Part of the AHRC/ESRC-funded Religion and Society Programme, this project investigates the spiritual possibilities of the present by rescuing a neglected poem, one of the great epics of English literature, Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene.

It involves Royal Holloway, University of London
; the University of Oxford; Manchester Cathedral;The College of St George, Windsor Castle; The Windsor Festival; Shakespeare’s Globe; Poet in the City; Cumberland Lodge; Bishop David Brown School; and George Mitchell School. 

And it will be of interest to poets, writers and readers as well as scholars and those of all faiths and none, who hunger for beauty, meaning and value. To find out more, read
About the Project.



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We are delighted to invite all friends, collaborators and supporters to the launch of the Redcrosse book after the RSC performance at Coventry Cathedral: Invitation to the Redcrosse Book Launch



RSC to Perform Redcrosse - tickets now available!

Redcrosse dustjacket image(29th September 2012)

'How do we think about identity in ways that don't reflect anxiety, fear of the other, uncritical adulation of our past and all the other pitfalls that surround this subject? The Redcrosse project manages to negotiate these difficulties with immense imaginative energy and honesty: no sour notes, no attempt to overcompensate by desperately overapologetic rhetoric, simply a recovery of deep roots and generous vision. As much as it takes its cue from Spenser, it's a contemporary working out of some of the great and inexhaustible legacy of Blake, a unique contribution to what is often a pretty sterile discussion of who we are in these islands.'

- Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, UK

On the evening of Saturday the 17th of November the RSC will be performing Redcrosse, the new questing and inclusive poetic liturgy for England and St George which Ewan Fernie (Shakespeare Institute, Birmingham) wrote with the major poets Jo Shapcott, Michael Symmons Roberts and Andrew Motion, and the theologian Andrew Shanks,  as part of their multi-grant-winning Religion and Society project.  Inspired by Edmund Spenser's neglected epic The Faerie Queene, Redcrosse got considerable national press last year, in The Guardian, on radio and television, and even in The Daily Star, when it was performed in Windsor Castle and Manchester Cathedral.  Its RSC production in the modernist masterpiece of Coventry Cathedral, featuring the original music of Grammy-winning Tim Garland as performed by Acoustic Triangle and the Royal Holloway Choir, will be its most dramatic and exciting instantiation to date, taking its audience on an adventure into what England is and can be.  Don’t miss it.  For further details and tickets (£8, £6.50), please click here.



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