Quiet academic type from North West England. BA English, MA Renaissance Literature.
I studied in exile by the rivers of Babylon for 3 years, aka Cambridge. And I descended into Egypt, aka PricewaterhouseCoopers. Now I live in a spiritual hermitage where I study literature, philosophy and religion.
I will let my book preferences speak for me; hopefully you will get an idea of my personality. Here is my current top 10:
1. The Bible; 2. Dante, Divine Comedy; 3. Bonaventure, Journey of the Mind to God; 4. George Herbert, The Temple; 5. Fr Gabriel, Divine Intimacy; 6. Aquinas, Summa Theologica; 7. Kempis, Imitation of Christ; 8. Donne, Poetry; 9. T S Eliot, Four Quartets; 10. Spenser, Fowre Hymnes.
Also, works I most look forward to reading over the coming twelve months:
1. Peter Lombard, Sentences; 2. Origen, Commentary on the Song of Songs; 3. Augustine, City of God; 4. Dante, Vita Nuova; 5. Cheng’en, Journey to the West.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mainly non-fiction: philosophy and spiritual works. I aim to read more poetry.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to convey my ideas to an audience. Also having something substantive behind my online presence, and leaving a personal testament.
This work investigates the bias inherent in both the media and entertainment industries. It explores British and American examples, and discusses the limits of the trust we should place in mass media generally.
Balanced consideration of modernity from the contrasting points of view of decline of tradition, and various material advancements. What does the early 21st Century mean for both our spiritual and material being?
An exploration of core value and meaning in art and religion. Covers topics such as the defence of the spiritual worldview, the ontological ground of painting, and even a chapter on travel, food & drink. I set out how the supply of ontological meaning from art and religion is vital for a full and purposeful life, more so than a life of action.