The first poet in residence ever to be installed at Carlisle Cathedral in its 900 year history, has been visiting the city to explain what he hopes he can bring to the church in Cumbria.
He says he wants to use his position to engage the community with the Cathedral's day to day work.
Ryan Dollard reports:
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