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‘No Coward Soul is Mine’; Women, Poetry & Spirituality

9th November 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 11th November 2020 @ 3:00 pm



Tutors:  Professor Rosemary Mitchell & Dr Hannah Stone

This two day residential course will explore the intersections between women’s lives, poetry and spirituality.  Academics and poets Hannah Stone and Rosemary Mitchell will share poetry focusing on religious women, including Joan of Arc and Julian of Norwich – from their recent collection, Holding up Half the Sky.

Rosemary and Hannah will also introduce you to women writers of spiritual poetry form the past and the present, including Christina Rossetti, Emily Bronte, Emily Dickinson, Kathleen Raine, Mary Oliver, Christy Ducker, and Yorkshire-based Clare Wigzell and Pam Scobie.

Two poetry workshops offer the opportunity to craft your own poetic response to spiritual women who have inspired you,  Rosemary and Hannah will also offer one to one supervisions; chances to discuss what you have written and elements of your own spiritual journey discovered through poetry.  There is no need to bring any prepared work, but if you wish to use existing poetry drafts that would be most welcome.

Rosemary Mitchell is Professor Emerita of Victorian Studies at Leeds Trinity University, where she served as Director for the Centre for Victorian Studies for seven years.  She studied 19th-century French art history as a postgraduate at the University of Oxford, where she took her doctorate.  She is currently training for ordination in the Church of England, and is a frequent speaker at courses which explore the arts, spirituality, and faith.

Hannah Stone is the author of two collections of poetry, Lodestone and Missing Miles.  One of the poems from Lodestone was chosen by American Poet Laureate Billy Collins to win the Yorkshire Poetry Prize in 2015.  She convenes the annual poets/composers forum for the Leeds Lieder Festival.  She was a Reader in Eastern Christianity at Leeds Trinity University, with numerous academic publications focusing on the spirituality of the early Eastern Christian Church and Mid-Byzantine Church history.


9th November 2020 @ 4:00 pm
11th November 2020 @ 3:00 pm