In honour of the 400th anniversary of the birth of the Vaughan twins – Henry, the poet and physician, and Thomas, the priest and alchemical philosopher – the Vaughan Association is holding an online celebration on Sunday 25th April 2021, from 4-6pm BST.
The event will include brief talks about the brothers, interviews with contemporary artists who have been inspired by them, and the launch of a new book about Henry Vaughan’s poetry. There will also be readings of modern poems in the Vaughan tradition, musical interludes, and examples of the twins’ continuing influence in the Usk Valley area of South Wales. The occasion will conclude with a short film of the annual wreath-laying ceremony at the grave of Henry Vaughan in the grounds of Llansantffraed church, near Brecon. The wreath will be laid by members of the local community, the Brecknock Society and Llansantffraed parish.
To join the international community attending this online event, please register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org including ‘Birthday event’ in the subject line. There will be no charge for attendance, though you are invited to make a donation towards the work of the Vaughan Association and the publication of its annual journal of essays and poems in the metaphysical tradition, Scintilla.
Welcome and Zoom etiquette – Joe Sterrett
The Vaughan brothers – Donald Dickson
Poem 1: ‘Angel and Invisible Tree’, by Ruth Bidgood
Artist: Clive Hicks Jenkins (stained glass artist) interviewed by William Gibbs
The Vaughan Garden – Nina Krauzewicz
Music: ‘A Hymn for Peace’ from The Country Beyond the Stars by Daniel Jones
Poem 2: ‘The Conversation of Prayers’, by Dylan Thomas
Artist: Philippine Sowerby (sculptor) interviewed by William Gibbs
Poem 3: ‘The Prayer’, by RS Thomas
Book launch: Keeping the Ancient Way by Bob Wilcher
[Break – 10 mins]
Thomas Vaughan – Alan Rudrum, read by Holly Nelson
Music: from A Vision of Time and Eternity by William Mathias
Y Gaer, Brecon and public poetry – Christopher Meredith
Poem 4: ‘Taken by surprise’, by Elizabeth Jennings
Artist: Martin Wenham (letter carver)
Poem 5: ‘The Bird in the Tree’, by Ruth Pitter
Vaughan memorial address formerly presented in 2010 by the late Anne Cluysenaar read by Jonathan Nauman
Wreath-laid by the Brecknock society at Henry Vaughan’s grave
Thank you – farewell