The School of Divinity at New College are holding their annual festival from 3-5 November, this year on the theme of Books & Belief
The three days of New College Festival – Books & Belief will be inaugurated by the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, Peter Mathieson, followed by a conversation with the former Bishop of Durham, Burkitt Medal awarded for Biblical Studies and Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Professor N.T. Wright.
On Friday November 4th, co-authors of ‘Women Remembered: Jesus’ Female Disciples’, Helen Bond and Joan Taylor will explore women in the New Testament. Dina Nayeri (‘The Ungrateful Refugee’) and Chritra Ramaswamy (‘Homelands’) will discuss what it means to be a refugee. Distinguished poets Kevin MacNeil, Alycia Pirohamed and Alan Spence, currently working in Scotland, will discuss religious influences on their work.
On Saturday November 5th, former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams will open the festival’s final day with a talk about his life work journey. There will be a conversation on the impact of Islamic spirituality and humanism on the works of the acclaimed novelists Leila Aboulela (‘Bird Summons’) and S.J. Parris (‘While you Sleep and Storm’). Also, a panel of award-winning playwriters will reflect on the role of religion in Scottish drama today. Amongst other events!