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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 will take place at Bloxham School. 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 21st

Saturday 22nd

10.30am
Love in Translation
Malcolm Guite and Roger Wagner

Roger Wagner and Malcolm Guite in readings and conversation about the ways in which poetry, art, and music translate the world for us and might help us hear how God speaks into his creation.

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10.30am
A Love of the Sea
Ed Newell

Ed Newell talks about his love for the sea and his book The Sacramental Sea: A Spiritual Voyage through Christian History.

 

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12.00pm
Aftershocks
A. N. Wilson

A.N. Wilson speaks about his novel Aftershocks. Followed by a Q&A session with audience.

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12.00pm
Love and Marriage in Sixteenth-Century France
Suzannah Lipscomb

Professor Suzannah Lipscomb brings us stories of ordinary women from sixteenth-century France to reveal insights into their everyday lives, and how their dreams of love and marriage were realized or shattered.

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12.00pm
Participation in Economies of Love: Foodbanks, Politics and Theology
Charles Pemberton

How are contemporary Christians are embodying the best of their own food tradition? What will the future of Christian engagement with food involve?

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2.30pm
The Heart of it All
Sam Wells

Sam Wells describes the process of reducing 360,000 words of the Bible to a 20,000 word book.

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2.30pm
Godbothering
Rhidian Brook

On talking and writing about faith today.

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2.30pm
Whole-hearted Loving: a poetic exploration of the love of God and neighbour
Malcolm Guite

Drawing on some of his own sonnets, and on the work of Donne and Herbert, Malcolm Guite explores the two great commandments, and more widely the call and response of Love in the Christian life.

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4.00pm
'Music on the wind': The love poetry of George Herbert and RS Thomas
Mark Oakley
4.00pm
Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death
Alan Hargrave and Madeleine Davies

With love, comes loss - and loss brings mourning. Alan Hargrave and Madeleine Davies have written about their experiences of familial bereavement in 'One for Sorrow' and 'Lights For The Path – A Guide Through Grief, Pain and Loss'. They will be in conversation with John Pritchard.

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5.30pm
Neither Life nor Death
Fergus Butler-Gallie

The power of love in the lives of the clergy, religious, and lay Christians who resisted Fascism. 

 

A conversation, with reading and Q&A. 

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5.30pm
The Eclipse of God's Love in the Life of the Church.
Martyn Percy

Martyn Percy on how our mission and ministry all too often falls short of expressing God's overwhelming love.

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7.00pm
Drinks Reception and Gala Dinner

Join us for a sumptuous three-course gala dinner.

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9.30pm
Harry and Chris
Harry and Chris
10.00am
Shakespeare's Dimensions of Love
Paul Edmondson, Finbar Lynch, Niamh Cusack

This talk, complemented by readings from Niamh Cusack and Finbar Lynch, will consider some of the different kinds of love which can be found across the Shakespearian canon.

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10.00am
Love on the Edge
Cole Moreton

Cole Moreton talks about his debut novel, The Light Keeper

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11.30am
The Darker Side of Love
Jo Baker

Novelist Jo Baker talks about The Body Lies, her riveting new novel.

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11.30am
For the love of food, for the love of fat
Hannah Bacon

Hannah Bacon talks about the research behind her new book, Feminist Theology and Contemporary Dieting Culture: Sin, Salvation and Women's Weight Loss Narratives.

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11.30am
Poetry in the Kingdom of Love
Rachel Mann

Rachel Mann reads from and discusses the poems in her new collection, 'A Kingdom of Love'.

 

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1.00pm
Kiss and Part
Catherine Fox, Jo Baker, Michael Bywater, Sarah Hosking, Salley Vickers

Kiss and Part is a collection of short stories by a range of well-known women novelists. What the contributors to the collection have in common is that they have all stayed at a small cottage in Warwickshire, courtesy of a remarkable project to give women writers 'a room of one's own'.

 

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1.00pm
Love Hurts?
Natalie Collins

All of us will be familiar with supporting friends and family through the ups and downs of relationships. But could some of the difficult times of conflict point to more than the usual problems?

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2.30pm
'Live without love, or without the love I want’
Judith Maltby, Alison Shell, Sara Pearson, Catherine Fox

Anglican women novelists on human love and love of the Church.

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2.30pm
From Lot to Bathsheba: Myths Ancient and Modern
Michael Arditti and Cole Moreton

Novelist Michael Arditti in conversation about his work with Cole Moreton.

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4.00pm
Love Writing: How to avoid winning the Bad Sex Award
Catherine Fox and Michael Arditti
4.00pm
A Very Anglican Praxis: Godliness, Learning and Good Works
Adrian Leak

Adrian Leak will draw upon his book of essays Archbishop Benson’s Humming Top to illustrate four Anglican Types.

 

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5.30pm
Grandmothers
Salley Vickers

Salley Vickers speaks about her tenth novel, "Grandmothers", which explores the lives of three very different women, and the power of intergenerational love in our lives.

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6.30pm
Evening Worship
8.00pm
Love is all you need
North Cotswold Chamber Choir and Peter Hunt

A choral journey inspired by the power of love.

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Speakers

Sam Wells
Jo Baker
Alan Hargrave
Charles Pemberton
Fergus Butler-Gallie
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… https://t.co/VjOGaJ9Hcl