Christopher Villiers during his book reading in London

Here are a couple of photographs of the British Catholic poet, Christopher Villiers, during his book reading from Petals of Vision at Once Upon a Mic held in London, England last week. The video below provides an excerpt from Villiers’ performance.

Christopher Villiers during his book reading in London

NEWS: Theologian Christopher Villiers at Barnstaple Library

Above are a few photographs of British Catholic theologian and poet Christopher Villiers during a reading and signing of his new book Petals of Vision at Barnstaple Library, Devon, England this past weekend. In the video below you can watch Villiers reading the poem The Road to Spring during the event.

NEWS: Theologian Christopher Villiers at Barnstaple Library

NEWS: Christopher Villiers to present his latest book to readers at Barnstaple Library

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Christopher Villiers with a copy of his latest book at Barnstaple Library, Devon, UK.

Our British Catholic theologian and poet Christopher Villiers (right) will be giving a public reading from his newly released book Petals of Vision at Barnstaple Library, Devon, England on January 28. Entrance is free and all are welcome. Signed copies of the paperback edition of the book will be available.

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NEWS: Christopher Villiers to present his latest book to readers at Barnstaple Library

JUST OUT: Petals of Vision by British Catholic theologian Christopher Villiers

petals-of-vision-front-cover-goodHope and Life Press is pleased to announce the release of the poetry book titled Petals of Vision by award-winning British Catholic theologian and poet Christopher Villiers. Petals of Vision is an anthology of 72 poems and sonnets in which the vicissitudes of human love are addressed through lyrics and flawless rhymes that fill the soul with love, sorrow, hope, joy, humility, depth, and even laughter. Presented through a world characterized by versatility and surrounded by symbolism, sincere images, and heartfelt thoughts, this new collection gives readers of classic poetry a great opportunity to revel once again, as its contents imprint on the memory for a lifetime. Petals of Vision is available in paperback and ebook editions from Amazon, the publishers Hope and Life Press, and major booksellers.

Early Reviews

Villiers’s lyrics fill the soul with love, humility and depth . . . a superb writer who reinvigorates personalized memories or a similar ambiance drawn from the verses depicted in subtle implications that embody hope, sympathize with sorrow along with exuberance and triumphs . . . genuinely a poet who takes life to the fullest. Readers will revel in Villiers’s Petals of Vision that will imprint in the memory, plus relish each stance while absorbing every phrase until the end – Hadel S. Ma’ayeh, Huffington Post Passionista and author of From the Heart: A Journey of Love.

Villiers’s new collection Petals of Vision offers deeply felt poetry in a wide variety of forms and covering subjects. Here are sonnets that chart the highs and lows of human love, short lyrics inspired by nature, and also some delightful ‘nonsense poems’ voiced for different animals – for example, the excellent and satiric Parliament of Owls. There are many moving little touches and poems that are, in his words “Petals of grace” that “Spread blessing/Unseen by the wider world” – Reverend Malcolm Guite, Ph.D., Chaplain and Supervisor, Girton College, Cambridge University.

In this wonderful second collection of poems, Villiers again sings “the universe into … rhyme” and weaves nature with religious allusion in suggested tales of love’s loss and gain. Here are deft and lucid vignettes, sturdy poems of yearning, new found resolve, and — on occasion — humor too – Gerard Loughlin, Ph.D., Professor of Theology and Religion, Durham University.

About the Author

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Christopher Villiers

Christopher Villiers is a British theologian and freelance writer who has written about religious matters for a wide variety of publications, both academic and popular. He holds the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Theology from Durham University, United Kingdom, with a specialization in the history of Christian doctrine. His postgraduate thesis addressed the Divine impassibility in the theology of Saint Cyril of Alexandria, with reference to modern theological debates on divine impassibility deriving from biblical, historical and philosophical scholarship.

Villiers is a practicing Catholic with an interest in ecumenism, particularly in relation to the Eastern Orthodox churches. He writes on a regular basis for the ecumenical theological journal Sobornost. Villiers is the author of Sonnets From the Spirit (2015), a book of illustrated biblical poetry for Lent. He is also the winner of the 2008 Jean Cowling Prize in Theology and the first prizewinner of the 2015 Sonnets for Shakespeare Poetry Award.

JUST OUT: Petals of Vision by British Catholic theologian Christopher Villiers

OUT IN JANUARY 2017: Petals of Vision

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OUT SOON: Petals of Vision by award-winning British theologian Christopher Villiers

OUT SOON: Petals of Vision by award-winning British theologian Christopher Villiers

British Catholic theologian Christopher Villiers at Durham University

christopher-villiersHere is a photograph of our award-winning British Catholic theologian and poet Christopher Villiers during a reading of his  book Sonnets From the Spirit earlier today at Durham University, North East England. Both the author and the poems were very well received by the audience who could not stop asking for more. Sonnets From the Spirit is available in paperback and ebook editions from Amazon, the publishers and major booksellers.

British Catholic theologian Christopher Villiers at Durham University

Great poetry reading by Christopher Villiers at Exeter University

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Christopher Villiers at Exeter University holding up his first book SONNETS FROM THE SPIRIT

Here is a picture of our British author and theologian Christopher Villiers with some fans after his great reading yesterday at Exeter University’s Catholic Society, Devon, England, of excerpts from his book of biblical poetry Sonnets From the Spirit. The book is available in paperback and ebook editions from Amazon, ourselves at Hope and Life Press, and other booksellers. Villiers is also the author of a second book Petals of Vision, set to be released by Hope and Life Press to the general public early in the coming Winter season.

Great poetry reading by Christopher Villiers at Exeter University

NEWS: Poetry reading at Oxford by Christopher Villiers on July 14

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Our British Catholic award-winning theologian and poet, Christopher Villiers, will be giving a Poetry Reading on Thursday, July 14, from his book Sonnets From the Spirit at Saint Gregory’s House, 1 Canterbury Road,  Oxford, United Kingdom. The reading will take place during the morning session of the Sacred and Secular in Life and Art organized by the Ainos Cultural Society, the University of Winchester, and the Fellowship of Saint Alban and Saint Sergius. Participants include Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia, Aidan Hart, Rebecca White, and Andrew Louth.

Sonnets From the Spirit, released late last year by Hope and Life Press, contains an anthology of 52 icons in poetry from major episodes in Scripture, written according to the ancient practice of midrash and illustrated by great works of sacred art. The book provides readers with a little feel for God working through, and sometimes despite, very human people whose strengths and weaknesses greatly resembled those of 21st century humankind. Sonnets From the Spirit is available in paperback and ebook editions from Amazon globally, directly from Hope and Life Press, and major booksellers.

NEWS: Poetry reading at Oxford by Christopher Villiers on July 14

Poetry and the Sacred readings at Oxford by Christopher Villiers

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Our British Catholic award-winning theologian and poet, Christopher Villiers, will be giving a readings presentation in July from his book Sonnets From the Spirit at the House of Saint Gregory and Saint Macrina, Oxford, United Kingdom. The presentation is titled Poetry and the Sacred and will be part of the event Sacred and Secular in Life and Art organized by the Ainos Cultural Society, the University of Winchester, and the Fellowship of Saint Alban and Saint Sergius. Participants include Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia, Aidan Hart, Rebecca White, and Andrew Louth.

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Sonnets From the Spirit, released late last year by Hope and Life Press, contains an anthology of 52 icons in poetry from major episodes in Scripture, written according to the ancient practice of midrash and illustrated by great works of sacred art. The book provides readers with a little feel for God working through, and sometimes despite, very human people whose strengths and weaknesses greatly resembled those of 21st century humankind. Sonnets From the Spirit is available in paperback and ebook editions from Amazon globally, directly from Hope and Life Press, and major booksellers.

Poetry and the Sacred readings at Oxford by Christopher Villiers