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Writers, Academics and Broadcaster at New College Literary Festival

Tuesday November 16 2021

Acclaimed writers, academics and even a well-known comedian are to appear in the University of Edinburgh Divinity Department’s first literary festival next month.

The Winter Tales Festival, at New College from December 3-5, is a celebration of 175 years of research into religion, spirituality and the arts. Confirmed speakers include bestselling authors Robert Harris, Val McDermid and Francis Spufford, and the broadcaster Sally Magnusson.

The head of Christian Aid Scotland, Sally Foster Fulton, will take part in a discussion on the Iona Community, the Rev Professor Ian Bradley will give a talk on ‘The Hidden History of Christmas Carols’, and there are further events on migration and science and religion in literature, as well as children’s events.

Other participants involve Richard Holloway and Mona Siddiqui.

The final event sees the comedian and actor Miles Jupp, a New College alumnus, exploring the relationship between religion, comedy and literature.

The events are in-person at New College, most are free but some cost £10/£5 students. For details visit


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