FRIDAY 12 MAY
 
A LITTLE HISTORY OF RELIGION
10am
St James’ Church
£7 Free to full-time students

Post-talk refreshments in aid of Church funds

A welcome antidote to hardening religious attitudes and explosive religious violence.
Richard Holloway retells the entire history of religion, and guides the reader to the enduring significance and power of faith.
‘carefully weighted, beautifully written and strangely compelling’ Peter Stanford The Guardian
‘witty and generous investigations into every religion you can think of, from Buddhism to Scientology, treating them all with equal seriousness and scepticism. It is compelling and sweet and should be compulsory reading for the entire population in our warring age. Best of all, it’s short, thank God (or whoever).’ Viv Groskop The Observer
Richard Holloway Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, was educated at Theological Colleges in Edinburgh and in New York City. He was Bishop of Edinburgh from 1986 and from 1992 Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church. He resigned from these positions in 2000. Richard is well-known for his support of progressive causes, including campaigning on human rights for gay and lesbian people in both Church and State. He has reviewed and written for many newspapers including The Times, The Guardian, Sunday Herald and The Scotsman, and is also a frequent presenter on radio and television. His more than twenty books include the best selling Leaving Alexandria: A Memoir of Faith and Doubt.


 
THE FUTURE SHAPES OF ANGLICANISM
11.45am
St James’ Church
£7 Free to full-time students

Pre-talk refreshments in aid of Church funds

Pre-talk refreshments in aid of Church funds Is the Church of England over-managed and theologically under-led? As with many institutions today, a once confident Anglicanism appears to be anxious and vulnerable.
Martyn Percy assesses and evaluates the movements and forces now shaping the Church of England and challenges them culturally, critically, and theologically.
“a Christian culture… is ‘a society in which the natural end of man – virtue and well being in community – is acknowledged for all.’ T.S.Eliot”
Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, and member of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Oxford, also teaches in the Department of Sociology, and for the Saïd Business School. He serves as a Professor of Theological Education at King’s College London and a Professorial Research Fellow at Heythrop College. From 2004-2014 he was the Principal of Ripon College, Cuddesdon, at Oxford.
Recent books include Thirty-Nine New Articles: An Anglican Landscape of Faith and Anglicanism: Confidence, Commitment and Communion. He was recently described in the journal Theology as the British theologian who is closest to being a ‘missionary anthropologist’.
With thanks to St James’ Church, Richard Stephens and Sally Dymott


 
PATCHWORK POETS
3pm
Church Rooms
£4 To include tea or coffee

Ann Allen hosts this inclusive poetry session: first the Patchwork Poets, who meet regularly, will give a presentation of their poems, and then there will be an opportunity for audience members to share their work.
Ann’s first poetry collection is Michelangelo Can Paint an Angel.


 
FILM MATINEE: THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE
3pm
Court Room Old Police Station
£5 (113 minutes)

Based on James McCain’s controversial novel, director Tay Garnett’s 1946 film, featuring a fine performance from Lana Turner, challenged acceptable movie themes of the period by portraying a study in opportunism, greed, manipulation, desperation and a questionable justice system – and asking: can you really get away with murder?

One of The Guardian 25 best crime films.

With thanks to Campden Film Society

 
AN EVENING WITH OSCAR WILDE
7pm
Chipping Campden School Hall
£10 Free to full-time students

Doors open 6.30pm TOKE’S Bar There will an interval

Imprisoned in 1895, Oscar Wilde unwittingly became the world’s most visible example of the homosexual man. In his writings and other public utterances, Wilde had spoken out for Love, and for the risks worth taking on its behalf. In doing so, he inspired many other writers and artists, in Britain and abroad, to take up the same cause.
Gregory Woods, author of Homintern: How Gay Culture Liberated the Modern World, in conversation with Russell Jackson: Wilde’s place in the international cultural movement that developed out of the late-Nineteenth Century’s new definitions of sexual identity.
To illustrate the radicalism of this movement and the changes it sought in both the arts and society, well known actor Tim Watson reads from Wilde and others.
Gregory Woods, Emeritus professor of Gay and Lesbian Studies at Nottingham Trent University, is the author of five poetry collections with Carcanet Press. His other major volumes of gay cultural history are Articulate Flesh and A History of Gay Literature.
Russell Jackson, Emeritus Professor of Drama at the University of Birmingham, has edited An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest, and contributed to essay collections and journals including The Cambridge Companion to Oscar Wilde. His most recent publications include Theatres on Film: how the Cinema Imagines the Stage (2013) and Shakespeare and the English-speaking Cinema (2014), and among his current projects is a study of the plays of Noel Coward.
Timothy Watson trained at The Central School of Speech and Drama. He has worked extensively in Theatre, TV, Film, Radio and as a Voice-Over artist. Recent work includes Mr Selfridge, Arthur and George and Midsomer Murders for television and The Beaux’ Stratagem at The National Theatre.
He’s been gathering particular attention as the voice of the notorious Rob Titchener in The Archers.
With thanks to TOKE’S Food and Drink Tel: 01386 849345
www.tokesfoodanddrink.co.uk
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