Angelic history by Norfolk Catholic writer broadcaster
Writer, journalist and broadcaster Peter Stanford will be speaking about his new book, published last month, ‘Angels: A Visible and Invisible History’, at his local church in West Norfolk on April 24.
On Wednesday, April 24 at 6.00pm-7.45pm Peter Stanford will discuss the contents of his new book ‘Angels: A Visible and Invisible History’ at by the Church of Our Lady St Mary in South Creake, West Norfolk.
Peter Stanford, a writer, journalist and broadcaster, is a former editor of the Catholic Herald who writes features for the Daily and Sunday Telegraph newspapers, as well as The Tablet and Third Sector magazine. He has also presented programmes on BBC 1, Channel 4 and Channel 5, as well as BBC Radios 2 and 4 and the BBC World Service.
Peter said: “I am talking underneath the medieval "angel roof" in my local church, St Mary's, South Creake, about my new book on angels. It is a place that means a lot to me, as described in the epilogue of the book. Entrance is free and 50% of whatever is raised by selling copies of the book will go to the Norfolk Churches Trust, a favourite charity.”
About his new book Peter said: “While belief in God is on the wane, then, belief in angels is flying high. We are, in the words of the Robbie Williams' song, loving angels instead. Why?
“That is the question my new book, Angels: A Visible and Invisible History, published on March 7 by Hodder, tries to answer. What is the appeal of angels over and above institutional religion? What is it about guardian angels that gives so many so much comfort when God doesn't or can't? And what does our continuing dependence on them tell us about ourselves in an otherwise secular, sceptical world?
“To understand why, I look back through millennia, in all the major faith, to angels and angel-like figures who have been there at moments of crisis to answer the specific needs of that moment. And to the angels that are so present in the speculations of the medieval Christian angelologists, or in the pages of the Qu'ran, or in the Jewish mystical tradition, the Kabbalah, as well as in the art of the Renaissance, the writings of Milton, John Dee and Swedenborg, and in the parallel universe created by the genius that is William Blake, who image of them features on the cover of the book.”
Peter Stanford's previous books include: Martin Luther: Catholic Dissident, Judas: The Troubling History of the Renegade Apostle; The Devil - A Biography; Heaven - A Traveller's Guide to the Undiscovered Country; and The She-Pope, an investigation of the Pope Joan legend.
All are welcome to attend this free event. The book will be on sale for £20 with 50% donated to the Norfolk Churches Trust. Peter will be signing books from 6pm-6.30pm and refreshments will be available. A talk with Q&A will follow at 6.30pm.
The Church of Our Lady St Mary, South Creake, NR21 9LX
Photo of Peter Stanford by Mykel Nicolaou