Dean’s 24-hour poetry reading

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THE Dean of St Edmundsbury Cathedral is to take part in a marathon sponsored poetry recital to raise £20,000 to appoint a writer-in-residence for the historic venue.

The Very Rev Dr Frances Ward will read poetry non-stop for 24 hours to help fund the appointment for the cathedral’s new Edmund Centre for Arts and Theology.

She is appealing for sponsors who can offer a minimum of £1 per line of poetry for the event, which will start and finish at 11am on Friday and Saturday March 30 and 31.

Dr Ward will be assisted by Dr Elizabeth Cook, who could become the writer-in-residence.

The role would see her support the life of writing and written art in Bury and the wider region.

As part of the centre for arts and theology, a strong focus of her work would be language as ‘a means of experiencing, discovering and expressing our relationship with God’.

Sponsorship forms are available from the cathedral office or website www.stedscathedral.co.uk

People are also invited to choose the poem they would like the Dean to read.

n In 2011 the cathedral welcomed a record number of visitors with the total reaching 97,719 – a 10 per cent rise over the previous year. Visitor numbers in 2005 were about 70,000.