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A short video showcasing Manchester Cathedral Bees by Adam York Gregory Manchester Cathedral Bees from Adam York Gregory on Vimeo. Bee Hive Cameras We currently have two bee hive cameras upon the flat roof of Manchester Cathedral, click on the play button below to view the bees and their hives. Heavenly Honey produced by our […]

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Sir David Richards, Patron of Volition

Sir David Richards has become a patron of Volition Community following a visit last year to see the work of this charity. Welcoming Sir David, the Dean of Manchester thanked Sir David for his commitment to this programme which runs from Manchester and Liverpool Cathedrals. Sir David, encouraged at the outcomes of this programme of […]

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Beekeeping newsletter 14th May 2020

What a difference a year makes! As I wander through the silence of the Cathedral, making my way to the spiral staircase that will take me to the roof, I am reminded that only a year ago we were celebrating Manchester City’s Premier League title win. The Cathedral was bustling with people and equipment the […]

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Poetry writing workshop

Volition now offers a four-week poetry writing workshop group open to all who come from the programme, past and present. These are open to everyone from all backgrounds, education levels, and creative writing experience. Our first group included four sessions ranging from an introduction to poetry, a crash course on art history to understand style and abstraction, a week editing each other’s poems as a group, and ecopoetry workshop where we went into the cathedral grounds and wrote from the perspective of a tree. 

Since joining Manchester Cathedral as their writer-in-residence, delivering poetry workshops at Volition has produced some of the most enjoyable and impactful moments. Unemployment can, and does, affect anyone, so the diversity in skills and experience means that I am lucky enough to witness and support the writing of some incredible work. 

Each session on Wednesday mornings we look at some context for the subject, read a poem together, look at how it functions, and then do some writing exercises. Workshops exist to experiment, to write with time constraints and surprise ourselves! Most of the time you will get the seed of a poem to take home and continue working on.

The inaugural ‘Poem of the Month’, published on the Volition website, was awarded to Rebecca Connor who ‘The Cherry Tree’ during our ecopoetry session. Rebecca’s poem transmutes personal experience into a forensic examination into the life and energy of a cherry tree in the gardens, thinking about the pain it has suffered and centuries of human interactions with nature. Using the figure of the tree allowed the poet to write about otherwise difficult topics, approaching suffering obliquely through this mask, or as Emily Dickinson says, ‘Tell all the truth but tell it slant’.

Someone in every group will be awarded ‘Poem of the Month’ for a daring and formally intuitive poem written during these sessions. Next year we will compile the work of all Volition poets into a printed anthology. Every group will be slightly different with new writing exercises, different themes, and a whole load of thrilling contemporary poetry to read and delve into! 

For more information, or to sign up, please contact

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