Laura Day, ‘Norman Nicholson: Representations of the Cumbrian Space’

We are delighted to promote this event, which is not organised by Engaging Theology in Cumbria.

Detail from the Norman Nicholson Memorial Window, by Christine Boyce. Photo: Alastair Carew-Cox

Part of a programme of celebrations to mark 20 years since the rededication of St Michael’s Church following the 1994 fire

St Michael’s Church, Workington CA14 2EZ
Sunday, 20th November 2022, 3pm
Free admission, includes refreshments

5 pm Choral evensong

Norman Nicholson. Photo: Raymond Troll

Christian images and influences are seen throughout Norman Nicholson’s work, and Christianity played an important part in the poet’s upbringing in Millom, South Cumbria. Considering a range of poems from across Nicholson’s entire body of work, this presentation will explore the effect of religious references in his poetry on his readership, and how they speak more widely to Nicholson’s life and thinking, and will look at what the poet thought of the way hymns and verse were written, and how that influenced his compositions. The focus will be on examples from Nicholson’s works that consider familiar places in the Cumbrian landscape, altering our perspective on a shared and much-loved space.

Laura Day

Laura Day was born and raised on a hill-sheep farm in the Westmorland Dales. She has a BA from Cambridge University, and an MA from Durham, and is currently putting the finishing touches to her PhD on Norman Nicholson’s poetry, also at Durham University. She sits as Youth representative on the Norman Nicholson Society committee, and is a Youth Representative on the Yorkshire Dales National Park Management Plan Steering Group. Her academic interests include ecopoetics, anthropocene poetics, 20th century poetry, landscapes and farming. When not studying, she is a keen hill-walker and amateur photographer.

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