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1 December 2020

The Quarantine Quatrains – A new Rubaiyat

Malcolm Guite, with illustrations by Roger Wagner


This poem of forty verses of four lines each is modelled on Fitzgerald’s translation of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. The accompanying illustrations by Roger Wagner are inspired by the tradition of Persian miniature painting. First published by The Parchment Press in 2020 in a limited edition of 600 copies (now sold out), with all profits donated to The Care Workers’ Charity, we are pleased to be able to share the poem as the first on-line paper of December.

THE REVD. DR MALCOLM GUITE is a Life Fellow, and the former Chaplain, of Girton College, a poet, musician, and the author of studies of Coleridge and of C.S. Lewis.

ROGER WAGNER read English at Oxford and studied art at The Royal Academy of Art. Since his first exhibition in 1985 he has created a distinguished body of work in a broad range of media, praised by Peter Levi and Rowan Williams.



14 December 2020

The Fresh Air of Tradition: In Praise of Dogma, Goodness and Tradition

Aidan Hart


This paper is adapted from Aidan Hart’s book Beauty Spirit Matter (2014).


AIDAN HART, a member of the Greek Orthodox Church living in Britain, has been a full-time icon painter and carver for over twenty-five years. He has works in more than twenty countries of the world and in many cathedrals and monasteries. He is a Fellow of the Temenos Academy.