Simon Potter explores the fortunate timing of Charles Dickens' arrival on the literary scene. More than 200 years after his birth on 7 Feb 1812, why are we still so charmed by Dickens’ stories?
The LSE Literary Festival 2012 adopted the theme of ‘Relating Cultures’. There are few places where the meaning and challenges of this phrase can be seen more clearly than in South Africa. But can the South African experience be conveyed honestly and accurately through the written word? Grant Tungay SJ heard two prominent fiction writers talk powerfully about the difficulties, impact and importance of telling their stories.
An exchange of ideas about science and the media at the 2012 LSE Literary Festival was characterised by a lively and friendly dialogue between professionals in both fields, even if the odd frustration was apparent. Frances Murphy thinks about how a conversation about religion and the media might follow a similar path. How did the discussion at the LSE manifest the dangers of misrepresentation of both science and religion in the media?
An afternoon in conversation with retired Episcopalian Bishop Richard Holloway left his audience at the 2012 LSE Literary Festival feeling encouraged by and grateful for his honesty. Gerard Hughes SJ describes an engaging discussion that touched on some of the more controversial aspects of belief and Church affairs, and suggests a way in which such topics might be further explored by people of faith this summer.
RMS Titanic, which sank on 14 April 1912, never made it to Liverpool, where she was designed and registered, but Lord David Alton reveals the ship's links with Catholic life in the city.
Philip Endean SJ looks at the dynamic of wrath in the 1996 film, Shine. What can we achieve by becoming aware of the presence of sin in our lives?
Morgan Spurlock’s 2004 film Super Size Me does showcase the sin of gluttony, argues James Hanvey SJ, but not necessarily on the part of the consumer.
Geoffrey Chaucer died on 25 October 1400. When it comes to questions about greed, who are we to believe: Chaucer’s Pardoner, Danny Boyle or Gordon Gekko?
Br Guy Consolmagno SJ of the Vatican Observatory explains that the life of Pietro Cardinal Maffi, a former Archbishop of Pisa, was an example of the deep union of science and religion.
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