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  • Date and time: Sunday 11 June 2023, 11am to 12pm
  • Location: In-person only
    King's Manor, Exhibition Square (Map)
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

Churches are all around us. Their steeples remain landmarks in our towns, villages and cities, even as their influence and authority has waned. They contain art and architectural wonders - one huge gallery scattered, like a handful of jewels, across these isles.

Award-winning writer Peter Ross sets out to tell their stories, and through them a story of Britain, one that is about people as much as place, flesh and bone not just flint and stone. 

Join Peter in conversation as he talks about his visits to the unassuming Norfolk church which contains a disturbing secret, and London’s mighty cathedrals with their histories of fire and love. Meet cats and bats, monks and druids, angels of oak and steel.

Come along to celebrate churches for their beauty and meaning, and for the tales they tell.

Please note that there is limited wheelchair access. Email for questions regarding accessibility.

Book sales

You can buy copies of many of our speakers’ books from Fox Lane Books, a local independent bookseller and Festival partner. In some cases, author signed bookplates are available too.

About the speaker

Peter Ross is a freelance journalist based in Glasgow. He has written for titles including the Guardian, Sunday Times, The Times, National Geographic Traveler, Scotland On Sunday and the Boston Review. He is a nine-times winner at the Scottish Press Awards and an Orwell Fellow. He has published multiple books, including A Tomb With A View: The Stories and Glories of Graveyards, which won the non-fiction prize at Scotland’s National Book Awards in 2021 and was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week in February 2023.

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