The arts - poetry, painting, sculpture, poetry, music and drama - inspire us. Art brings us together: people of all backgrounds, religious and non- religious talk about art. It plays a vital role in expressing the human instinct to search for God and to celebrate the mystery of faith. When times are tough, art - far from being a luxury - becomes a necessity to keep the human spirit alive.

The Edmund Centre is a space where creative dialogue can be pursued; where artists, theologians, believers and half-believers can learn from each other; where serious critical reflection can flourish alongside the practice of the arts, sustained by the beauty and facilities of Suffolk's cathedral.

You can read here about Passion for Poetry, a sponsored reading by the Dean and Dr Elizabeth Cook which helped to raise money for 2012-13 Writer in Residence.

Creation Human and Divine

 Important Update: This planned programme has been consolidated and will now focus on three study days:

Saturday 18 January 2014 Mark Cazalet – Artist. Theme: To Make and Remake; art as a process not a product

Saturday 12 April 2014 Kevin Crossley-Holland – Author and poet. Theme: The Dream of Rood

Saturday 14 June 2014 Elizabeth Cook – Writer and poet. Theme: Smelling the Dew and rain: the Green Heart of Poetry

Each day lasts from 10 am to 4 pm and includes a keynote address, a response, discussion and a practical exploration of the theme. Drinks are provided, please bring a packed lunch (or the Refectory is open for lunches).

To enrol for any of the sessions, please contact the Cathedral Office, 01284 748720 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



2013 Poetry Competition

 You can see a list of all the winners here 

 You can also now see the poems of the winners, runners up and those that were commended here.









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