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The Very Revd Dr John Drury

Official Fellow since 2003
My book Music at Midnight: The Life and Poetry of George Herbert was published by Allen Lane / Penguin in 2013. I am now working on an edition of Herbert’s complete poetry for Penguin Classics, due to be published in 2014.


  • Dean of Christ Church, Oxford (from 1991 to 2003)
  • Dean of Chapel and Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge (from 1981 to 1991)
  • Lecturer in Religious Studies, Sussex University (from 1979 to 1981)
  • Resident Canon of Norwich Cathedral and Examining Chaplain to Bishop of Norwich (Vice-Dean of Norwich, 1978) (from 1973 to 1979)
  • Chaplain and Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford (from 1969 to 1973)
  • Chaplain, Downing College, Cambridge (from 1966 to 1969)
  • Curate, St John’s Wood Church, London (from 1963 to 1966)
  • Ordained at Westcott House, Cambridge
    Undergraduate, Trinity Hall, Cambridge (to 1961)

Research interests

  • Theology
  • A study of the poetry of George Herbert in its historical context and for its present power and value


  • Music at Midnight: The Life and Poetry of George Herbert (London: Allen Lane, 2013).
  • Painting the Word (London: Yale University Press, 1999).
  • The Burning Bush (London: Fount, 1990).
  • Critics of the Bible, 1724-1873 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989).
  • The Parables in the Gospels (London: SPCK, 1985).
  • The Pot and the Knife (London: SCM Press, 1979).
  • Tradition and Design in Luke’s Gospel (London: Darton, Longman, and Todd, 1976).
  • Luke (London: Collins, 1973).
  • Angels and Dirt (London : Darton, Longman, and Todd, 1972).

Other professional memberships and roles

  • Hon. Student of Christ Church
  • Hon. Fellow of Exeter College and Trinity Hall, Cambridge
  • Hussey Lecturer, University of Oxford (1997)
  • Syndic, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (from 1988 to 1991)
  • Examining Chaplain to Bishop of Chichester (from 1980 to 1982)
  • Fleck Resident in Religion, Bryn Mawr College, USA (1978)
  • Member, Doctrine Commission of Church of England (from 1978 to 1982)
  • Joint Editor, Theology (from 1976 to 1986)