Interruptions and Intrusions – Barbara Davey











‘Interruptions and Intrusions: Five Short Pieces’



In these five short reflective poems I have sought to engage creatively with aspects of the Incarnation and the Crucifixion, setting these alongside moments in my own life. 

The inspiration for  the second stanza, the Incarnation, is J.S.Bach’s Advent Chorale Nun Komm, der Heiden Heiland BWV 61. The inspiration for the fourth stanza, the Crucifixion, is a fourteenth century Palmesel I came across several years ago in a small town museum in Germany. The life-size figure was placed on a cart and trundled through the streets in procession.




Barbara Davey is a Quaker serving on the Chaplaincy team here in St Andrews. 

She grew up outside London in a family that was both German/Jewish and English. Barbara is a committee member of StAnza Poetry Festival; she has read at Platform Poetry Nights and most recently at the university’s Poetry and Faith event.


  • Karen is finishing a PhD program in the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts after careers in corporate management, consulting, and pastoral and theatre ministry. She explores theological and theatrical contexts of ’empty space’ and general human disposition toward it, with emphasis on improvisation (specifically Playback Theatre) and Holy Saturday. Since 2017, Karen has led or advised ITIA’s Transept group, a postgraduate-led group of multidisciplinary practicing artists. Karen was an editor for Transpositions from 2017 to 2022. As Editor-in-Chief, she fostered a closer partnership between Transpositions and Transept, hosted the In/break exhibition on the Transpositions site, and introduced regular series into the publishing schedule.