Fund-raising Evening for Christian Aid

Christian Aid Christmas Appeal



All Saints’ School Hall, Compton

Wednesday, 18th November 2015

7:30pm to 9:30pm

Music, reflections and poetry on Grace


“I was completely entranced by the language and thoughts, feelings and the love…in it all”

Audience member at Glasgow University in October

The Rector warmly invites you to a stimulating evening with South African writer Chris Mann, Emeritus Professor of Poetry at Rhodes University


  • Introduction over a glass of wine
  • Interval with home-made soup and rolls
  • Music, reflections and poetry on Grace



01962 714 485 or 07777 602 550


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From the description of a similar event by Chris Mann held in London in October

This event takes the form of an extended meditation on love. Its sequence of accessible poems and song-poems with the guitar outlines the growth of spirituality in a relationship over the years. The performance provides personalised yet archetypal expression of eros, agape and caritas at work in a turbulent world, and moments of silence in which the audience is invited to reflect on and deepen their understanding of love in its different forms.

“These poems tell a story that is as profound as it is familiar. The poems are delicate, shaded, sometimes startlingly direct, but above all honest. They are sacraments to love.” Reverend David Jasper, Professor of Literature and Theology, University of Glasgow.

“…the poetry and song of Chris Mann is delightfully refreshing. The sacred is wonderfully ordinary and extraordinarily close…” Reverend Tim Gray, Rector, St Francis of Assisi, Johannesburg.

Chris Mann, Honorary Professor of Poetry at Rhodes University, Grahamstown is one of South Africa’s most prominent writers. A playwright, singer-song writer and poet, he has published numerous books and won numerous awards, including the Newdigate Prize for Poetry while a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. Please Google his name and ‘Poetry International’ for more information. The evening performance is based on his volume of poems, Rudiments of Grace.

For every pound you give, the UK Government will give a pound more. Donations made to the Christmas appeal between 6 November 2015 and 5 February 2016 will be matched up to £5 million.

We would welcome all donations and do not wish to limit your generosity by naming an amount, but would suggest a minimum of £5.00.    Refreshments and presentation are provided freely by others.  As they have freely given, we hope that you also will give freely to this reliable and effective charity.

Please give as much as your heart tells you…

John Wilkinson OBE
Chairman, Winchester Christian Aid

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