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Podcast: Mark Oakley’s pandemic reading

12 March 2021

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Canon Mark Oakley

Canon Mark Oakley

On the podcast this week, Canon Mark Oakley talks about the books that have helped him through the pandemic so far.

“Literature is more a verb than a noun; a living conversation,” he says. “Opening up the covers is opening up the door to a hospitable place, asking me to come in and take a seat. Literature makes thing matter. Literature, like faith, is a celebration of the meaning of experience and of the experience of meaning.”

This talks was originally given at a one-day online event organised last month by the Church Times Festival of Faith and Literature. Buy access to a recording of the whole event here.

Canon Mark Oakley is Dean of St John’s College, Cambridge, and the author of The Splash of Words: Believing in poetry (Canterbury Press), which won the 2019 Michael Ramsey Prize.


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