This memoir by Matt Rowland Hill is extraordinary. Powerful, shocking, tragic... and deeply engaging. Brilliantly written. I loved my conversation with the author.
What are the do's and don'ts of sustainable church flowers? I investigated
The Lambeth Conference brings together Anglicans from all around the world. The Archbishop of Canterbury has the unenviable task of managing its very diverse members. Before the 2022 Lambeth Conference I spoke to the then Secretary-General
The Reverend Richard Coles has a new career as a novelist. He told me more
In April 2022 I spoke to Washington Post writer Christine Emba about attitudes to sex and relationships for 21st century milliennials.
I'm a great fan of Anne Lamott. I think her book Bird by Bird: Instructions on Life and Writing is one of the best books on writing I've ever read. I was really pleased to interview her about her latest title. You can read the piece here.
I really enjoyed my conversation with Carys Bray, whose novels are always interesting. She writes acutely and well about family life - and in her first was particularly interesting on what it's like to be part of a highly religious family with very specific rules and regulations. This one is about the very real effects of climate change, and how that plays out on a domestic as well as a global scale.
Right at the beginning of lockdown I spent a fascinating 45 minutes in the (online) company of Australian author Christos Tsiolkas who is probably best known this side of the world for his book The Slap. He was delightful, sensitive and interesting... and told me all about his lifelong battle with St Paul.
It was fascinating talking to Lemn Sissay. He is someone who had the toughest start in life and yet who has triumped. I spoke to him about his powerful autobiography. Highly to be recommended.
Here are some of the articles I've written in recent years.
Below is a small selection of some of the features I've written over the years