Mary’s role in the Gospels is a relatively minor one, and yet in the centuries during which Christianity established itself she emerged as a powerful, strange and ungovernable force, endlessly remade and reimagined by wave after wave of devotees, ultimately becoming ‘a sort of God’, in ways that have always made some Christians uneasy.
Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III is a truly unusual, hilarious hero. Join the author of the brilliant How to Train your Dragon series for more swashbuckling adventures, madcap humour and of course, lots of deadly dragons.
To be human is to be hungry. Prof Tallis will take a biological, sociological, metaphysical, spiritual and political tour around the astonishing and disturbing metamorphoses of human hunger. Be prepared to have your soul X-rayed.
From manuscripts to Gutenbergs and Gideons we trace how the Bible has been endlessly retailored to meet the changing needs of religion, politics and the reading public while retaining its special status as a sacred text.
‘At that awkward age now between birth and death…’ – the patron saint of poetry wrestles with mortality, seeks love in the launderette, perspires in the Foreign Legion, snaps Henri Cartier Bresson in Liverpool and jives in Macca’s trousers.
Does the behaviour of a handful of investors in the City of London hold the key to our collective survival? With economist John Kay, sustainable investor Nick Robins and art activist James Marriott. Chaired by nef Policy Director Andrew Simms.
Part of the nef series ‘Surviving the Crash’. nef is sponsored by The Ecology Building Society
Until the Reformation churches were huge multi-functional spaces. There was no other centre. No pubs. No civic centres or courts. Everything happened in the parish church. Then it all got stuck. The church became a ‘God box’ full of pews. The radical Director of Ecclesiastical Property Solutions discusses the role of church buildings in their communities today.
Ever wondered about making your own green energy and selling it back to the National grid for a profit? Ben Fogle introduces the inspirational Green Valleys – Wales’ entry to the million pound Big Green Challenge Competition – who have done just that.
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The Archbishop of Canterbury’s reading of the great Russian master asks us to imagine what might be possible if we – characters and readers – saw the world in another light; the light provided by faith.
The novelist and screenwriter introduces his witty and acute social comedy set in a Sussex village.
'No one is perfectly happy. But when are we happy enough?' William Nicholson's new novel, The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life, enters the minds and hearts of a group of 'new villagers', the people who live in the country and work in the city. It's about marriage and sex, work and money, being a parent and being a child; about life not turning out the way you hoped, and about life being richer than you dreamed. The main plot – a wife whose long-ago lover returns, to remind her how intense her feelings once were – is borrowed from past experiences of the author's wife, Virginia Nicholson, herself a writer (Singled Out). She will be on the platform with him to discuss turning real life into fiction, whether her husband understands women, and the married life of two writers.