Gerard Manley Hopkins Talk Thursday 9 July

GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS  

Talk by Graham Fawcett

Thursday 9 July 2015 at 6.30pm

To book please call 01308 459511

Tickets £10/£25 with supper afterwards

On the eleventh of May 1868, the 24-year-old Gerard Manley Hopkins set fire to his early poems. Having just decided to become a priest, he believed that writing poetry – and therefore being an individual – was in conflict with his duty to God. Years passed, and he resisted an agonising desire to write.

Gerard Manley Hopkins in 1866, detail from a photo by Thomas C. Bayfield. National Portrait Gallery, London

That we have such wonderful poems from him at all is thanks to three minor miracles. Come to the talk to hear the poems and how they came to be written.

Gerard_Manley_HopkinsPoems for which he is loved to this day, like ‘Pied Beauty’, ‘Harry Ploughman’, ‘Binsey Poplars’ * (see below), ‘God’s Grandeur’, ‘Spring’ and that other contender for greatest Hopkins poem, ‘The Windhover’. All of these will feature in Hopkins Night at Sladers Yard.

The talk will be followed by a delicious buffet dinner served by Sladers Yard’s celebrated Licensed Café. The £15 buys a full main course from a choice of seafood, free-range meat or vegetarian dishes. A wonderful selection of desserts and cheese are available à la carte.

Phone 01308 459511 to book now.

Read poems and see future programme here

About Sladers Yard

Sladers Yard is an art gallery and cafe in West Bay, Dorset. Our art gallery showcases contemporary British Art, Furniture and Craft whilst the licensed cafe serves fresh, locally produced homecooked food and drinks.
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