The Reverend Canon Mark Oakley, Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral, author of several books, including The Splash of Words; Believing in Poetry and the Collage of God. Canon Oakley’s interests are the relationship between faith and poetry, human rights and the language and place of faith in the contemporary world. He is a trustee for the Civil Liberties Trust, an ambassador for Stop Hate UK and a Patron of Tell MAMA, supporting victims of anti-Muslim hate.

The Canon Chancellor is responsible for the education and outreach activities of the Cathedral through the work of its Schools and Families Learning Department and the St Paul’s Adult Learning Department, He also oversees the work of St Paul’s Institute through which the Cathedral seeks to engage with ethical issues concerning the City, finance and human wellbeing. The Canon Chancellor is also responsible for the visual arts policy of the cathedral which seeks to enhance the mission f the Cathedral through temporary art installations.

Drinks and canapés will be served from 6.30pm, with the lecture to start at 7.15pm.