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Dr Williams, who is a Visiting Professor at the University, as well as an honorary graduate, will be talking about ‘Power and Prayer in Shakespeare’ next Tuesday, May 14.

As well as his public, evening lecture, he will also be presenting a workshop with University students in the afternoon, on ‘poetry in construction’.

Professor Wayne Morris, Director of the School of Humanities at the University of Chester and Professor of Contextual Theology, said: “We are very excited to be welcoming Lord Williams back to the University. He is Professor of Theology and Literature at the University, so the fact that his lecture spans both disciplines is perfect. All are welcome to attend for what promises to be a very interesting evening.”

Dr Rowan Williams is currently Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge (the home of the Pepys Library), having taken up the position more than six years ago. He was educated at Dynevor Secondary Grammar School in Swansea. He came up to Christ's College, Cambridge in 1968. He studied for his doctorate at Christ Church and Wadham College Oxford, working on the Russian Orthodox theologian Vladimir Lossky. His career began as a lecturer at Mirfield (1975-1977). He returned to Cambridge as Tutor and Director of Studies at Westcott House. After ordination in Ely Cathedral, and serving as Honorary Assistant Priest at St George's Chesterton, he was appointed to a University lectureship in Divinity. In 1984 he was elected a Fellow and Dean of Clare College. During his time at Clare he was arrested and fined for singing psalms as part of the CND protest at Lakenheath air-base. Then, still only 36, it was back to Oxford as Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity for six years, before becoming Bishop of Monmouth, and, from 2000, Archbishop of Wales. In 2002, he became the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury.

In 1990 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2003 and of the Learned Society of Wales in 2010. In 2013, he was made a life peer, becoming Lord Williams of Oystermouth, in the City and County of Swansea.

Dr Williams is a noted poet and translator of poetry, and, apart from Welsh, speaks or reads nine other languages. He learnt Russian in-order to read the works of Dostoevsky in the original. This led to a book; he has also published studies of Arius, Teresa of Avila, and Sergii Bulgakov, together with writings on a wide range of theological, historical and political themes.

‘Power and Prayer in Shakespeare’ takes place at 7.30pm on Tuesday, May 14, in the Binks Building on the Parkgate Road Campus.

It is free to attend, and booking is not required. In the event of any enquiries, please contact: trs@chester.ac.uk

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