Free to full-time students – Post-talk refreshments in aid of Church funds
Timothy Radcliffe, exploring one of the themes of his forthcoming book, Choose Life: a Christian Imagination, shares his experiences of the Middle East and how they have taught him hope in a dark time.
Praise in the Church Times for What’s The Point of Being a Christian:
‘a wholly admirable statement of what it means to be a thoughtful, receptive, faithful, and generous Christian in the West today’
Seven Last Words: ‘an engaging style, but with genuine depth. Reading his reflections on Jesus’s seven last words from the cross is like chatting to a wise friend.’
Timothy Radcliffe, a former Master of the worldwide Dominican Order, is now based in Oxford but remains an itinerant lecturer, broadcaster, preacher and retreat giver. His other bestselling books include Why go to Church, Take the Plunge and I Call You Friends.
Free to full-time students – Pre-talk refreshments in aid of Church funds
Terry Waite revisits his memoirs: Solitude; Out of the Silence; Taken on Trust, which was written when he was denied pen or paper during his captivity for almost five years in Beirut and was published on his release; and Travels with a Primate (new 2019 edition), an account of some of the amusing happenings that occurred when Terry accompanied the Archbishop of Canterbury on his official visits throughout the world.
Praise for Solitude:
‘a thoughtful and sensitive book’ Stella Rimmington
‘wonderfully perceptive and engaging’ Ranulph Fiennes
‘wide ranging, original, well-written and (best of all) companionable.’ Martin Bell
Terry Waite, who turns 80 at the end of May, continues to be fully occupied in working for the homeless, hostages and their families, overseas development and many other humanitarian activities.
With thanks to St. James’ Church, Richard Stephens, Sally Dymott and Ailsa Scott
to include tea or coffee
The Patchwork Poets, who meet regularly, give a presentation of their work, and audience members are invited to share their own poems. Guest poets Peter Sutton and Liana Hayrapetyan read from and discuss their newly published collection Poems of Armenian War and Peace.
Liana Hayrapetyan, poet, film-maker and visual artist, co-wrote the award winning short film Love Zack. This year her paintings are at a London exhibition featuring Armenian artists. She wrote her first poems in Armenian and Russian as a teenager and was deeply affected by the aftermath of Armenian independence.
Peter Sutton, poet, lecturer and workshop leader, has given readings at many festivals including Ledbury and Ilkley and at conferences in the US. He is the author of plays, textbooks, articles and a modern verse translation of Langland’s Piers Plowman.
Doors open 2.30pm (2hrs 8 mins)
Powerful, multi-layered conspiracy thriller exploring the pertinent subjects of national security, press freedom and the relationship between politicians and journalists, especially when a friendship is called into question. Is investigative journalist Cal McCaffrey searching for the truth or a scoop that sells papers?
Based on the original BBC series and directed by Kevin MacDonald, whose other films include the dystopian How I Live Now and The Last King of Scotland.
With thanks to Campden Film Society
Free to full-time students – Doors open 6.30pm – TOKE’S Bar
“If gossip was art to Truman, it was copy to Clay – the stuff of the Big Story” Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott reimagines the literary crime of the century: the tragic story of Truman Capote and the beautiful, wealthy, vulnerable women he called his Swans, centres on the 1975 publication in Esquire of excerpts from his last, doomed, unfinished novel, Answered Prayers, revealing the multiple infidelities and crushing cynicism of those who dined and holidayed with the Vanderbilts and Kennedys.
‘A dazzlingly assured first novel… the moreish astringency of a negroni’ Sunday Times
‘Outstanding’ William Boyd.
Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott, raised in Houston, Texas, holds a BFA Drama (Directing) from Carnegie Mellon University and studied screenwriting at the University of Southern California. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honoured her as a Finalist for the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting and she was the recipient of the 2006 Abroad Writers’ Conference Fellowship in Provence.
With thanks to TOKE’S Food and Drink Tel: 01386 849345 www.tokesfoodanddrink.co.uk
Free to full-time students – Doors open 8pm – TOKE’S Bar
Scoop is often cited as the best comic novel about journalism, and its author Evelyn Waugh, one-time correspondent on the Daily Mail, might just as appropriately have called it Fake News. It remains as relevant and funny today as when first published in 1938. Sam Walters and Auriol Smith read from this classic novel, and Martin Stannard and Duncan McLaren (with historic photographs and press cuttings) present their own take on it, and discuss the two very different directions Waugh studies are going in the twenty-first century.
Duncan McLaren is the self-styled Doctor Who of the Waugh universe: his ongoing engagement with Evelyn takes him all over the place including Crete to revisit the culmination of Officers and Gentlemen. As well as being author of Evelyn! Duncan has written Looking For Enid: the Mysterious and Inventive Life of Enid Blyton.
Martin Stannard, FRS of Literature and the English Association, and Professor of Modern English Literature at the University of Leicester, has published extensively on Evelyn Waugh –The Critical Heritage and a two-volume biography – and is Co-Executive Editor of OUP’s The Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh, editing Vile Bodies for this. Other works include the 2009 biography of Muriel Spark and the Norton edition of Ford Madox Ford’s The Good Soldier.
Auriol Smith, actor, theatre director, and founder member and former associate director of the Orange Tree Theatre, has also directed in the West End, regional theatres and at the Central School of Speech and Drama.
Sam Walters MBE, educated at Merton College Oxford, trained as an actor at LAMDA. He retired in 2014 as Artistic Director of the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, London which he founded in 1971 and ran for 42 years! He also directed in the West End, in many regional theatres, and at drama schools.
This evening’s events are sponsored by The Noel Arms Hotel Tel: 01386 840317 www.bespokehotels.com/noelarmshotel