Quiet Day: R. S. Thomas – Launching Prayers
4th November, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm£30
R. S. Thomas is seen as one of the finest 20th century poets writing in English. As poet and priest, he wrote of his homeland Wales, the rigours of farm-life, the intensity and beauty of nature, and his struggles with an increasingly technological world. But, described as a ‘mystic’ writing with ‘prophet-like intensity,’ it is as a religious poet that he is often remembered. An asker of questions, an explorer of faith, and a wrestler with God, Thomas wrote poetry which reached into the experience of meeting, missing and waiting for God. This quiet day will explore the work of R. S. Thomas, and will focus on the theme of encountering God through his poetry.
Carys Walsh currently oversees the Curate Training programme for Peterborough
Diocese. She has previously taught Christian Spirituality at St Mellitus College, worked in selection for those going forward for ordained ministry, and for many years was a psychotherapist. Her PhD was on the sacramental vision of the priest/poet R S Thomas. In her spare time, she tries to write, and enjoys walking Misty (a Westie) with her husband David, the rector of St Peter and St Paul in Kettering, where Carys serves as an assistant priest.