News Release

Grimsby hosts Interfaith Poetry evening

An appreciative audience attended an interfaith poetry evening
at the Grimsby meeting house of The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints. This unusual event was a cross culture, multi-faith
evening covering English, Scottish, Islamic and Hindu poetry.

A welcome and opening remarks were given in various languages by
Church member Tom Allsworth followed by Rob Collier who spoke about
the poet William Wordsworth and the romantic movement in English
literature.  Dirk Hayes discussed the Scottish poet Robert Burns,
Oumar Niang Diop spoke on North African Islamic poet El Hadj Malick
Sy, and Himansu Gadiali on the Indian poet Kabir.

Some of the Islamic and Hindu poetry had clear religious connotation.
Many in the audience found it interesting as they recognised
parallels, similarities and uniting themes linking the various faiths.

Time was given for questions from the audience after each
presentation, the participation was lively and enthusiastic in a warm
uplifting atmosphere.

The evening was educational, enlightening and entertaining.

The event was conceived and organised by Rob Collier as part of
ongoing interaction with the local Interfaith group "Communities

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