooks for Heinemann on Judaism and Buddhism as well as for the Think RE series. He is a regular contributor to Secondary Assembly File and a reader in the Church of England.

Tickets are free, however, tickets are allocated due to limitations on seating capacity. Please register your place below.

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