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A. N. Wilson
Salley Vickers
Mark Oakley
Natalie Collins
Peter Hunt
Harry and Chris

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


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 hilarious Harry and Chris 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




Niamh Cusack
Malcolm Guite
Alison Shell
Finbar Lynch
Jo Baker
Wed 09 Oct @ 10:12
Introducing our theme for the 2020 Festival of Faith and Literature: The Power of Love See the programme and book…