March 2007

New Workshops at Cathedral

'A Still Centre in a Turning World'

Tuesdays 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th May 2007
2-4pm or 6-8pm

This series of four sessions offers an opportunity for writers to use themes suggested by the cathedral. Each session will focus on one of the elements (fire, water, earth and air) and look at them in their physical, spiritual and metaphorical contexts. There will be opportunities to explore and gain inspiration from the cathedral. We will focus mostly on poetry but writers in other mediums are welcome. Anyone with an interest in writing and spirituality is welcome - no prior experience is necessary.

Places are limited and must be booked in advance. The fee for the four workshops is £40.
To book or for further information, call the cathedral Office on 01872 276782.


November 2006

Launch of 'Many Waters'

Truro Cathedral will be launching a new poetry collection by Victoria Field based on her ten months as the Cathedral’s first writer-in-residence. 

She began the residency at the end of November 2005 and as well as her developing her own creative response, there have been organised writing workshops for members of the public, even some poetry incorporated into worship.

The collection is entitled Many WatersPoems from Ten Months at Cornwall’s Cathedral.  The title is a reference to both the Cathedral’s position at the confluence of three rivers and also to the biblical text that says ‘many waters cannot quench love’.   

Victoria has been inspired by the residency, “I have tried in the poems not simply to describe the Cathedral but to use its power and beauty to explore aspects of the world around us and especially the mysterious ways in which emotion, memory and wonder come together.’

The residency was sponsored by Ecclesiastical, Arts Council England and University College, Falmouth who built a website especially for the residency. 

The Dean of Truro, Dr Christopher Hardwick, is delighted with the way in which the residency has worked out, “It was a huge gamble for the Cathedral to choose a writer and poet as Artist-in-Residence. We were tremendously fortunate to have someone of Victoria’s calibre with us this year. Her insights are beautifully crafted and equally revealing. Her gift with words has made us all pause and reflect on aspects of the Cathedral’s life that we usually take for granted. We wish her well in her future endeavours and hope that we can work together with her on future projects.”

There will be a presentation of the poems with cello music played by T.J. Holmes on Sunday 19th November at 2pm at the Cathedral.  The event is free of charge and open to all.

Some of the poems in the book have appeared or will appear in prestigious literary magazines, including four which were snapped up by Australia’s leading poet, Les Murray for Quadrant.  Others have been placed in poetry competitions. 

The book is published by Fal Publications (www. on the 16th November and will be available from the Cathedral shop, local bookshops and online from the Cathedral website


June 2006

Shared Spaces

A collaborative work between Shallal Dance Theatre Company’s Zoe Wilton, local cellist Andrew Brown, and Truro Cathedral’s poet in residence Victoria Field, is taking place at St.Peter’s Church, Newlyn on Saturday 17th.June at 12 p.m.  This performance was inspired by Robert Fripp’s benefit concert for Shallal held at St.Peter’s last December, and a desire by Zoe to choreograph a piece exploring the shared space of movement, language and music within the shared space of the church.

The result is both dynamic and moving, with focal points of stillness provided by sculptures by Lisa Mortensen and a painting by Peter Willis, artists with longstanding connections to Shallal.  St.Peter’s Church community and Shallal Dance Theatre have had a lengthy relationship, the company using the church hall as rehearsal space for many years.

Entrance is by donation, with proceeds being shared between St.Peter’s Church Fund, St.Petroc’s and Shallal Dance Theatre.  For those who cannot make the 17th June date, there will be a second opportunity to see the piece at  “Poems in the Cathedral”, an event organised by Victoria Field on 2nd July at Truro Cathedral.

January 2006

Writing Workshops at Truro Cathedral

Are you are writer who would be interested in exploring and deepening your work in a cathedral context? This is a unique opportunity to attend a regular workshop facilitated by Truro Cathedral’s writer-in-residence. It will focus mostly on poetry but writers in other mediums are welcome. The purpose will be to explore the cathedral, both as a building and also its many roles in the city of Truro, through creative writing.

The workshops will run for 10 weeks on Tuesday afternoons from 7th February 2006, 1.30-3.30 pm. They are free of charge but places are limited and must be booked in advance. To book or for further information, call the Cathedral Office on 01872 276782.