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Suzannah Lipscomb
Peter Hunt
Paul Edmondson
Sam Wells
Marie-Elsa Bragg
A. N. Wilson

21-22 February 2020: The Power of Love

SESSION RECORDINGS: Most of the sessions were recorded and are now available on a USB stick, which can be purchased through Church House Bookshop:

A huge thanks to all who attended the festival this year. There was a superb atmosphere throughout and we hope to welcome many of you back next time.

A further thank you to all the speakers for their illuminating and entertaining talks, as well as to our generous sponsors and to the school staff, stewards and volunteers who made everything run so smoothly. 


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 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




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