The Traherne Festival is held each summer in Credenhill (5 miles NW of Hereford), and in Hereford.

October 10

Thomas Traherne, Hereford’s poet priest, was buried on 10 October in 1674 and is celebrated both in the Church of England's calendar and by the annual Jeremy Maule lecture.

2018 Festival
2nd June 2018 to 4th June 2018

This year’s speakers include the poet and critic Hilary Davies, whose most recent volume of poetry is Exile and the Kingdom; Marianne Dorman, who has published on Lancelot Andrewes and the Caroline divine, Mark Frank; and Jane Partner, whose recently published book, Poetry and Vision in Early Modern England, brings together texts and images to provide a context for interpreting the poetry of Traherne and other early modern writers. Artist Andrea McLean will be showing some of her work and Sunday morning’s preacher will be the Very Revd Nick Bury. Saturday evening’s entertainment is provided by Richard Glasspoole and Friends, and on Monday we shall visit the seventeenth-century Quaker meeting house at Almeley Wootton. For an application form click here.

Hereford Variations
14th August 2018

On Tuesday 14 August the American composer Peter Berton will be playing his Hereford Variations at the lunchtime organ recital in Hereford Cathedral (1.15 pm). These are inspired by Tom Denny’s Traherne windows and Elgar’s Enigma Variations and written specifically for Hereford’s famous Father Willis organ. The theme is taken from the hymn tune Hereford written by former Hereford organist S. S. Wesley for his grandfather’s hymn, ’Oh Thou who camest from above’.

Jeremy Maule Lecture
13th October 2018

We are delighted to announce that this year’s lecturer is the Rt. Hon. and Rt. Rev. Lord Williams of Oystermouth.

One of Tom Denny's inspirational Traherne windows situated in the Audley Chapel in Hereford Cathedral

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