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Some public events this year
Hello all. I’ve returned from a fortnight wandering through the mountains and monasteries of Romania (I might have something to say about that here soon) and I’m working now on the next essay in my series, which will arrive with paid subscribers in a few days. In the meantime, I want to spread the word about some public events I’ll be doing over the next few months.
* THE ONE I’M MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO is a joint gig in Northern Ireland in November with my old friend Martin Shaw. Like me, Martin recently found himself blinking in shock as he was dragged unexpectedly towards Christianity in midlife, after a career as a storyteller, mythologist and wilderness rites-of-passage guide. Wondering what we can do about our mutual weird journey, we’ve put our heads together to organise a day-long event of stories, talks, workshops and other bits and pieces, aimed at reviving the wild, ancient Christian legacy of the West.
It’s quite a legacy, too. Once upon a time these islands were sprinkled with cave-dwelling monks, forest Christians, old stone monasteries, wandering fools-for-Christ and stories of faith wound deep in the woods and the wild. It’s a deep liturgical, mythological and wild legacy that most of us have forgotten, and we’re going to spend a day and a night talking about it. It’s going to be fun.
You can watch Martin talking about his story and journey here. Our November event, up at Benburb Priory, will consist of two connected events: a day-long session of talks, workshops and conversation, and an evening storytelling event, which will also be open to the wider public. If you’ve not seen Martin tell a story, I can promise you it will be an evening you won’t forget.
Read more about all this, and book tickets for both events, here. Places are limited, so book soon.
* TWO MONTHS EARLIER, in September, I’ll be involved in another event at Benburb Priory. This time, I’ve been invited to take part in a conference called The Meaning Crisis, Modernity and the Christian Way, which these days is very much up my street. I’ll be talking with Paul Vander Klay, Calvin Robinson and Inaya Folarin Iman about the signs of the times and how to approach them. You can read more and book tickets here.
* SIGNS OF THE TIMES will also be in evidence at the Percy French Festival a few weeks from now, on 21st July. This Irish cultural and musical event, in memory of the dramatist and thinker Percy French, is themed this year around the question Does the soul have a future? I’ll be talking about my favourite horrible subject, transhumanism, with a little help from my latest novel Alexandria. Find out more on the festival’s website.
* FINALLY, OVER IN THE OLD COUNTRY, I’ll be appearing at the Llangwm Literary Festival in Pembrokeshire, Wales, in mid-August, to talk about my trilogy of novels, The Wake, Beast and Alexandria, and the themes, tales and influences that tie them together. There are plenty of other fun things happening at the festival too, which is being held in a very beautiful place. Full details on their website.
That’s all for now. I’ll be back with a longer set of words very soon.