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Leonard Cohen and the Dark Days of Advent (Glasgow)


  • Iona Community Glasgow 21 Carlton Court, Glasgow G5 9JP Scotland (map)

AN ADVENT URBAN RETREAT in Glasgow

Leonard Cohen started his career as a poet, and — almost accidentally — became known as a singer. His serious lyrics and gravelly voice often hid a humour and irony, and his lyrics betray a spirituality that was at once agnostic and devout. He died a few days after releasing You Want It Darker, an album that brought regret, romance, eros and entertainment together in seamless melodies underpinned by extraordinary harmonies and musicianship.

During this retreat, we will explore some of the lyrics and some of the life of Cohen, looking at his Jewish heritage, his appropriation of liturgy, his engagement with poetic form and his unflinching honesty in the face of a life lived with art and pain.

Friday 30th Nov from 7pm-9pm

Saturday 1st December from 9am-4pm (check proper times through link below)

For more information (and booking) click here.