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Festival 2016: 'All the World's a Stage'

Friday 19 - Sunday 21 February 2016

A huge thank you to all our speakers, volunteers, guests, school staff and everyone who joined us at the 2016 Bloxham Festival!


The Bloxham Festival of Faith & Literature returns to Oxfordshire in February 2016.

As the "literary festival with a theological slant", the Bloxham Festival of Faith & Literature celebrates the very best new fiction and non-fiction with a faith perspective. In keeping with our theme for 2016 - 'All the World's a Stage' - many sessions will explore William Shakespeare's work, life and world-view.

The shortlist for the 2016 Michael Ramsey Prize will also be announced at the Bloxham Festival. First launched in 2005, the prize is awarded every three years and celebrates the most promising contemporary theological writing from the global Church. To find out more about the prize visit

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.   Sarah Meyrick, Festival Director

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Mpho Tutu and John PritchardFestival 2014: War and Peace

> Photos from the 2014 Bloxham Festival of Faith and Literature

Your Comments

You attract the best people. Why go to Hay?   Rosemary Wilson

Impeccably staged, in lovely surroundings, superb catering.   Terry Sheppard

Thank you for a unique and uplifting experience.    Rachel and Jock Goodall

Everyone very helpful, great feel to the whole venue. I feel very lucky that it is close for me!  Sue Ashdown

The strength of this programme is linking faith with today’s issues.   John Root

A first time visit and it did not disappoint. The poetry was poignant and moving and the choral work superb. Congratulations to all concerned.

It was so tantalising that so many outstanding speakers clashed with each other. I wanted to hear so much more!


Rt Revd Stephen CottrellFestival 2013: Devices and Desires

Your Comments

A gem of a festival: thought-provoking but with a light touch. Will definitely be organising my diary around the dates for the next one. Eleanor Cozens

First-rate speakers in a delightful setting. Simon Kingston

Really interesting variety of events, discussions. Small enough to be intimate but big enough to be significant. Peter Sellick

I loved and was inspired by the events I went to. Ballet Rambert's "Dancing the Unspeakable" touched me deeper than any words and Padraig O Tuama is a joy of a man! I look forward to next year. Susie Stead

Truly inspirational. I am still pondering on what I heard and working through a new reading list.

Wonderfully challenging festival. Food for thought and encouragement to think! It was a feast for the eyes and the soul. Elaine Dando

Friendly welcome, fascinating speakers and a great atmosphere.

A brilliantly refreshing weekend, with excellent speakers covering a wide range of life experiences which meant I came away with fresh thoughts and inspiration. Very well organised and I hope there will be many more!