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Speakers

Speakers include:

A. N. Wilson

A. N. Wilson grew up in Staffordshire, where his father was Managing Director of Josiah Wedgwood & Sons. He was educated at Rugby and New College, Oxford. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he holds a prominent position in the world of literature and journalism. He is a prolific and award-winning biographer and celebrated novelist. His most recent novel, Winnie and Wolf, was longlisted for the 2007 Man Booker Prize. He lives in North London.

Sessions

Aftershocks

Adrian Leak

Adrian is an Anglican priest and freelance writer He has published two collections of essays: Nebuchadnezzar’s Marmalade Pot (2017) and Archbishop Benson’s Humming Top (2018).His parochial ministry has included rural incumbencies and cathedral appointments. In 2017 he was elected Fellow the Society of Antiquaries.

Sessions

A Very Anglican Praxis: Godliness, Learning and Good Works

Alan Hargrave

After training as an Engineer, Alan worked for ten years with the Anglican Church in South America before returning to the UK to train as a priest. In 2004, after eleven years as vicar of a council estate, he became Canon Missioner of Ely Cathedral, retiring in 2016.  His most recent book, ‘One for Sorrow’, tells how he coped (or failed to cope) with the death of his son, Tom, from cancer.  Alan is passionate about justice, Yorkshire cricket, golf, his children and grandchildren, his wife Annie and, of course, the Almighty.

Sessions

Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death

Alison Shell

Alison Shell is a Professor of English Literature at University College London. She has written widely on the literature and history of Christianity, and has a particular interest in Anglicanism and Catholicism. In 2019, she and Judith Maltby co-authored Anglican Women Novelists: From Charlotte Brontë to P.D. James (Bloomsbury).

Sessions

'Live without love, or without the love I want’

Catherine Fox

Dr Catherine Wilcox is a senior lecturer in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University. Writing as Catherine Fox, she is author of seven novels that explore themes of the spiritual and the physical with insight and humour. Her Lindchester Chronicles are published by Marylebone House/SPCK.

Sessions

Kiss and Part
'Live without love, or without the love I want’
Love Writing: How to avoid winning the Bad Sex Award

Charles Pemberton

Charles Roding Pemberton is the author of a forthcoming book on foodbanks and political theology for SCM Press. He has taught theology and social theory at the Universities of Manchester and Chester and currently teaches at Durham. Father to a noisy son, husband to a wonderful wife. And he will have his carrot cake, in this life or the next.

Sessions

Participation in Economies of Love: Foodbanks, Politics and Theology

Cole Moreton

Cole Moreton is a writer and broadcaster. He has been named Interviewer of the Year for his work with the Mail on Sunday and his Radio 4 series The Boy Who Gave His Heart Away won Audio Moment of the Year, beating the Archers! Cole lives near Beachy Head, setting for his debut novel The Light Keeper.

Sessions

Love on the Edge
From Lot to Bathsheba: Myths Ancient and Modern

Ed Newell

Ed Newell is an Anglican priest, economic historian, and Chief Executive of the educational charity Cumberland Lodge. He was previously Canon Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral and founding Director of St Paul's Institute, Sub-Dean of Christ Church, Oxford and a Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford. As well as his academic articles, he has written features for the Church Times, and five books. He is also a regular contributor to Pause for Thought on BBC Radio 2.

Sessions

A Love of the Sea

Finbar Lynch

Theatre includes: Peer Gynt (Gate Theatre); Three Sisters ( Royal Court); Othello (Greenwich Theatre); The Two Gentlemen of Verona; The Alchemist; Julius Caesar(1994); Coriolanus; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Measure for Measure; The Tempest; Julius Caesar (2006); King Lear; Antony and Cleopatra (all RSC); The Duchess of Malfi; Richard III (Almeida).

Sessions

Shakespeare's Dimensions of Love

Hannah Bacon

Hannah Bacon is Associate Professor in Feminist Theology and Acting Head of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Chester, UK. She is author of Feminist Theology and Contemporary Dieting Culture: Sin, Salvation and Women’s Weight Loss Narratives (T & T Clark, 2019) and What’s Right with the Trinity (Ashgate, 2009). She is co-editor with Wayne Morris and Steve Knowles of Transforming Exclusion: Engaging Faith Perspectives (T & T Clark, 2011), and with Wendy Dossett and Steve Knowles of Alternative Salvations. Engaging the Sacred and the Secular (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015). She gained her PhD from the University of Liverpool, UK in 2004 for a thesis examining the Trinity in relation to feminist theological methodology. More recently, her research has focused on the interface between Christian theology and contemporary secular weight loss dieting and is rooted in qualitative work she conducted inside a secular weight loss organization in the UK. It considers how theological discourses of sin and salvation serve to normalize weight loss and fat phobia while testing the ability of Christian tradition to transform cultural attitudes towards fat.

Sessions

For the love of food, for the love of fat

Janet Morley

Janet Morley is a writer and retreat leader, with a lifelong interest in literature and its interconnections with Christian faith. She has worked for both Christian Aid and the Methodist Church, and recently has published a series of poetry anthologies with SPCK, with accessible commentaries that are both literary and devotional in intent.

Sessions

Love Set You Going

Jo Baker

Jo Baker is the author of seven novels, most recently The Body Lies (2019). Her previous book, A Country Road, A Tree (2017) was shortlisted for the American Library in Paris Award, the James Tait Black Award and Walter Scott Prize, and was a Book of the Year in the Guardian and New Statesman. Longbourn (2013), an international bestseller, is currently in development as a feature film. She is an Honorary Fellow of Lancaster University and was a Visiting Fellow at the Queen’s University of Belfast. She married to the playwright and screenwriter Daragh Carville. They live in Lancaster with their two children.

Sessions

The Darker Side of Love
Kiss and Part

Judith Maltby

Judith Maltby is Reader in Church History at the University of Oxford and Chaplain & Fellow of Corpus Christi College.  She has published widely on the history of Anglicanism, particularly the Book of Common Prayer and parish religion, Anglicanism’s literary culture, as well as issues of topical concern.  With Alison Shell, she is the co-editor of Anglican Women Novelists:  Charlotte Brontë to P.D. James (Bloomsbury, 2019).  Judith is also an honorary canon of Christ Church, Oxford, Leicester Cathedral, Canon Theologian (Emerita) of Winchester and a member of the General Synod and the Crown Nominations Commission of the Church of England.

Sessions

'Live without love, or without the love I want’

Madeleine Davies

Madeleine Davies is Features Editor at Church Times. She has also written for the Guardian, Financial Times, and Commonweal on faith and politics. Her first book draws on memories of her teenage years, and interviews with others bereaved as adolescents.

Sessions

Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death

Malcolm Doney

Malcolm Doney trained as a fine artist before pursuing a writing career in journalism, advertising and broadcasting. He has written ten books and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought, and Radio 4’s Something Understood. He is co-author with Martin Wroe of Lifelines: Notes on life & love, faith & doubt, published by Unbound. Also a volunteer vicar, he lives in Suffolk with his wife, Dot the dog, several sheep and chickens, and his horse Neville.

Sessions

What do we talk about when we talk about love (and life and faith and doubt)?

Malcolm Guite

Malcolm Guite is a poet and priest. He is Chaplain and Supernumerary Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge. He lectures widely in England and North America on Theology and Literature and has published books of poetry, theology, and literary criticism and has worked as a librettist. His poetry books include Sounding the Seasons and After Prayer.

Sessions

Love in Translation
Whole-hearted Loving: a poetic exploration of the love of God and neighbour

Marie-Elsa Bragg

Marie-Elsa Bragg is half French and half Cumbrian, and is a writer, lecturer, Priest and a Duty Chaplain of Westminster Abbey. She has worked for 20 years as a Spiritual Director and is a member of WATCH Parliament, a small group who work alongside parliament on women’s issues within the Church. Her second book, Sleeping Letters, was published in November 2019 and is a description of the ritual of the Eucharist alongside a compilation of poetry, memoir and fragments of un-sent letters. 

Sessions

Sleeping Letters

Mark Oakley

Mark Oakley is the Dean of St John’s College, Cambridge, and was formerly the Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral. He is a highly regarded author, lecturer and broadcaster, whose themes include human rights, poetry and the arts, and the place of faith in contemporary life. His book The Splash of Words: Believing in Poetry won the Michael Ramsey Prize in 2019. His latest books are By Way of the Heart: the Seasons of Faith and My Sour Sweet Days: George Herbert's Poems through Lent.

Sessions

'Music on the wind': The love poetry of George Herbert and RS Thomas

Martin Wroe

Martin Wroe studied theology before becoming a staff writer for the Independent and the Observer. He won a Sony Gold Radio Award for the Radio 1 series The Big Holy One. He is a volunteer vicar in his local parish and a contributor to Thought for the Day on Radio 4. He is co-author with Malcolm Doney of Lifelines: Notes on life & love, faith & doubt, published by Unbound. He lives in London with his wife.

Sessions

What do we talk about when we talk about love (and life and faith and doubt)?

Martyn Percy

The Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy is Dean of Christ Church, Oxford. From 2004-14 Martyn was Principal of Ripon College, Cuddesdon, one of the largest Anglican ordination training centres in the world. He has also undertaken a number of roles with charities and in public life, including being a Director of the Advertising Standards Authority and an Advisor to the British Board of Film Classification. Martyn writes on religion in contemporary culture and modern ecclesiology. He teaches for Faculty of Theology at the University of Oxford, and also tutors in the Social Sciences Division and at the Saïd Business School.

Sessions

The Eclipse of God's Love in the Life of the Church.

Michael Arditti

Michael Arditti is a highly acclaimed novelist, critic and short story writer. His books include Easter, The Enemy of the Good, Jubilate, The Breath of Night and Of Men and Angels. His latest, The Anointed, is out in May. Philip Pullman described him as ‘Our best chronicler of the rewards and pitfalls of present day faith.’

Sessions

From Lot to Bathsheba: Myths Ancient and Modern
Love Writing: How to avoid winning the Bad Sex Award

Michael Bywater

Michael Bywater is a columnist, critic and essayist and the author of The Chronicles of Bargepole, Lost Worlds (which was read by Stephen Fry as BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week) and Big Babies. He writes regularly for the Independent, and is a columnist for the Week.

He originally went up to Cambridge to read medicine but became, and remained, sidetracked, completing his BA in English and continuing with postgraduate work in Theatre Performance Studies at Cardiff before moving into journalism. He was a staff editor at Punch magazine for more than 10 years, and has written for a wide range of newspapers and magazines from the Observer to Cosmopolitan. He wrote two-and-a-half computer games with the late Douglas Adams and retains an interest in electronic narratives. He is also a regular broadcaster.

Michael has taught tragedy at Cambridge and structured investigation to, among others, oil engineers in Syria. He has had residencies at Magdalene and King’s College, Cambridge. He is currently completing a musical on the life of Oscar Wilde with the celebrated American songwriter Mike Stoller. He is also a harpsichordist, organist and pilot.

Sessions

Kiss and Part

Natalie Collins

Natalie Collins is a Gender Justice Specialist.  She is the Creator and Director of the DAY Programme for young people and the Own My Life course for women.  Author of “Out Of Control; couples, conflict and the capacity for change", she organises Project 3:28 and co-founded the UK Christian Feminist Network.

Sessions

Love Hurts?

North Cotswold Chamber Choir

The North Cotswold Chamber Choir is one of the finest choral groups in Oxfordshire. Formed in 1992, our repertoire embraces a huge range of styles encompassing music of the last thousand years, from Gregorian plainchant , via sacred Tudor anthems and masterpieces of the Baroque period, to secular, contemporary and popular works.

Sessions

Love is all you need

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue is Oxford's premier all-male a cappella group, and the top a cappella group in the UK by number of championships. You may have seen us from our viral video hits, which have received over 17 million views on YouTube! Comprising students from Oxford University and Oxford Brookes University, Out of the Blue has performed on the West End and on Broadway, reached the semifinals of Britain's Got Talent, and toured around the world to places including Switzerland, Canada, India, Hong Kong, and Japan.  

Out of the Blue have proudly supported Helen and Douglas House for the last ten years, donating all annual profits to them after costs, and regularly visiting the hospice during term time to sing to the families and staff. Helen & Douglas House Hospice for Children and Young Adults is the world's first children's hospice; it provides much-needed palliative, respite, end-of-life and bereavement care to life-limited children and young adults, and their families. For more information, go to http://www.helenanddouglas.org.uk/

 

Sessions

This Thing Called Love

Paul Edmondson

Rev. Dr. Paul Edmondson is Head of Research for The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. He is the author, co-author, and co-editor of many books and articles about Shakespeare, including biographical and performance studies, as well as work on the plays and poems. He is also a priest in The Church of England.

Sessions

Shakespeare's Dimensions of Love

Peter Hunt

Peter is one of the UK’s most experienced choral trainers and conductors, having worked with a wide variety of singers and choral groups for over thirty years. In 2015 he retired as Deputy Head of Berkshire Maestros, an independent music service where he specialized in leading singing projects in schools, and conducting the County Choirs. He gained his B.A. in Music from Dartington College of Arts and his teaching qualifications from the University of London, and had a long career in secondary education, which included being Head of Performing Arts at Chipping Norton School, before focusing on choral education. Peter is the inspiration behind the Voiceworks series of handbooks for singing, published by Oxford University Press, which has helped to transform singing for children and adults and choir leaders in many settings. He is the author or co-author of six of its titles, is still the series editor and is developing its reach to USA markets. He has also collaborated with Bob Chilcott on a song series.

After retiring from full time work Peter started teaching and coaching adults and in 2016 started the Banbury Singing for Wellbeing group to help older adults improve their health and wellbeing through singing. The group is supported by the Oxfordshire charity Sound Resource of which he is a trustee. His passion for singing and vast experience of training has led to the establishment of a Sing for Parkinson’s group in Banbury and interest in Singing for lung health. His mission is to see singing on prescription as an aid to improved health and wellbeing and happiness.

Sessions

Love is all you need

Rachel Mann

Canon Rachel Mann is a parish priest, scholar and poet. Her study of the Great War and memory, ‘Fierce Imaginings’, was shortlisted for the Michael Ramsey Prize. Author of seven books, her debut poetry collection, ‘A Kingdom of Love’ was published by Carcanet in 2019. Her book of reflections on Christina Rossetti's poems, In the Bleak Midwinter, is new for Advent and Christmas 2019. 

Sessions

Poetry in the Kingdom of Love

Rhidian Brook

Rhidian Brook is an award-winning writer of fiction. His first novel, The Testimony of Taliesin Jones, won several prizes including the Somerset Maugham Award. His third, The Aftermath, was an international bestseller and has been translated into twenty-five languages; it has also been made into a major motion picture. His latest novel, The Killing of Butterfly Joe, is just out in paperback. He has written for television and the screen and has been a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s ‘Thought for the Day’ for 20 years.

Sessions

Godbothering

Roger Wagner

Roger Wagner is a painter and poet who has also worked in stained glass, ceramics and fabrics. He teaches at the Ruskin School of Drawing in Oxford. He has lectured in Britain and internationally on art, science and religion. His books include The Penultimate Curiosity: how science swims in the slipstream of ultimate questions (with Andrew Briggs) - for which he also scripted and jointly presented an internationally broadcast documentary film, The Curious Science Quest (with Julia Golding and Andrew Briggs), and most recently a book of poetry and images: The Nearer you Stand.

Sessions

Roger Wagner Exhibition
Love in Translation
Roger Wagner Exhibition

Sam Wells

‘Sam Wells arguably has the liveliest, most agile, best informed, critically disciplined mind in the entire Christian community. And he has a baptized heart of honesty, compassion, and passion to match his baptized mind.’ (Walter Brueggemann) Sam’s most recent books are Walk Humbly and A Future That's Bigger Than The Past. He has been Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields since 2012.

Sessions

The Heart of it All

Sara Pearson

Sara Pearson is an Associate Professor of English at Trinity Western University, Canada. She has published on Christianity and biblical intertextuality in Romantic and Victorian literature, with a particular focus on Charlotte Brontë. In 2016 she co-authored with Christine Alexander Celebrating Charlotte Brontë: Transforming Life into Literature in Jane Eyre.

Sessions

'Live without love, or without the love I want’

Sarah Hosking

Sarah Hosking had a long career in the arts before founding the Hosking Houses Trust on her retirement in 2000. This was to give bricks, mortar and a credited bank account to Virginia Woolf's 1928 polemic 'Room of One's Own' and, in a small cottage near Stratford, over one hundred women writers have since received peace, privacy and financial support. The anthology 'Kiss and Part' was commissioned to celebrate the enterprise's success.

Sessions

Kiss and Part

Stephen Cottrell

Stephen Cottrell has been the Bishop of Chelmsford since 2010, serving Essex and East London, and is Archbishop-designate of York. He is a member of the House of Lords and is on the Select Committee for Communication. He is a well-known writer and speaker on evangelism, spirituality and catechesis. He is married to Rebecca who is a potter, and they have three boys. His most recent books are The Sleepy Shepherd, a re-telling of the Christmas story for children; and Striking Out, Poems and Stories from the Camino. His Lent Book, I Thirst, has been re-issued this year.

Sessions

Love: one step at a time

Suzannah Lipscomb

Professor Suzannah Lipscomb is an award-winning historian, author, and broadcaster. She is Professor of History at the University of Roehampton, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and holds an MA, MSt, and DPhil in History from Lincoln and Balliol Colleges, Oxford. She has written five books and presented 13 history TV series.

Sessions

Love and Marriage in Sixteenth-Century France

Speakers

Sam Wells
Michael Arditti
Paul Edmondson
Malcolm Guite
Sarah Hosking
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