Join our poet-in-residence Dan Simpson for the culmination of his time at St Albans Cathedral. Over the course of these tumultuous eighteen months he has written poems about our site: the building, the people, the history, the stories, and the uniqueness of St Albans Cathedral. This will be a very special in-the-round spoken word performance at the Cathedral’s crossing, bathed in candlelight and under our arches and stained glass.

As part of the exhibition of these words, hear Dan’s verse created just for us. There will be spaces for anyone to read their poetry too, so get in touch with our Community Engagement Officer, Lindsay Wong, if you are interested in being part of this event: [email protected]

Date: Wednesday 13 October

Time: 8pm - 9pm

Cost: £8 for adults or £5 for students

Venue: The Crossing, St Albans Cathedral. Entry is via the Welcome Centre 

No parking is available at the Cathedral. If you require a space for access reasons, please email us in advance.

How to Book: You can book online here using the button below, or call the Box Office on 01727 890290. Tickets will be on sale until 5pm on the day of the event. Please ensure that you provide a current email address when you book.


About Dan

Dan Simpson, the Cathedral's current poet-in-residence, is a writer, performer, producer, and educator. He makes highly engaging and contemporary work that is entertaining, intelligent, and thought-provoking. His subjects include science and technology; history and place; art and culture; people and poetry. 

A former Canterbury Laureate, Dan has been Poet-in-Residence at Glastonbury Festival, Waterloo Station, National Trust Stowe, Imperial College London, and St Albans Cathedral. His two collections of poetry are Applied Mathematics and Totally Cultured (Burning Eye Books) - with the latter touring to 15 UK cities. Dan has performed around the world including at Glastonbury Festival, Chicago’s Uptown Poetry Slam, Sofar Sounds Auckland, and on the BBC. He has taken five solo shows to Edinburgh Fringe and won commissions from Southbank Centre, Free Word, and Corinium Museum.