BRIEF: Whitworth to host reading by Irish Catholic poet, mediator and LGBT rights supporter

Whitworth University’s English Department will host Pádraig  Ó Tuama as one of its endowed readers for the year at 7 p.m. on Nov. 18 in the Hixson Union Building’s Multipurpose Room. Ó Tuama is a Belfast-based Irish poet, speaker and conflict mediator. He is the author of the recent poetry collection “Readings from the Book of Exile” and an album of Christian lament called “Hymns to Swear By.”

A devout Catholic who is openly gay,  Ó Tuama writes about LGBT issues and Christianity for a blog called Faith and Pride. On Monday, he will be reading some of his poetry. The event is free and open to the public. Below is a video of Ó Tuama reading his poem, “L is for Lonely.”

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