UWTSD Hosts Poetry Talk by Former National Poet Gillian Clarke at the University's Lampeter Campus


UWTSD was delighted to welcome Gillian Clarke, the former National Poet of Wales to the University's Lampeter on Tuesday, December 6.

Gillian delivered a rare poetry reading and talk in the Old Hall. Gillian talked about her poetry about the stars – her intriguing title was 'Man, Mystery, Myth and Metaphor: Poetry and the Heavens’.

The event was part of the Faculty of Humanities seminar programme and was also a celebration of the seventh birthday of the Sophia Centre Press and the launch of its latest book, Ada Blair’s ‘Sark in the Dark’, an account of the Dark Sky reserve on the Island of Sark. The Press is building an international reputation and is one of Lampeter’s best-kept secrets!

Gillian is no stranger to Lampeter. She was poet-in-residence in the College for 1984-5, when she set up the Lampeter Writers Workshop, which she ran until 2008. She was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry 2010 and the Wilfred Owen Award 2012 and is currently working on a new collection, tiitled Zoology.

Dr Nick Campion, Director of the Sophia Centre, which hosted the event, said:"It is always a privilege to have Gillian come to speak. And it was a treat to hear her poetry and thoughts about the stars, a vital part of our lives which we all too easily ignore these days. It’s great to have her remind us of their existence!"

Nick also delivered a talk on the ‘Harmony of the Sky.'