Event Name 32nd Eric Symes Abbott Memorial Lecture: Faith and Imagination
Start Date 11th May 2017 6:30pm

Author and critic Salley Vickers gives the annual Eric Symes Abbott memorial lecture at Westminster Abbey.

In 'Faith and Imagination – How the Arts speak to the reality of the Unseen’, she addresses the crucial role of the arts in giving shape and form to abiding intangible realities, suggesting the vital importance of nurturing the imagination through the arts in an increasingly secular society.

Salley Vickers has worked as a university teacher of literature and a psychoanalyst. She now writes and lectures full time and is widely known for her critically acclaimed novels such as the best-selling ‘Miss Garnet's Angel’, ’The Cleaner of Chartres’ and most recently ‘Cousins’, novels which explore the metaphysical dimensions - psychological and spiritual - of human experience.

The Eric Symes Abbott Memorial Lectures are given in memory of Dean Eric Symes Abbott (1906-1983), who was at various times Dean of King's College London, Warden of Lincoln Theological College, Warden of Keble College Oxford, and Dean of Westminster. The Eric Symes Abbott Memorial Fund was endowed after his death by his friends to provide for an annual lecture on spirituality and pastoral theology. Past lecturers include the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, the Rt Hon Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, and the playwright David Hare.

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