Incendium Amoris (‘The Fire of Love’) take as its starting point the writings, life and landscape of the fourteenth century mystic Richard Rolle, ‘the hermit of Hampole’, containing responses to his writings, re-imagined vignettes from his biography and psycho-geographical transformations of his landscape — which is also the author’s landscape. The book’s Catholic vision is demonstrated in the range of content and themes addressed — England and the English, the North, poaching, brigandage and social banditry, ‘the Mob’, class, monarchy, love & sex, religion and the irrational, ecology, rewilding and much more. The guerrilla pastoral idiom of the poems is a peasant’s revolt against the accelerating cultural, social and environmental devastations of globalising capital, affirming as an alternative an inchoate and utopian yeoman-anarchism.

Steve Ely launches Incendium Amoris at St. Laurence’s Church, Church Lane, Adwick-le-Street, DN6 7AQ, on Thursday 8 June (6.30pm – 9pm). St Laurence’s Church would have been Richard Rolle’s parish church. Steve will be joined by Ann Walton, the Rector of St Laurence’s, and poet Chris Jones, reading his Reformation-era sequence ‘Death and the Gallant’. This is one of several events taking place ahead of the main Ted Hughes Festival weekend (click here for further details).

Free event: click here to reserve your place.

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