Aug 19, 2011

Church in Wales Priest puts his Poems on Paper

penmon point by rev. peter walker published by y lolfa
penmon point by rev. peter walker published by y lolfa, front cover detail
This week Y Lolfa will release Penmon Point, a collection of poems which touch on mortality, doubt and the Celtic roots of Christian spirituality in Wales. Some of the author, Rev. Peter Walker’s, poems cover his day-to-day life as a vicar and his fondness for the sea. There are poems about his church experiences and spiritual reflection, that follow in the tradition of R S Thomas.  Others are witty: one poem is entitled, ‘The Vicar’s got Tourette’s’. There is also a freely adapted translation of Duw (God) by Gwenallt.

The author said, “I have always been inspired by the landscape of Wales and the way its history and religious past are ever present. In spiritual terms, Wales is very much a ‘thin place’ where heaven and earth come close together and where the presence of God can be discerned.”

Peter Walker is an Anglican priest working in the Church in Wales. Originally from the West Midlands, he taught Modern Languages for many years. He worked for a time in a parish in Telford, Shropshire but now lives and works on the Welsh coast in the diocese of St Asaph. He is married with a daughter and an agoraphobic cat!

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