Catholic creative writing at the Cathedral

Published 2nd of April 2019

On the Need for Catholic literature in Contemporary Culture

As Catholics we believe the church is the ark of salvation, a salvation which is being worked out in each of us by means of our co-operation: in our case, as Catholic creative writers, this implies partly through our work. The world of letters is populated today by many voices which marginalise the Catholic sensibility; or are openly antagonistic to it. Uncommitted Catholic creative writing might manipulate Catholic imagery to set a scene; committed Catholic creative writing might reduce artistry to polemics. The aim of this group is to provide a forum to support Catholic creative writers in understanding what Catholic creative writing has been and might continue to be by exploring the tradition, discovering our own Catholic voices and so helping a Catholic voice to emerge more strongly in contemporary literature. It will provide a forum/workspace where creative Catholic writers can share their work, and engage with the work of other Catholic writers. The chief challenge to the group will be to articulate an answer to the question: What form should Catholic literature take in an age in which the public world is predominantly averse to or ignorant of the life giving reality of what we believe in: How can we project our faith through our work in a way that allows people to “taste and see”? Our answer will be in a pamphlet of poetry and short prose pieces which will be produced to mark the 175th anniversary of the founding of St Barnabas Cathedral church of the Nottingham diocese.



Workshops for poets and storytellers
Saturday the 7th of April, Saturday the 4th of May, Saturday the 1st of June
11.00 - 13.00
S. Barnabas Cathedral Hall
For more information email Anthony Verdon at verdon1@ntlworld.com.


Faith, Nottingham and Graham Greene - a half study day
Saturday the 19th of October 2019
14.00 - 19.00 approx
Graham Greene became a Catholic while he was living in Nottingham in 1926 and was received into the Church at S. Barnabas' Cathedral. This study day will look at his life and work in our contemporary context with the help of speakers Dr. David Belbin, Michael Eaton and Dr. Creina Mansfield. For more information contact ruthcshelton@gmail.com.



MONTHLY MEETINGS

When: 11:00 till 13:00

Where: the McGuinness Room, S. Barnabas Cathedral Hall, North Circus Streeet, Nottingham NG1 5AE


The 6th of April 2019: In search of a Catholic voice in poetry: Looking at contemporary poetry/prose
Part One (first hour): Readings from and discussion of recent Catholic (and non-Catholic) creative writing. Is the notion of Catholic literature simply sectarian or something deeper?
Part Two (second hour): Readings and discussion of work produced by participants; writing a poem individually and together: a partly fun activity to see what challenges contemporary Catholic writers face.


The 4th of May 2019: In search of a Catholic voice in poetry: Looking at poetry/prose of earlier times
Part One (first hour): Readings and discussion of some historic works of Catholic literature. What can we draw from them today?
Part Two (second hour): Readings and discussion of work produced by participants; writing a poem individually and together: a partly fun activity to see what challenges we face in using the approaches of earlier Catholic writers.


The 1st of June 2019: In search of a Catholic voice in poetry
Part One (first hour): Looking deeper at contemporary and historic Catholic literature. We shall attempt to articulate some defining features of Catholic poetry and, in particular, of contemporary Catholic poetry.
Part Two (second hour) Readings and discussion of work produced by participants; and a writing/discussion session informed by a developed awareness of how to write lively contemporary Catholic literature.


The 3rd of August 2019: Final Drafting and selection
Event Meeting, the 19th of October 2019, early evening: A public session of readings and launch of the book as part of the Graham Greene Day.



Non Catholics and both experienced and inexperienced writers are welcome. The only requirement is an openness to the creative possibilities in the Catholic literary tradition. If you are unable to attend but would like to submit work, please get in touch by email with Mr. Anthony Verdon at verdon1@ntlworld.com.

No costs or payments are involved. Participants will retain copyright to their own work.