Here I stand: I can do no other
A creative writing workshop led by poet and theologian Hannah Stone, drawing on prophetic and poetic voices of protest from the past. The session will use brief extracts from historical and contemporary primary sources to spark your own writing on the theme of poets, prophets and protestors. Hannah will provide writing exercises and individual support within the workshop to foster your poems which can be submitted for the anthology.
Each year, Leeds Church Institute runs an initiative based on the theme of the Hook Lecture. This year, our initiative is to publish a collection of new poems to be launched at Leeds Lit Fest in March 2020.
Hannah Stone has published three collections of poetry, and is also published in many journals and anthologies including the Beautiful Dragons publication Noble Dissent, which features poetry on or by dissenters, and Holding up Half the Sky (with Rosemary Mitchell) which gives voice to oppressed women, real and imaginary, through history. In another life as Hannah Hunt she was a Reader in Eastern Christianity at Leeds Trinity University, and researched inspiring women such as St Macrina and St Mary of Egypt.
Hannah has an MA and PhD in theology, a BA in English and an MA in Creative Writing. When not writing she sings, grows organic produce and walks in the Dales. She hosts the Wordspace open mic event in Horsforth each month and co-convenes the poets/composers forum for Leeds Lieder festival. Her first major collaboration with composer Matthew Oglesby, the Penthos Requiem, drew on her Phd research and formed part of Leeds’ commemoration of the centenary of the ending of the Great War in 2018.