Mapping a Landscape of (Un)Holy Desires

In this conversation with poet Jay Hulme, Rachel Mann talks about the place of desire in her work as a poet, novelist and theologian. Ahead of the publication of her new book on Jane Austen, she will talk about the lines between holy and unholy desires in classic and recent literature.


Chair: Paul Handley


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4.30pm Saturday 25 February 2023


Rachel Mann

Rachel Mann is a poet, priest, novelist and critic based in Manchester. She is author of twelve books, including the critically-acclaimed Fierce Imaginings and A Kingdom of Love.

She is Visiting Fellow at the Manchester Writing School and Visiting Scholar at Sarum College. She holds a PhD on Nineteenth Century Women’s Poetry and the Bible and edited Carcanet’s Christina Rossetti: New Selected Poems.

She is currently completing a Canterbury Press Lent book based on the writings of Jane Austen, as well as a new poetry collection, due to be published by Carcanet in early 2024.

Jay Hulme

Jay Hulme is an award winning transgender poet, performer, speaker and educator from Leicester.

Alongside his writing he teaches poetry, works to raise awareness of LGBT rights and inclusion, and performs sensitivity reads on manuscripts. He is currently Poet in Residence at ‘The Poets’ Church’, St Giles’ in the Fields.

His poetry collection The Backwater Sermons is published by Canterbury Press.


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