We are delighted to announce that the postponed 25th annual Vaughan Colloquium will be taking place in person from 5th – 8th May 2022 in Brecon, Wales, beginning on the afternoon of Thursday 5th May and ending at lunchtime on Sunday 8th May. This will be a special celebratory conference, deferred by one year, marking the 400th anniversary of the birth of Henry and Thomas Vaughan. The title of the conference is ‘“Bright shoots of everlastingness”: Poetry, Spirituality and the Natural World’, and its focus is ‘the work of the seventeenth-century poets, Henry Vaughan and George Herbert, and the occult philosopher and alchemist, Thomas Vaughan’. The programme sessions comprise the familiar mixture of talks, poetry readings and other cultural events, including a poetry reading by Martyn Crucefix. The four plenary speakers are Dr Rowan Williams, Prof Donald Dickson, Dr Holly Faith Nelson and the Rev Canon Mark Oakley. Dr Williams’s lecture will be held in Brecon Cathedral on Friday 6th May at 7.30pm. The conference will also be hosting a concert of music for lute and voice, performed by James Bramley and Emily Owen, on Saturday 7th May at 8pm in the Plough Chapel, Brecon. Both of these evening events are open to the public, and tickets will be available on the door (£10/£7 concessions). For the programme, see http://www.vaughanassociation.org/vaughan-association-conference-2022/.
Dirck Hals, Amusing Party in the Open Air (1621)