21-22 February 2020: The Power of Love
love, n.1 : An intense feeling of romantic attachment based on an attraction felt by one person for another; intense liking and concern for another person. Oxford English Dictionary
**NEW EVENT** We are pleased to announce that Marie-Elsa Bragg – author, priest, therapist and Duty Chaplain of Westminster Abbey – will be joining us to speak about her new book, Sleeping Letters. This event will take place at 5.30pm on Saturday 22nd February 2020. Tickets available now!
**CANCELLATION** We're very sorry to announce that Salley Vickers will no longer be able to attend the festival. We will refund all Grandmothers tickets shortly and do please browse the website to find any other events that might appeal! Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
This year’s theme is The Power of Love.
Our speakers this year explore all that love may mean; its passion and its excitement – and more prosaically its kindness and comfort – but also often its pain and sorrow.
Delve into the love poetry of George Herbert and RS Thomas with Mark Oakley, discover forgotten stories of sixteenth-century love and marriage with Suzannah Lipscomb, or examine the darker side of love with novelist Jo Baker. Spend time with the women behind the 'Kiss and Part' short story collection or find out just what it takes to create an abbreviated Bible with Sam Wells.
Don't miss the festival Gala Dinner on Friday night, and join us on Saturday evening for an inspiring programme from festival favourites the North Cotswold Chamber Choir.
All this and more - explore the festival programme here.
Welcome to the Church Times Festival of Faith and Literature.
Our mission is to encourage a love of literature as it relates to faith, and to create a thoughtful and relaxing space in which to consider works of literature and their religious and moral themes. It's for anyone who is interested in the big questions of life.
The festival takes place every two years at Bloxham School in Oxfordshire. The next festival will take place 21st & 22nd February 2020 - we hope you can join us!
'...a great opportunity to take time out to consider literature and faith in a beautiful setting with lots of other interesting people.'
Sir Tony Baldry, Founder & Chairman of the Festival