Monday, 19 October 2015

Manna: Autumn 2015 Issue

I have recently completed work on the Autumn issue of Manna magazine for the Diocese of Bath & Wells. Manna is an A4 quarterly, 24 page publication designed by Graphic Bubble.

The Autumn issue focuses on ageing, as Editor Helen Hawthorne explains; “Age has no reality except in the physical world. The essence of a human being is resistant to the passage of time. Our inner lives are eternal, which is to say that our spirits remain as youthful and vigorous as when we were in full bloom.

“The words of Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez in Love in the Time of Cholera seem fitting when reflecting on how this issue on ageing has come together. It began with an agreement that we must find a balance between being positive about getting older along with a respect for the challenges also faced, which at the time I have to admit to feeling somewhat daunted by. Did the positives really balance with the negatives?

“The conversations and meetings that followed opened my eyes immensely to the true gifts of years, as opposed to the script that pervades our society which can value youth and productivity over wisdom. More importantly, I discovered how much as churches we can miss when we direct so much of our energy 
to attracting the younger generations through the doors, often missing completely the huge resource right there in front of us in our older congregations; gifts of wisdom and experience, journeys of faith to share, and perspectives gained from longevity.

“This challenge to us as Church to redress the balance is explored in Fay Wilson-Rudd’s opening piece, and again in the words of Debbie Thrower, Andrew Norris and others in the feature. We were delighted to meet Canon James Woodward, who will have taken up his new role as Principal of Sarum College by the time you read this; read on to hear his thoughts on spirituality and ageing in our interview. It was also a real privilege to spend time with parishioner Jean Kent whilst she spoke to me of her faith journey across her 94 years, so I hope that her words will inspire you as much as they did me.

“Enjoy this issue, and may it also open your eyes 
and hearts to the gifts of years, as we affirm that those who are older are most certainly not dead yet.”

To view a digital version of the magazine click here or on the animation below.



Thursday, 8 October 2015

Gathering Voices Festival of Song 2015

I've recently completed work on an A5 flyer for this year's Gathering Voices Festival of Song. The event is now in its 6th year and starts tomorrow. The festival comes highly recommended and is on until the 18th October.

As Festival Director Hannah Klewin explains "By gathering together the extraordinary range and repertoire of the city’s singers, choirs, ensembles, vocal artists and groups we continue to proudly proclaim Bristol as the UK’s premier ‘City of Song’. For a full ten days in October the city will resonate with outstanding performances, workshops, open rehearsals and Song Raids that includes a rich diversity of genres from classical, community, contemporary and gospel, to world, roots and sacred songs - not to mention seafaring shanties..."

For more information please visit the Festival of Song website www.festivalofsong.org.uk