‘What if this present were the world's last night?’: John Donne’s lessons for today’s Church

Following his contribution to BBC Radio 4’s programme on John Donne’s poetry, Mark Oakley explores the passions of John Donne’s soul and whether they might help the present Church renew its purpose, morale, and vocation.


Chair: Christine Smith

1.30pm Saturday 25 February 2023


Mark Oakley

The Rev’d Dr Mark Oakley is Dean of St John’s College, Cambridge, and the author of several books on the relationship between poetry and belief.

His book The Splash of Words: Believing in Poetry won the Michael Ramsey Prize in 2019. His latest books are By Way of the Heart: the Seasons of Faith and My Sour Sweet Days: George Herbert's Poems through Lent.


Suzannah Lipscomb
Anthony Seldon
Brian Draper
Emma Wells
Mark Oakley
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