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Scripture in sundry places

by
15 March 2011

A selection of events marking 400 years of the Authorised Version

Let in the Light: King James Bible anniversary exhibition
An exhibition of manuscript and early printed Bibles from Lichfield Cathedral’s library
Chapter House, Lichfield Cathedral
01543 306150; 01543 306240
www.lichfield-cathedral.org  

The Bible in Voice and Verse (national tour)
Until 6 November
Lance Pierson (actor), Belinda Yates (soprano), Heather Chamberlain (pianist)
020 7731 6544; 07903 094365
www.invoiceandverse.co.uk  

Expressions 2011
Until 31 December
Artists, musicians, schools, and community groups create, exhibit, and perform work based on biblical themes
St Martin’s Arts, St Martin-in-the-Bullring, Birmingham; 0121 600 6532
www.bullring.org  

KJV@4:00
Until 23 December
Daily readings in the Good Book Shop, 61-67 Donegall Street, Belfast
www.facebook.com/KJV400  

Great and Manifold Blessings: The making of the KJB
Until 18 June
An exhibition showing the development of the Bible in English, based on the collection at Cambridge University Library, West Road, Cambridge www.lib.cam.ac.uk/exhibitions

History and the Bible
A series of lectures in March, covering topics that include Wycliffe, Tyndale, and Coverdale, and the Bible in translation and mission
University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Ply­mouth, at 7 p.m.

March

A Series of Public Lectures
on Tuesdays at 6.30 p.m., between late March and May, at King’s College Conference Centre, University of Aberdeen
www.abdn.ac.uk/king-james-bible/
29 March 2011: “The King James Bible in Scotland”, Professor David Fergusson, University of Edinburgh
12 April: “The Social Universe of the King James Bible”, Dr Naomi Tadmor, University of Sussex
4 May: “The King James Bible as a ‘Savage Text’”, Professor Adrian Thatcher, University of Exeter
12 May: “The King James Bible as Litera­ture”, Professor Gordon Campbell, University of Leicester

A Series of Public Lectures
on Tuesdays at 6.30 p.m., between late March and May, at King’s College Conference Centre, University of Aberdeen
www.abdn.ac.uk/king-james-bible/
29 March 2011: “The King James Bible in Scotland”, Professor David Fergusson, University of Edinburgh
12 April: “The Social Universe of the King James Bible”, Dr Naomi Tadmor, University of Sussex
4 May: “The King James Bible as a ‘Savage Text’”, Professor Adrian Thatcher, University of Exeter
12 May: “The King James Bible as Litera­ture”, Professor Gordon Campbell, University of Leicester

Let in the Light: King James Bible anniversary lectures
Lichfield Cathedral; 01542 306150
www.lichfield-cathedral.org
24 March: “William Tyndale and the Genius of the ‘King James’ version”, Brian Moynahan
31 March: “The Making of the King James Bible, 1604-1611”, Prof. Gordon Camp­bell
7 April: “Bible Translation and the Legacy of the King James Version”, Dr Paula Gooder

The Bible Journey
27 March-15 April
A copy of the KJB travels round County Durham, resting in a different church each week, for readings
www.durham.anglican.org

The Place of the King James Bible in the Culture of the English-speaking World
29 March
Gordon Campbell, Professor of Renaissance Studies, University of Leicester
Exeter Cathedral Chapter House
www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk  

April

2011: The Year of the Bible
2 April
Dr Rob Cotton, co-ordinator of Biblefresh, and the Revd Dr Pete Wilcox, Canon Chan­cellor of Lichfield Cathedral
Bertha Wright Room, Carrs Lane Church Centre, Carrs Lane, Birmingham
www.librarianscf.org.uk/events/conferences/forthcoming.html

Translating the Word in the Reformation
13-15 April
Professor John Flood, Professor Brian Cummings, and Professor Ellie Bagley
Westminster College, Cambridge
www.reformationstudies.org  

Science and the King James Bible: Influence, confluence, or conflict?
16 April
St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh
www.cathedral.net  

The Excellence of the Authorised Version
16 April
Graham Chewter of the Trinitarian Bible Society
North and South Rauceby Village Hall, Rauceby, Lincolnshire
www.reformed-baptist.co.uk  

Public Readings at the Globe Theatre, South Bank, London
17-25 April
Five teams of four actors will read the whole of the KJV in eight days, over 69 hours.
17 April, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Genesis, Exodus; 4.30-11.59 p.m., Leviticus to Deuteronomy
18 April, 6-11.59 p. m., Joshua to 1 Samuel
19 April, 6-11.59 p. m., 2 Samuel to 2 Kings
20 April, 6-11:59 p. m., 1 Chronicles to Nehemiah
21 April, 6-11.59 p. m., Esther to Psalms
22 April, 9 a. m.-4. p. m., Proverbs to Lamen­tations; 4.30 p. m.-11.59 p. m., Ezekiel to Malachi
24 April, 9 a. m.-12.30 p. m., Matthew, Mark; 1-5 p. m., Luke, John
25 April, 10 a. m.-2.30 p. m., Acts to 2 Corinthians; 3-7.30 p. m., Galatians to Revela-tion
020 7401 9919; www.shakespeares-globe.org  

Manifold Greatness: Oxford and the making of the KJV
22 April-4 September
An exhibition exploring the political, reli­gious, and intellectual contexts in which the KJV was made.
Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford

Why Trust the Bible?
April, 7.30 p. m.
A lecture at St Andrew’s, Church Road, Leyland, Lancashire

Four Hundred Years of the King James Version
27 April, 9.30 a. m.-7 p.m.
Lectures from Professor Pauline Croft, Professor William Horbury, Professor Brian Cummings, Dr Scott Mandelbrote, Professor Mark Noll, and the Archbishop of Canterbury The University Church of St Mary the Great, St Mary’s Passage, Cambridge
www.divinity.cam.ac.uk/KJB400  

Reading The Book of Books, Then and Now: 1611 to 2011
29 April-3 October
A multimedia, interactive exhibition suitable for families and children
Winchester Cathedral, The Close, Winchester

Bible Exhibition
30 April-30 June, all day
A display of books and manuscripts in the Uni­versity Library, Lancaster University, Lancaster

May

Celebrating the 400th Year of the King James Bible
1-30 May
A mosaic exhibition at Lichfield Cathedral, The Close, Lichfield, Staffordshire
www.lichfield-cathedral.org  

Introducing the Bible
4 May, 8 p.m.
A taster for those interested in getting to grips with the Bible
Oxford Christadelphian Hall, Tyndale Road, Oxford

Celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the KJV
5 May, 6 p.m.
A choral evensong with address from the Lord Chief Justice, at St Michael’s Cornhill,
St Michael’s Alley, Cornhill, City of London

Celebration of the KJV
8 May, 3 p. m.
A service of celebration at All Saints’, Pryors Bank, Bishops Park, London SW6
400 Years of the King James Bible
9 May-9 July
A small exhibition focused on the story, significance, and legacy of the KJV, drawing from Durham Uni­ver-sity Library’s collection of early Bibles and religious texts
Durham University Library, Palace Green, Durham
www.dur.ac.uk/library/asc  

Lecture by Lord (Melvyn) Bragg
11 May, 6.30 p. m. at Hampton Court
Details to be announced
The Great Hall, Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey
www.hrp.org.uk .

The Bible in Culture
A series of public lectures pre­sented by five “leading scholars”
Prior’s Hall, The Close, Winchester
12 May, 7.30 p. m., “The Bible in Art”
19 May, 7.30 p. m., “The Bible and Language”
26 May, 7.30 p. m., “The Bible and Music”
14 June, 7.30 p. m., “The Win­chester Bible, the greatest Bible ever made in England”
21 June, 7.30 p. m., “The Bible and Literature”
01962 857275
boxoffice@winchestercathedral.org.uk

Tales from King James
13 May-11 June
A show by the Creation Theatre Company suitable for ages “six and up”, with special schools’ prices, and offers for groups of ten or more
New Road Baptist Church,
Bonn Square, Oxford;
01865 766266
www.creationtheatre.co.uk  

King James Bible Reading
9-21 May
A public reading of the complete New Testament over three days.
St Eustachius’s, Bedford Square, Tavistock, Devon
www.tavistockparishchurch.org.uk  

Sponsored Non-stop Reading of the King James Bible
20-22 May
A three-day sponsored read to raise funds to restore the 13th- century building of St Katharine’s, Church Hill, Merstham, Surrey
www.stkathsfundraising.com/index.php  

Celebration of the King James Bible
22 May, 5.30 p. m.
St Bega’s, Bassenthwaite, Keswick, Cumbria
Readings from the church’s King James Bible usually kept at Cumbria County Record Office, and from the Geneva Bible, 1575

Shoebox Bible
23 May-10 June, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Recreating the Bible in sections, prepared as three-dimensional interpretations in standard shoe-boxes
Peterborough Cathedral, Minster Precincts, Peterborough

Bible Question Time — Year of the Bible
The Archdeacon of Blackburn chairs a “Bible Question Time”
24 May, 7.30 p.m, St George’s, Chorley, Lancashire
30 June, 7.30 p.m., St Paul’s, Scotforth, Lancashire
18 October, 7.30 p.m., St James’s, Clitheroe, Lancashire

The 26th Eric Symes Abbott Memorial Lecture
Given by the Bishop of London
26 May, 6.15 p.m., Westminster Abbey, 20 Dean’s Yard, London
27 May, 6.15 p.m., Keble College, Oxford

King James in the Curriculum: Biblical literacy in 2011
26-29 May
A conference exploring how students can be made aware of the nature and impact of the King James Version
Department of Biblical Studies,
45 Victoria Street, Sheffield

The 26th Eric Symes Abbott Memorial Lecture
Given by the Bishop of London
26 May, 6.15 p.m., Westminster Abbey, 20 Dean’s Yard, London
27 May, 6.15 p.m., Keble College, Oxford

King James in the Curriculum: Biblical literacy in 2011
26-29 May
A conference exploring how students can be made aware of the nature and impact of the King James Version
Department of Biblical Studies,
45 Victoria Street, Sheffield

The Telegraph Hay Festival
26 May-5 June
Seven events at the literary festival (readings from the KJV, and dis­cussions about the text) feature Dr Rowan Williams, the Bishops of Oxford, Coventry, and Worcester, Jane Williams, Joan Bakewell, Simon Russell Beale, and Adam Nicolson, among others
Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire
www.hayfestival.com  

Reading of the Entire New Testament
27 and 28 May, 8 a. m.-6 p. m.
The New Testament read over two days by the congregation, other volunteers, clergy, and celebrities
All Saints’, Fring, King’s Lynn, Norfolk

June

Into Thy Hands
1 June-2 July
A new play by Jonathan Holmes, set in 1611 and centred on John Donne, exploring a collision of the worlds of art, science, and religion
Wilton’s Music Hall, Graces Alley, London
www.jerichohouse.org.uk  

Study Day on the History and Use of the Bible
Saturday, 4 June 2011
A lecture on the formation of the English Bible, and seminars on the effect of the AV on society, especially women.
Lancaster University, Lancaster

George Abbot: A Guildford man
6 June-17 September, 11 a.m.- 4.45 p.m.
An exhibition about Guildford-born George Abbot (1562-1633), who became Archbishop of Canterbury in 1610 and was one of the trans­lators of the KJV. Guildford Mu­seum, Castle Arch, Quarry Street, Guildford
www.guildfordmuseum.co.uk  

George Abbot: A Guildford man
6 June-17 September, 11 a.m.- 4.45 p.m.
An exhibition about Guildford-born George Abbot (1562-1633), who became Archbishop of Canterbury in 1610 and was one of the trans­lators of the KJV. Guildford Mu­seum, Castle Arch, Quarry Street, Guildford
www.guildfordmuseum.co.uk  

Lecture on the King James Bible
8 June
To be given by Lord (Melvyn) Bragg
University Church of St Mary the Virgin, High Street, Oxford
Further details to be announced

Re:Creation: A new biblical oratorio
11 June, 7.30 p. m.
An oratorio telling the Bible story, by Derek Wensley, a URC minister; score by David Perkins
Methodist Central Hall, Westminster, London
www.recreationtheoratorio.com  

A Thousand Voices Rejoice
11 June 2011
An open-air concert for a thousand voices, with readings from the KJV
Preston Temple, Hartwood Green, Chorley, Lancashire
The Bible in Our Culture: Celeb-rating the 400th Anniversary of the KJB
14 June, 9.45 a. m.-4 p.m.
Speakers include Dom Henry Wansbrough, Professor Stephen Prickett, and Canon Ann Holt
University of Hertfordshire, The Lindop Building, College Lane, Hatfield; 01727 818151
www.christianstudies.org.uk  

KJV400: Celebrating the Bible: Sharing the word
15-18 June, from 2.30 p.m. on 15th
A non-stop read-through from Genesis to Revelation, taking about 77 hours
St Oswald’s, Church Street, Oswestry, Shropshire

The Beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
16 June, 7 p.m.
A continuous reading of the Gospel according to St Mark from the King James Bible
Glasgow University Memorial Chapel, University Avenue, Glasgow
www.glasgow.ac.uk/anglicans  

The Southwell Lecture
17 June
Given by Frank Field MP, Chairman of the 2011 KJB Trust
Southwell Minster, Southwell, Nottinghamshire

Walking Through the Bible
18 June, 9.30 a.m.-4 p.m.
An event to enthuse and educate in the history and the teaching of the Bible
St John’s, Church Street, Blackpool

Lecture to be given by Adam Nicolson (see Church Times, “The lost art of translation”,18 February)
27 June
St George’s Chapel, Windsor, Berk­shire

July

Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting
4-8 July
A congress in celebration of the KJV for scholars from more than 40 countries, at King’s College, London
www.sbl-site.org/meetings/Internationalmeeting.aspx 

The Bible in the Seventeenth Century
7-9 July
A conference looking at the re­ception of the Bible in the early modern era, with scholars from a variety of disciplines
Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, University of York, York
www.york.ac.uk/projects/bible
bible@events.york.ac.uk


Bible Exhibition
9-16 July, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily
An exhibition portraying some of the key events of the Bible.
Hildenborough Gospel Hall, Mount Pleasant, Hildenbrough, Kent
www.hildenboroughgospelhall.co.uk  

The Bible in the Seventeenth Century
7-9 July
A conference looking at the re­ception of the Bible in the early modern era, with scholars from a variety of disciplines
Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, University of York, York
www.york.ac.uk/projects/bible
bible@events.york.ac.uk


Bible Exhibition
9-16 July, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily
An exhibition portraying some of the key events of the Bible.
Hildenborough Gospel Hall, Mount Pleasant, Hildenbrough, Kent
www.hildenboroughgospelhall.co.uk  

Summer School: The word and its witnesses
10-16 July
Celebrating the Bible and great works of Christian literature
Wycliffe Hall, 54 Banbury Road, Oxford
www.friendsofwycliffehall.org/opportunities-to-connect/

Bristol Bible Exhibition 2011
11-16 July
A collection of Bibles old and new, charting the history of the world’s most famous book, with multimedia presentations. Talks and children’s shows, too
The Council House, College Green, Bristol

Barrington Bible-Reading Marathon
14 July, 12 noon, to 17 July, 12 noon
Being held to fund repairs to All Saints’, Haslingfield Road, Barring­ton, Cambridgeshire
www.beneficeorwell.co.uk/newsevent.php?newseventid=1114

Precious Light
30 July-16 October
An exhibition by David Mach, includ-ing many of his collages and sculp­tures
City Art Centre, 2 Market Street, Edinburgh

August

The History of the English Bible
13 August, 4.30 p.m.
A presentation by Dr Stephen Scott-Pearson (General Secretary of the Protestant Alliance)
North and South Rauceby Village Hall, Main Street, Rauceby, Lincoln­shire
www.reformed-baptist.co.uk

Winchester College and the KJV; 2011 Exhibition
Mid-August to mid-September (dates to be confirmed)
An exhibition reflecting the involve­ment of Winchester people in the KJV project
Winchester College
www.winchestercollege.co.uk  

The History of the English Bible
13 August, 4.30 p.m.
A presentation by Dr Stephen Scott-Pearson (General Secretary of the Protestant Alliance)
North and South Rauceby Village Hall, Main Street, Rauceby, Lincoln­shire
www.reformed-baptist.co.uk

Winchester College and the KJV; 2011 Exhibition
Mid-August to mid-September (dates to be confirmed)
An exhibition reflecting the involve­ment of Winchester people in the KJV project
Winchester College
www.winchestercollege.co.uk  

Peterborough Bible Exhibition and Campaign
27 August-3 September
A week-long exhibition including a display of old and new Bibles, and children’s puppet shows
Serpentine Green Shopping Centre, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
www.gospeltruth.eu  

September

Divine Write: Scotland and the King James Bible
September-December
An exhibition based on the William Euing Collection (the largest private collection of early Bibles in Britain)
201 North Street, Glasgow

The Word Read, the Word Preached
16 September
An international conference, with participants from Europe and the US, exploring the English and Continental Reformations
Sarum College, 19 The Close, Salis­bury
www.anglican-lutheran-society.org/index.htm

Divine Write: Scotland and the King James Bible
September-December
An exhibition based on the William Euing Collection (the largest private collection of early Bibles in Britain)
201 North Street, Glasgow

The Word Read, the Word Preached
16 September
An international conference, with participants from Europe and the US, exploring the English and Continental Reformations
Sarum College, 19 The Close, Salis­bury
www.anglican-lutheran-society.org/index.htm

Celebration of the King James Bible
24 September-1 October
This includes a float in the Welling­ton Carnival, input into local schools, a public reading of the Bible, and a display of the history of the Bible
Wellington, Somerset

A Celebration of the King James Bible
25 and 26 September
Exhibition of historic copies of the Bible and other religious materials, publications, and artefacts, including a reproduction of the 1611 King James Bible. Also a film: KJB: The book that changed the world
First Garvagh Presbyterian Church, Kilrea Road, Garvagh, Coleraine, Co. Londonderry
www.firstgarvaghpresbyterian.org  

October

Written on the Heart
A play by David Edgar about the making of the King James Bible will open this month, on a date to be announced.
Royal Shakespeare Company, Swan Theatre, Stratford on Avon, War­wickshire

Bible Exhibition
1-30 October
A display of Bibles and manuscripts
Blackburn Cathedral, Cathedral Close, Blackburn

Written on the Heart
A play by David Edgar about the making of the King James Bible will open this month, on a date to be announced.
Royal Shakespeare Company, Swan Theatre, Stratford on Avon, War­wickshire

Bible Exhibition
1-30 October
A display of Bibles and manuscripts
Blackburn Cathedral, Cathedral Close, Blackburn

Service of Thanksgiving and Re-dedication to the Bible
16 October, 4 p. m.
A service of thanksgiving for the Bible in English, and recommitment to the written word of God in the Bible
Blackburn Cathedral, Cathedral Close, Blackburn

Tyndale Lecture
19 October, 8 p. m.
Reg Carr, a former director of the Bodleian Library, speaking about the translation of the Bible into English
Venue to be announced

Service of Thanksgiving and Re-dedication to the Bible
16 October, 4 p. m.
A service of thanksgiving for the Bible in English, and recommitment to the written word of God in the Bible
Blackburn Cathedral, Cathedral Close, Blackburn

Tyndale Lecture
19 October, 8 p. m.
Reg Carr, a former director of the Bodleian Library, speaking about the translation of the Bible into English
Venue to be announced

November

Westminster Abbey service to complete the celebrations
16 November, 11.30 a. m., in Westminster Abbey, London
www.westminster-abbey.org  

December

Year of the Bible: A Bible overview
1, 8 and 15 December
St Andrew’s, Church Road, Leyland, Lancashire

Compiled by Paul Northup

Biblefresh calendar of events:
www.biblefresh.com/get-involved/calendar-2011/

The KJB Trust listings:
www.kingjamesbibletrust.org

Compiled by Paul Northup

Biblefresh calendar of events:
www.biblefresh.com/get-involved/calendar-2011/

The KJB Trust listings:
www.kingjamesbibletrust.org

Glory in the dark

Murray Watts recalls the joy of speaking the cadences of the Authorised Version as a boy

THE church was very dark, and it was full of candles, something I had never seen before. The great Victorian arches of polished red brick vanished into the gloom far above, as I walked in terror on to the chancel steps. I was nine years old. It was my first public appearance and I was hoping it would be my last. I was taking up my position in the “Junior Speech Choir” for the carol ser­vice, an honour that was generally given to boys who were useless at singing.

Incapable of being sweet choristers singing “Once in royal David’s city”, our little band of hopeless cases had been given some verses from the Authorised Version of the Bible to recite. The words came from Isaiah 9, and I can still hear them ringing out through that vast gloom and over the heads of the polite congregation: “The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.”

“Upon them” — upon these people, upon our parents nodding and smiling encouragement, and our school friends shifting in the hard pews, and upon the teenagers in the bus queue down the road, and upon the billions of people across the world . . . I remember how we began to be filled with courage, as we recited the words, thundering out their glory: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder.” The fear had gone and the sense of failure, the shame of being excluded from the singing choir, had also vanished. We, our motley little band of rejects, had been given a glorious task.

I called out my single solo line: “And his name shall be called Wonderful”; and other boys followed, “Counseller”, “The mighty God”, “The everlasting Father”, “The Prince of Peace”. Our voices joined again, in perfect unison: “Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end . . .”

I think it was on this day, which began with terror and ended with such joy, that my passion for the Authorised Version of the Bible was born — a version whose majestic rhythms were created supremely to be spoken out loud. Calling out my verses into the darkness that night with growing confidence, I had unknowingly touched upon that other great prophetic promise of Isaiah: “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please.”

Murray Watts has written the screenplay for KJB: The book that changed the world, a new drama-documetary directed by Norman Stone, and presented by John Rhys-Davies (£12.99).

www.kjbthefilm.com

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