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Leonard Cohen & Dark Days Of Advent

30 November 2018 - 1 December 2018

$30.00 – $45.00
Leonard Cohen head & shoulders in purple tint

An Advent urban retreat with Pádraig Ó Tuama

Leonard Cohen started his career as a poet, and — almost accidentally — became known as a singer. His serious lyrics and gravelly voice often hid a humour and irony, and his lyrics betray a spirituality that was at once agnostic and devout. He died a few days after releasing You Want It Darker, an album that brought regret, romance, eros and entertainment together in seamless melodies underpinned by extraordinary harmonies and musicianship.

During this retreat, Pádraig Ó Tuama will help us explore some of the lyrics and some of the life of Cohen, looking at his Jewish heritage, his appropriation of liturgy, his engagement with poetic form and his unflinching honesty in the face of a life lived with art and pain.

About Pádraig

Pádraig Ó Tuama is leader of the Corrymeela Community, as well as being a poet, theologian and peaceworker. Hailing from Cork on the south coast of Ireland, he now lives in Belfast, where he has used elements of faith, poetry, hope and truth-telling for the purpose of helping individuals tell some of their experiences of living through the Irish and other conflict situations in a way that builds curiosity and connections through simple story.

Pádraig uses skills in poetry, theology and mediation to nurture connections where fruitless and predictable arguments can be transformed into dignified and dignifying human encounters. His poetry explores the meaningful in the everyday, as well as putting some words to the wordlessness of meaninglessness. Seeking to give small lenses into everyday experiences of loneliness, hope, exile and joy, his poems are accessible and powerful. Both on the written page and in his compelling performances, his poems speak of big truths by telling small stories of humanity.

His published collections include ‘In the Shelter’ (Hodder & Stoughton/ Hachette Ireland, 2015), ‘Sorry for your Troubles’ (Canterbury Press, 2013), ‘Readings from the Books of Exile’ (Canterbury Press, 2012), ‘Human in the City’ and 12 poems, Discovering the Spirit in the City’ (Continuum, 2010).

Padraig’s blog: In The Shelter


See the weeWONDERBOX 2018-19 listings page for more information about these.


Cost & Registration: Suggested cost £45 (full price) / £3o (concession).

To register for the retreat, see Tickets below or contact WGRG/ Wild Goose Resource Group at weewonderbox@wildgoose.scot or by phone 0141 429 7281.

Times: Friday 7.00 – 9.00pm; Saturday 9.30am – 4.00pm.

Venue: 21 Carlton Court, Glasgow, Scotland G5 9JP, Scotland.

Access to the event space is via one step. Inside there is a low-stepped ramp. We are happy to provide assistance.


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30 November 2018
1 December 2018
$30.00 – $45.00
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