Church Times Festival of Faith & Literature: 21-22 February 2020

Novelists, broadcasters, journalists, actors, poets, historians, theologians, artists, priests and a bishop are among the wide range of speakers taking part in next February’s Church Times Festival of Faith and Literature in Bloxham. Confirmed contributors include: highly acclaimed novelist and biographer A.N. Wilson, TV historian Suzannah Lipscomb, award-winning broadcaster Cole Moreton, and best-selling novelists Rhidian Brook, Jo Baker, Salley Vickers and Catherine Fox among others. Evening entertainment will be provided by Out of the Blue, Oxford’s premier all-male a cappella group and ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ semi-finalists, and by the uplifting North Cotswold Chamber Choir.

The Church Times Festival of Faith and Literature 2020 will take place from 21-22 February 2020 at Bloxham School, Oxfordshire. It is believed to be the only UK literary festival devoted to celebrating the very best fiction
and non-fiction with a faith perspective. This festival’s focus is on the power of love in our lives and through the ages: the passion, joy and comfort it brings, but also the anguish it can cause. As well as sessions by a host of contemporary writers about the role of love in their novels – and in classic novels from Charlotte Bronte to P. D. James – festival goers can delve into the works of John Donne, George Herbert, R. S. Thomas and Shakespeare, discover forgotten stories of 16th century love and marriage, explore the links between love, faith, broadcasting, ministry and community outreach, consider the painful side of love in terms of obsession, bereavement, and domestic abuse – and much more besides.

Sarah Meyrick, Festival Director, said,

‘We are delighted to be back in beautiful Bloxham for the 5th Church Times Festival of Faith and Literature – and with such a rich variety of contributors. 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. Anyone interested in the big questions of life will find plenty to ponder here!’

The full programme for the festival is now available online at https://bloxhamfaithandliterature.hymnsam.co.uk/ – tickets can now be booked online or by phone on 0845 017 6965 (lines open 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday). When booked before 6 December at the early bird rate, the sessions cost £10 each (£5 for students, ordinands and under 18s), with the exception of Out of the Blue (£12/£6) and the Gala Dinner (£45 including the performance by Out of the Blue). Bulk discounts are available. After 6 December, sessions will cost £12/£6 each.

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