CANCELLED: Spirited Words: Grief, Protest, Hope

CANCELLED: Spirited Words: Grief, Protest, Hope

Adam Art Gallery

Readings and conversation about the pleasure and perils of crafting religious poetry today


Pádraig Ó Tuama
Pádraig Ó Tuama. Photo credit: Trevor Brady

We regret to advise that this event is now CANCELLED as Pádraig has to return home to Ireland earlier than planned.

Join acclaimed poets Pádraig Ó Tuama and John Dennison for readings and kōrero about the pleasures and perils of crafting religious poetry today. This unmissable event will grapple with the challenge of speaking with and through the richly-layered languages of faith. The conversation will be facilitated by celebrated poet, editor and painter Greg O’Brien.

Pádraig Ó Tuama is a poet, theologian and conflict mediator. hosts the Poetry Unbound podcast. The former leader of Corrymeela, Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation organisation, he presents the #1 Apple Arts Chart podcast Poetry Unbound, from the On Being project. His publications include two volumes of poetry (Readings from the Book of Exile, 2012; Sorry for Your Troubles, 2013), a daily prayer book, and a memoir In the Shelter: Finding a Home in the World (2015).

John Dennison is supervising chaplain at Victoria University of Wellington’s Anglican Chaplaincy. Otherwise, his first collection of poems, was published with Auckland University Press in 2015. He is the author of Seamus Heaney and the Adequacy of Poetry (2015). Heis a graduate of Victoria and received his PhD in English Literature from the University of St Andrews.

Poet, editor and painter Gregory O’Brien is one of New Zealand’s most prolific contributors to both arts and literature. He has published several acclaimed volumes of poetry and his poems have been widely anthologised. O’Brien’s works of non-fiction are highly regarded and have received major awards. His most recent book is Always Song in the Water (2019).