Hope in Poetry: Online Poetry Gathering

August 3, 2020 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Julia McGuinness
07787 116603


What poems have been important to you these past months? Come to share a poem as we gather in the digital cloisters of Chester Cathedral.

Poetry can express emotion, distil experience and get the heart of the matter. It can offer fresh insight, sustain the spirit, inspire and delight us with its music. We may naturally turn to it in extraordinary times, such as those we in which we find we are now living.

Come and share a poem at a lunchtime poetry gathering online as Chester Cathedral waits to re-open fully. You could bring a poem you have written yourself over this period if you prefer. Or come simply to listen.

Monday August 3rd 13.00-14.00  Poems of Inspiration

Perhaps you look to poems for inspiration, to open new doors and take you beyond yourself. What poems do you find yourself drawn to, or writing, as we look to whatever shape our future might take?  Come and share a poem that inspires.

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  • About Julia


    From writing stories for my younger brother, to penning poems for the School Magazine and filling a growing pile of personal journals, the written word has always been part of my life’s journey.

    I started out as an English Teacher and subsequently retrained as a Counsellor. I have counselled in a GP Surgery and worked with various Employee Assistance Schemes and Charitable Trusts alongside seeing private clients.

    Although I have done some freelance journalism and written four non-fiction books, creative writing has become my main focus in recent years.

    My poems have appeared online on sites including Amaryllis, Silver Birch Press, Clear Poetry, Spilling Cocoa Over Martin Amis, Riggwelter and Ink,Sweat and Tears. I have been published in Curlew and Bucks Mill Magazine, and anthologised in Our Hearts Still Sing. My first poetry collection, Chester City Walls, came out in 2015.

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