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WEEWONDERBOX: Advent Rhymes – Poems to trouble the season

2 December 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 3 December 2016 @ 4:30 pm

£20.00 – £40.00
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Holy City Urban Retreat, with Pádraig Ó Tuama

Over the last 6 years, Holy City has collaborated with the wonderful Pádraig Ó Tuama in offering an Urban Retreat in Advent in Glasgow’s city centre. This is the now the 7th glorious occasion.

This year, Pádraig will engage with poetry … about religion, Christmas, Mrs Claus and other tinselled characters. Pádraig will bring some examples and retreat participants are invited to do the same. These poems will be used to talk about Advent, Christmas, our stories and our cities, to engage in discussions and delights.

The urban retreat will take place over the Friday evening and during the day of the Saturday; and is part of the weeWONDERBOX 2016-17 programme.

The following evening, on Sunday 4th December, Pádraig will also be leading a unique 10×9 storytelling event as part of the weeWONDERBOX programme. More info here



Cost: £40/ £20 concessions. See below to book a place.

Times: Friday 2nd December @ 7.00-9.30pm – Saturday 3rd December @ 9.30am-4.30pm

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

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






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2 December 2016 @ 7:00 pm
3 December 2016 @ 4:30 pm
£20.00 – £40.00
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