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Programme

Unless otherwise stated all sessions should last 55 minutes (including questions), to allow plenty of time to get to the next session - with perhaps a coffee or a snack from the school canteen on the way.

Events on Friday and Saturday will take place at Bloxham School. All Sunday events will take place at St Mary's, Bloxham. Individual rooms will be allocated nearer the time.

Please note that some events may have to change or be cancelled at short notice - we aim to minimise any alterations of course and will give you as much notice as possible.

Friday 16th

Saturday 17th

Sunday 18th

11.00am
A Warning from History
Edmund Newell and Kurt Barling

Explore the challenges facing nations and societies today, through the lens of history and the remarkable book Darkness over Germany, republished in English for the first time since 1945. 

 

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11.00am
What language do they speak in the new Jerusalem?
Mark Oakley

Mark Oakley explores the language of faith, and why we should conceive of faith as 'poetry plus, not science minus'. 

 

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12.30pm
Telling Stories, True and Otherwise
Francis Spufford

In conversation with Bishop John Pritchard, award-winning writer and fellow of the Royal Society of Literature Francis Spufford talks about his recent switch from non-fiction to fiction, and asks: can stories be the golden thread promised by Blake, which ‘will lead you in at Heaven’s gate, built in Jerusalem wall’?  And if so, how?

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12.30pm
……in England’s torn, conflicted land?
Margaret Silf

Drawing upon her latest books, Margaret Silf explores the future of creation - and asks, what if the seeds of transformation are already within us? 

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12.30pm
What might Jesus make of the C of E?
Philip North
2.30pm
Just Living: Faith and community in a consumer society
Ruth Valerio

Dr Ruth Valerio asks why and how we might try to live a joyful, spiritual life - beyond the bounds of our consumer-obsessed society. 

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2.30pm
Finding a Path to Peace: Real Stories from Jerusalem's Youth
Kids 4 Peace

In the face of violence and fear, an new generation of Christian, Jewish and Muslim youth have come together to chart a different future for their city. Listen to the youth of Kids4Peace share their stories of faith, hope, and courageous action in the midst of conflict.

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2.30pm
Keeping Faith with Fiction
Francesca Kay

Francesca Kay in conversation with Canon Adrian Daffern. 

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4.00pm
‘Fierce Imaginings’: What hope for a New Jerusalem One Hundred Years on from the Great War?
Rachel Mann

Rachel Mann explores the resources we have to glimpse signs of a New Jerusalem, in a troubled world that persists 100 years after 'the war to end all wars'. 

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4.00pm
The Citizen's Basic Income
Malcolm Torry and Edmund Newell

The Citizen’s Basic Income: an unconditional and nonwithdrawable income for every individual.

 

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4.00pm
The Pilgrim’s Return – maintaining a pilgrim spirit in everyday life
Sally Welch

Festival Director Sarah Meyrick in conversation with Sally Welch, experienced pilgrim and author of several books on labyrinths and pilgrimage. 

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5.30pm
Journey Through Conflict
Andy Salmon

Major-General Andy Salmon CMG OBE creates a storytelling experience fusing art, live piano improvisation from concert-pianist and film composer Tom Donald and the haunting vocals of Nevroz Oremani into a emotional and personal journey through conflict. (1hr 15 mins)

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5.30pm
The Leaves of the Tree are for the Healing of the Nations
Graham Usher

A talk exploring trees and how, by walking in their midst, we can sift and settle our thoughts, coming closer to God the creator, and finding healing for a wounded planet.

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7.00pm
Wine Reception & Gala Dinner
James Runcie Great Hall

With after dinner speaker James Runcie, author of The Grantchester Mysteries. 

 

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10.00am
Moral Tales from the New Jerusalem - The Grantchester Mysteries
James Runcie and Cole Moreton

James Runcie in conversation with Cole Morton. James Runcie's work has been televised as the highly popular Grantchester (ITV). He talks about Sidney Chambers and the books that inspired the series. 

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10.00am
Blessed Plot: How the English Parish Built a Nation
Andrew Rumsey

With the author of 'Parish: An Anglican theology of Place'. 

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10.00am
Brave New World
Simeon Courtie, Philip S. Davies, Kate Nicholas

The world of publishing has changed dramatically in a generation. Two local writers talk about their journey to publication and what it takes to be a successful author in 2018.

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11.15am
Pilgrims on the road to a new Jerusalem: Puppet-craft workshop

Find out more about pilgrimage and make your own pilgrim puppet. For ages 5+.

 

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11.30am
In Beauty May I Walk: the Power of Cathedrals and Churches
John Inge and Fiona Reynolds

Cathedrals and churches have always inspired awe and wonder in visitors, even if their primary reason for visiting is not religious. What are the factors that make a space 'sacred'?

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11.30am
Breathing Deep
Ian Adams

Ian Adams performs poems that open up the possibility of a resilient inner life, that in turn may bring peace and hope to our demanding world.

 

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11.30am
I Will Not Die but Will Live and Declare the Works of God
Kate Nicholas

Author Kate Nicholas talks about Sea Changed – the best-selling account of her unconventional faith journey - and the challenge and gift of creativity in extremis. 

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1.00pm
The Boy who Gave his Heart Away
Cole Moreton

Cole Moreton tells the deeply moving, true story of a life saved by a heart transplant, the unusual bond between two mothers that followed, and explores the emotional and spiritual issues around organ donation. 

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1.00pm
Arrows of Desire: the poetry of love and longing
Malcolm Guite

Beginning with Blake’s ‘Jerusalem’, Malcolm Guite explores the links between longing and vision, reading from his own work but also drawing on other poets.

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2.15pm
Discover your Destiny: Fantasy Worlds, Characters and Quests
Philip S. Davies

A game, a quiz, a chance to explore what makes up a fantasy story, and have a go yourself. For ages 8 to adult. 

 

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2.30pm
Katharine Welby-Roberts
Katharine Welby-Roberts

Life never turns out as we expected. Katharine Welby-Roberts unpacked everyday issues of blame, self-doubt and identity to help us think about how we might live life a little better in her debut book, 'I Thought There Would Be Cake'. 

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2.30pm
The Political Samaritan: how politics hijacked a parable
Nick Spencer and Eve Poole

Everyone’s used it: Margaret Thatcher and Gordon Brown, Tony Blair and Nicola Sturgeon, Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn…

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2.30pm
What did Jesus look like?
Joan E. Taylor

Jesus Christ is arguably the most famous man who ever lived. His image adorns countless churches, icons, and paintings. But what did Jesus really look like? 

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4.00pm
Converting Capitalism - building a New Jerusalem one bank statement at a time
Eve Poole

Why is capitalism so broken, and why is going shopping one of the best ways to fix it? And is the New Jerusalem really female?

 

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4.00pm
People and Place
Marie-Elsa Bragg and Joanna Rossiter

Marie-Elsa Bragg and Joanna Rossiter discuss the bonds that we form with particular landscapes and how those ties are transmuted and altered from one generation to another.

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4.00pm
From Desert to Cyberspace: some monastic attempts at building the new Jerusalem
Catherine Wybourne

Monks and nuns are often thought of as living an ‘alternative’ lifestyle, but they are very much engaged with this world as well as the next. Is there anything to be learned from their experience?

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5.30pm
Fearful Symmetry: Blake’s Jerusalem
Theatre 17

A new solo-drama performance from Theatre 17, which will premiere at the Church Times Festival of Faith and Literature on Saturday 17th February 2018.

 

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5.30pm
Future Present
Ian Adams and Jonny Baker

Another world is always possible, always dreamable. When it comes to newness and change it’s tempting to look at the past and seek to tweak it but what happens if you start with imagining a different future and then design the present on the basis of that incoming future? 

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8.00pm
Shakespeare Revue - Love, Life and Laughter
Shakespeare Revue Company

After their sell-out success at the 2016 Festival with An Actor’s Life for Me, the Shakespeare Revue Company returns with another hilarious evening of sparkling song, dance and sketches.

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9.30am
Festival Eucharist

Festival Eucharist at St Mary's Church, Bloxham.

11.30am
Food, pleasure and community + Lunch
Bill Sewell

Bill shares his enjoyment and experience of food and uses a selection of recipes from the book as catalysts for thinking about the good things of life. Plus - join him for a lunch after the talk! 

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2.15pm
Building a City for God: Paper-craft workshop
St Mary's Parish Rooms

Make paper/card/pop-up models of buildings in Jerusalem. For ages 5+.

 

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2.30pm
Karl Sabbagh and Ghada Karmi
Karl Sabbagh and Ghada Karmi

Ghada Karmi talks to her friend Karl Sabbagh, the son of a Palestinian father and author of 'Palestine: A Personal History', and 'Britain in Palestine', about her upbringing and her quest for identity in a confusing world.  

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4.00pm
And I Saw a New Heaven
Peter Hunt

An hour of choral music and readings contemplating the theme of ‘A New Jerusalem’.

 

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6.00pm
6.00pm Songs of Praise

A free event at St Mary's Church, to celebrate the end of the festival. 

Speakers

Francesca Kay
Joanna Rossiter
Cole Moreton
Ghada Karmi
Karl Sabbagh
Tue 05 Dec @ 12:20
Have you ever imagined what the world would be like if…? Introducing our children's writing competition for school… https://t.co/H1S75OZOC7