‘Reflections on Humanity’: Art installations and poetry at Christ Church Cathedral
There will be art installations by an invited German artist Christel Steier and an Oxford artist Diana Forster, whose mother was Polish. They will be on show in Christ Church Cathedral from Saturday 7th to Sunday 22nd November.
On Saturday 7th November 3- 4pm, as part of Remembrance weekend, there will be a special, free, non-denominational event with poetry readings from some of the countries involved in the hostilities on both sides, organised by artist Diana Bell and Oxford Stanza Two, in collaboration with Christ Church Cathedral and the Oxford International Links. Everyone is welcome – of all faith traditions or none.
The poems are not war poems, but poems which look at connections between nations and reflect humanity and compassion in time of war, by poets who were either writing during the period of World War II and experienced the war directly or poets who remembered it from childhood. The poems – 25 poems in 18 languages – will be read in their original language by native speakers and English translations will be available.
After the event, those who wish to do so are invited to meet together in the Mayor’s Parlour at Oxford Town Hall for an informal sharing of poems and discussion. There will be representatives from our twin cities, Leiden, Bonn, Grenoble and Perm, emphasising our friendships of many years. Wouter Ydema, City Poet of Leiden, will be reading, with Kathleen McPhilemy, Dorothy Yamamoto, Jane Spiro, John Daniels, Simon Martin and Carl Tomlinson of Oxford Stanza Two