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‘The Word Heart Deep’: Religious Poetry of the English Reformation

6th June 2019 @ 10:00 am - 8:30 pm


Study Day with Joyce Simpson

Talks and shared readings, mainly on the lives and works of three poets: John Donne, George Herbert and Henry Vaughan.  What were the pressures shaping the experience of these writers? How do they speak to seekers in the 21st century?

In Colloquy with God: Involved with mankind.

John Donne:  In Quest of Salvation

John Donne: In Meditation

George Herbert: In Battle with All that Dogs Mankind

Herbert and Vaughan: Shared Readings

We will explore the religious quest through the works and lives of poets who lived in turbulent times, and consider what the pilgrim journey of each can offer to readers in the 21st century.

Arrival at 10.00am for Holy Communion at 10.15am. Price includes coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and evening meal.

Joyce Simpson is the former Head of Humanities at Leeds Trinity University, where she introduced students to the delights of poetry, novels and plays. Now, in retirement, she takes pleasure in sharing her thoughts and insights with fellow voyagers from different walks of life.

*There is the option to stay overnight the day before or after this study day.


6th June 2019
10:00 am - 8:30 pm