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.
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.
Poems 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.