Arts Articles

Gathering - an exhibition of painting and poetry in Lewes

28 October 2009 | by Geoffrey Johnson

Three vessels. | Ann Johnson.

The Hop Gallery in the East Sussex town of Lewes is an ideally light and airy exhibition space for ‘Gathering’, a collaborative venture where the work of three creative Quakers can be seen from 6 to 21 November. The exhibition has been staged by Ann Johnson and developed around twenty-five of her...

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Status QUO

13 October 2009 | by Sarah Lawson | 1 comment

The Forest Hill ukulele crew | Chris Richards

Inspired by the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain (actually an octet) and their performance of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy at the Proms last August, Forest Hill Friends in south London have formed their own Quaker Ukulele Orchestra, or QUO. The twelve beginning strummers have as their teacher the ‘beginner-in-chief’,...

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Sheila Hancock inspires Friends during Quaker Week

FREE 07 October 2009 | by Joe Mugford | 6 comments

Sheila Hancock does not mince her words. This much was clear from the moment she opened her mouth and told the capacity audience in the new Quaker Centre that she had a wet bottom from getting caught in the October rain. And this was not just an ice-breaker, although it...

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Quaker thought in poetry

FREE 30 September 2009 | by Gerard Benson

I’m a Quaker and I’m a poet. Both of these aspects of who I am are full-time. They’re not always compatible. There are things I write that I wouldn’t submit to a Quaker publication. There are facets of my Quakerism that don’t go into my...

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Quaker thought in literature

FREE 30 September 2009 | by Marina Lewycka

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FREE 30 September 2009 | by Harvey Gillman

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Talk and tango

23 September 2009 | by Fiona Foulkes


Talk Together, a new initiative, met for its inaugural conference this August in Oxford. Aimed at teaching students conflict resolution skills and providing a forum for students from either side of a conflict to come together, I was lucky enough to attend as a ‘neutral’ student. As a group of...

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Three special places

23 September 2009 | by R N Clarke

Cannock Chase’s German War Cemetery. | R N Clarke

Not so far from my home in Stafford are three special places. Special because they give genuine worth and dignity to the lives of particular individuals, and in so doing give meaning to all our lives. Cannock Chase’s German War Cemetery, Commonwealth Cemetery and Katyn Memorial are all to...

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Jonah on display

11 September 2009 | by David Blamires

When I was invited to give the Bible half hours at New England Yearly Meeting in the summer of 1967, I chose to give my first talk on the Book of Jonah. Apart from the Psalms, Jonah is my favourite part of the Hebrew Bible. Pretty well everybody knows about Jonah...

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11 September 2009 | by Jenny Webb

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