Programme

Sessions take place at Winchester Cathedral on Friday and Sunday.

 

On Saturday the festival is based at the University of Winchester, with the cathedral hosting literary tours. Our Saturday evening concert will be at St John the Baptist. 

 

Unless otherwise stated all sessions should last 55 minutes (including questions), to allow plenty of time to get to the next session. Complimentary tea and coffee will be served from 9.30am to 11.30am on Saturday morning.

 

The 2023 Festival Brochure is now available to view.

Friday 24th

Saturday 25th

Sunday 26th

4.30pm
Festival Evensong
Winchester Cathedral

All are welcome to join us for worship in the cathedral

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6.30pm
Alone in the landscape of death
Stephen Cottrell Winchester Cathedral Quire

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Stephen Cottrell will explore the themes from his latest book, Godforsaken. Ticket holders are invited to join us from 5.45pm for a drinks reception. 

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All day
Livestream Ticket
Online sessions from the Stripe Auditorium

Join us live from 10am to watch all five sessions from the Stripe Auditorium.

 

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All day
Labyrinth
University Chapel

Take time out from the busy festival programme to walk the labyrinth in the university chapel

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From midday
Winchester College
Exhibition, tours and worship: Winchester College

Take time out from the festival programme to visit Winchester College. Visit their current exhibition of books and manuscripts 'Authorised Versions: Winchester and the Bible', and/or join their Compline service, sung by the college Quiristers.

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10.00am
Act Justly
Sam Wells Live online session (chaired by Stephen Cottrell from the Stripe Auditorium)

Sam Wells explores the different ways of thinking about justice

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10.00am
Nomad Century: Mapping the landscape of the Anthropocene
Gaia Vince University of Winchester, St Alphege Building

Gaia Vince describes how global migration will allow us to survive global heating in the coming decades

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10.00am
Soulful Nature: Mapping the Landscape From the Outside In
Brian Draper University of Winchester, Stripe Lecture Hall

Seeking connection between the great outdoors and the inner life

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11.30am
Carved in Stone: Stories from our sacred buildings
Emma Wells and Peter Stanford University of Winchester, Stripe Auditorium

How our cathedrals define our past and shape our present

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11.30am
A Terrible Kindness
Jo Browning Wroe University of Winchester, St Alphege Building

Jo Browning Wroe introduces her debut novel, A Terrible Kindness

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11.30am
‘Don’t forget your place’: Conversations about land, living, stories, and stone
Azariah France-Williams and Renie Chow Choy University of Winchester, Stripe Lecture Hall

Authors Azariah France-Williams (Ghost Ship) and Renie Chow Choy (Ancestral Feeling) discuss place and heritage

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12.00pm
A ‘Soulful Saunter’
Brian Draper Winchester Cathedral

This circular two-hour ‘saunter’ with Brian is a mini walking retreat

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12pm-1.30pm
Lunch
King Alfred Centre

You are welcome to bring a packed lunch to eat in the King Alfred Centre dining hall, or lunch can be sought from Winchester city centre.

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1.30pm
Ethics and Solidarity: a basis for Christian politics
Rowan Williams University of Winchester, Stripe Auditorium

Rowan Williams gives the Sir Tony Baldry Lecture.

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1.30pm
‘What if this present were the world's last night?’: John Donne’s lessons for today’s Church
Mark Oakley University of Winchester, Stripe Lecture Hall

Can the passions of John Donne’s soul help the present Church renew its vocation?

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1.30pm
Charlotte Yonge: Why her novels are so readable today
Clemence Schultze University of Winchester, St Alphege Building

The Victorian novelist Charlotte Yonge was a bestselling author in her day. A devout Anglican, her lively novels helped popularise High Church views

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1.30pm
Literary tour of Winchester Cathedral
Winchester Cathedral

Discover some of the cathedral's many literary links. This tour has now SOLD OUT.

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3.00pm
Real Faith in Imaginary Places
Catherine Fox and Francis Spufford University of Winchester, Stripe Auditorium

Authors Francis Spufford (Light Perpetual, Golden Hill) and Catherine Fox (The Lindchester Chronicles) on writing about faith in fiction

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3.00pm
Exploring the Landscape of Faith from Wilderness to Paradise
Guli Francis-Dehqani University of Winchester, Stripe Lecture Hall

Conversations about faith, loss and identity with the Bishop of Chelmsford.

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3.00pm
A Pilgrimage of Paradoxes
Mark Clavier and Sally Welch University of Winchester, St Alphege Building

Nature-writing, memoir, social commentary, and theological reflection with Mark Clavier and Sally Welch.

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3.00pm
Literary tour of Winchester Cathedral
Winchester Cathedral

Discover some of the cathedral's many literary links. This tour is now available to book.

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4.30pm
The Path of Peace
Anthony Seldon University of Winchester, Stripe Auditorium
4.30pm
Mapping a Landscape of (Un)Holy Desires
Rachel Mann and Jay Hulme University of Winchester, Stripe Lecture Hall

In this conversation with poet Jay Hulme, Rachel Mann talks about the place of desire in her work as a poet, novelist and theologian

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4.30pm
Lost in wonder, love and praise!
Colin Heber-Percy University of Winchester, St Alphege Building

Throwing away the map, and setting out anyway

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8.00pm
Papagena: Foot Loose
Papagena St John the Baptist Church, Winchester

A journey through vocal landscapes sacred and profane, tender, witty and urbane

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9.45am
Sung Matins
Winchester Cathedral

All are welcome to join us for worship in the cathedral. 

11.00am
Eucharist
Rachel Mann Winchester Cathedral

The Revd Dr Rachel Mann will be the preacher at this morning service.

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12.30pm
Literary tour of Winchester Cathedral
Winchester Cathedral

Discover some of the cathedral's many literary links. This tour is now SOLD OUT.

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1.00pm
An extra treat
Winchester Cathedral

Take your seats early ahead of Suzannah Lipscomb's session for a musical surprise.

1.30pm
The Spiritual Inheritance of Mary I
Suzannah Lipscomb Winchester Cathedral

How Isabel of Castile and Katherine of Aragon shaped England’s First Crowned Queen Regnant

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3.00pm
Evensong
Winchester Cathedral

All are welcome to join us for worship in the cathedral.

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4.30pm
The Great Passion
James Runcie and James Gilchrist Winchester Cathedral

Hear author James Runcie in discussion with the acclaimed tenor James Gilchrist

 

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Speakers

Azariah France-Williams
Jay Hulme
James Gilchrist
Rachel Mann
Anthony Seldon
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