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Rupert Shortt, Does Religion Do More Harm Than Good?

Rupert Shortt, Does Religion Do More Harm Than Good?

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Friday 26 Apr 20197:45pm Book Now (Early bird £1 off till 19/04)

Oundle Festival of Literature presents


Rupert Shortt


Does Religion Do More Harm Than Good?


Friday, 26th April, 7:45pm


St Peter's Church, Oundle

North St, PE8 4AL



History is littered with wars and atrocities apparently inspired by religion, and today there seems no end to reports of cruelty and violence carried out in the name of God. But is it belief in God that motivates these evils? Or do they spring from other motives?


At the same time, history testifies to numerous benefits to humanity brought about by religious individuals and movements. But despite these positive outcomes might it be true, as some atheists suggest, that religion in general does more harm than good? Is religion itself inherently toxic?


Or could it simply be that there is good religion and there is bad religion, and we just need to learn to tell the difference?


Are the major spiritual traditions greater sources of discord than harmony? Or are conflicts widely blamed on faith differences fundamentally social and political?


In this rich but highly succinct book, Rupert Shortt offers even-handed guidance on one of the most disputed questions of our time.


Rupert Shortt is religion editor of The Times Literary Supplement.


Come along and see if you agree with Rupert Shortt’s views.


Duncan Barrett: Hitler's British Isles

Duncan Barrett: Hitler's British Isles

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Thursday 9 May 20197:45pm Book Now (Early bird £1 off till 2nd May)

Oundle Festival of Literature presents


Duncan Barrett: Hitler's British Isles


Thursday, 9th May at 7:45pm


St Peter's Church, Oundle


North Street, PE8 4AL


Tickets: £8/£6 (early bird £1 off till 2nd May)


In the summer of 1940, Britain stood perilously close to invasion. One by one, the Allied nations of Europe had fallen to the unstoppable German Blitzkrieg, and Hitler had his sights set on Britain. The attack was being exhaustively planned by the Nazis under the codename ‘Operation Sealion’. Yet the promised invasion never happened due to our success in the Battle of Britain, and the prospect of German jackboots on British soil retreated into the realm of collective nightmares – and mainland Britain never had to face the reality of life under the Nazis.


For the residents of the Channel Islands, occupation wasn’t just the terrifying outcome if the war against the Germans was lost, it was the day-to-day reality of their lives. The story of how these men and women, and their children, coped under such difficult and dangerous circumstances is an important, but neglected, part of our own history of the Second World War. This book tells the story of life under Nazi occupation.


Duncan Barrett studied English at Cambridge University and now works as a writer and editor, specialising in biography and memoir. He is also the author of The Sugar Girls, GI Brides, and, The Girls Who Went to War, all of which were top 10 Sunday Times bestsellers.


Victoria Hislop: Those Who Are Loved

Victoria Hislop: Those Who Are Loved

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Monday 17 Jun 20197:45pm Book Now (£1 off early bird till 10th June)

Oundle Festival of Literature presents


Victoria Hislop


Those Who Are Loved


Monday, 17th June


St Peter's Church

North Street, PE8 4AL


Tickets: £8/£6

£1 off early bird till 10th June


Those Who Are Loved is set against the backdrop of the German occupation of Greece, the subsequent civil war and a military dictatorship, all of which left deep scars.


Themis is part of a family bitterly divided by politics and, as a young woman, her fury with those who have collaborated with the Nazis, drives her to fight for the communists.


Themis is eventually imprisoned on the notorious islands of exile, Makronisos and Trikeri, and has to make a life or death decision. She is proud of having fought, but for the rest of her life is haunted by some of her actions. Forty years after the end of the civil war, she finally achieves catharsis.


Victoria Hislop sheds light on the complexity of Greece’s traumatic past and weaves it into the dynamic tale of a woman who is both hero and villain, and her lifelong fight for justice.

Her first novel, The Island, held the number one slot in the Sunday Times paperback charts for eight consecutive weeks and has sold over two million copies worldwide. It won the Richard & Judy Summer Read competition.


Other books include The Return, The Thread, The Last Dance and other Stories, The Sunrise and Cartes Postales from Greece. Victoria Hislop's last book, Cartes Postales from Greece, is fiction illustrated with photographs. It was a Sunday Times bestseller and one of the biggest-selling books of 2016.


Raynor Winn, The Salt Path

Raynor Winn, The Salt Path

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Saturday 22 Jun 20197:45pm Book Now (Early bird £1 off till 15th June)

Oundle Festival of Literature presents


Raynor Winn


The Salt Path


Saturday, 22nd June, at 7:45pm


St Peter's Church, Oundle

North Street, PE8 4AL


Tickets: £8/£6 (Early bird, £1 off till 15th June)


The remarkable and life-affirming true story of one couple’s 630-mile journey around the South West Coast Path. The Salt Path is a beautiful, powerfully honest and deeply moving memoir about overcoming adversity, the redemptive qualities of walking and nature, about survival, the meaning of ‘home’ and above all, about love.

In one devastating week, Raynor and her husband Moth lost their home of 20 years, just as a terminal diagnosis threatened to take away their future together. With nowhere else to go, they decided to walk the South West Coast Path: a 630-mile sea-swept trail from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall.


This ancient, wind-battered landscape strips them of every comfort they had previously known. With very little money for food or shelter, Raynor and Moth carry only the essentials for survival on their backs.

This book gives insight to one woman’s journey that spans not only the entire South West Coast Path, but also an emotional journey of redemption. In The Salt Path, Raynor Winn allows us to discover the healing powers found in nature and the simple act of walking forward.


Shortlisted for the Wainwright Golden Beer Book 2018

Now a Top Ten Sunday Times Bestseller.


Terry Waite: Travels with a Primate

Terry Waite: Travels with a Primate

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Friday 27 Sep 20197:45pm Book Now (Early Bird £1 off till 20th Sept)

Oundle Festival of Literature presents


Terry Waite


Travels with a Primate


Friday, 27th September, at 7:45pm


St Peter's Church, Oundle

North Street,  PE8 4AL


Tickets:


General £9/ Concessions £7


Early bird discount £1 till 20th September.


We join the Archbishop, Terry and a host of other colourful characters as they travel around the world. Along the way, the Archbishop meets the Pope in Ghana, has a photo call with koalas, and meets the crowd via an ‘archmobile’ in Canada. He and his staff experience extreme weather conditions as well as some rather unusual local customs, entertainment and souvenir gifts, and an array of unfamiliar food and drink.


Whether navigating huge crowds or temperamental sound systems or dealing with the fact that their party has arrived at the wrong place or on the wrong day, the Archbishop remains affable and good natured, even when, despite Terry’s and the team’s best efforts, events descend into – in Runcie’s own words – ‘a bit of a shambles’. Terry’s engaging narrative also sheds light on the history of Lambeth Palace and the way in which the role of Archbishop of Canterbury has evolved over the years.


Terry Waite CBE was Advisor to the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1980 to 1992.


He is the author of Taken on Trust, Solitude, and, We join the Archbishop, Terry and a host of other colourful characters as they travel around the world. Along the way, the Archbishop meets the Pope in Ghana, has a photo call with koalas, and meets the crowd via an ‘archmobile’ in Canada. He and his staff experience extreme weather conditions as well as some rather unusual local customs, entertainment and souvenir gifts, and an array of unfamiliar food and drink.


Whether navigating huge crowds or temperamental sound systems or dealing with the fact that their party has arrived at the wrong place or on the wrong day, the Archbishop remains affable and good natured, even when, despite Terry’s and the team’s best efforts, events descend into – in Runcie’s own words – ‘a bit of a shambles’. Terry’s engaging narrative also sheds light on the history of Lambeth Palace and the way in which the role of Archbishop of Canterbury has evolved over the years.


Terry Waite CBE was Advisor to the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1980 to 1992.


He is the author of Taken on Trust, Solitude, and Out of the Silence, a cofounder of Hostage UK and Y Care International, and President of Emmaus UK.


Terry Waite will be in conversation with Viv Gascoine, Head of Laxton House, teacher of Religious Studies and lay chaplain at Oundle School.


a cofounder of Hostage UK and Y Care International, and President of Emmaus UK.


Terry Waite will be in conversation with Viv Gascoine, Head of Laxton House, teacher of Religious Studies and lay chaplain at Oundle School.


An Evening with Alice Roberts: Digging into Britain's Past

An Evening with Alice Roberts: Digging into Britain's Past

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Monday 7 Oct 20197:30pm Book Now

Oundle Festival of Literature presents


An Evening with Alice Roberts:


Digging into Britain's Past


Monday, 7th October


7:30pm - 9:30pm


The Great Hall, Oundle

New Street, PE8 4GH


Tickets: General £20/ Concessions £18



We are delighted to announce that anthropologist, author and broadcaster Professor Alice Roberts is coming to Oundle as part of her national tour.


Alice has been delving into Britain’s past, and making archaeology programmes, for nearly twenty years. She joined Time Team as a bone expert before going on to present anthropology and archaeology stories on BBC Two’s immensely popular Coast series and co-presenting The Celts in 2015. Alice has presented seven series of Digging for Britain, sharing new archaeological discoveries from across the UK on BBC Four, and she has explored the history of our towns and cities in Britain’s Most Historic Towns on Channel 4 - which will be back with a second series in 2019.


She has written eight popular science and archaeology books, including Tamed: Ten species that changed our World and The Celts: Search for a Civilisation.


In this exclusive tour, Alice will share insights, anecdotes and behind-the-scenes stories from her personal journey to explore Britain’s past, with footage from her programmes and excerpts from her books. Each show will finish with 20 minutes Q&A.


This is a two-hour event including a twenty-minute interval. Suitable for all ages.