Church shows off Tennyson works

A CELEBRATION of Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s work will be held this month.

On Saturday, June 30 St Swithin’s Church, in Broadgate, Lincoln, will host an event to celebrate the famous Lincolnshire poet’s work and its connection with the Olympic spirit.

The event will begin at 11am and include readings of Tennyson’s poetry by Graham King, examples of Tennyson’s Lincolnshire dialect poetry read by Brian Dawson, Olympian Tennyson, a short lecture by Dr Jim Cheshire (University of Lincoln), A screening of WAGscreen’s film of the Lady of Shalott, Tennyson’s poetry set to music and sung by Kate Witney and a tour of the Tennyson Research Centre’s internationally important collection of artefacts, books and manuscripts.

Refreshments will be available and entry will be by donation to the church.

Grace Timmins, collections access officer at the Tennyson Research Centre, Lincoln said: “Tennyson is one of Lincolnshire’s most famous sons and that a line from his poem Ulysses has been chosen to inspireworld-class athletes during the Olympic Games is fantastic.

“This event will explore and celebrate Tennyson’s contribution to the Olympic Spirit.”

Ben Stoker, Lincolnshire Open Churches officer for the Diocese of Lincoln, said: “St Swithin’s Church is in the heart of Lincoln city centre, right next door to the library and Tennyson Research Centre, so an ideal venue for this event.

“St Swithin’s will be delighted to welcome people along to what promises to be a very enjoyable day.”