On 18-20 July, 2019, the Rabbit Room will convene the first Hutchmoot UK at St. Andrew’s Church in North Oxford. You're invited to come and enjoy a weekend of live music, delicious food and conversation, and a series of discussions centred on art, faith, and the telling of great stories across a range of mediums.
Speakers, sessions, and special events will be announced as they are confirmed.
It is a real thrill to announce that Steve Turner will deliver the keynote address for the first ever Hutchmoot UK. Steve has a wealth of experience to share and the chance pick his brain over a few summer days in Oxford is incentive enough to come along for the fun.
But who is Steve Turner?
John & Yoko. Eric. Ray. Bruce. T-Bone. Bono. Judy. Jarvis. Beck. Jay. The list goes on. Steve has interviewed and profiled them all. He’s written acclaimed biographies of Marvin Gaye, Van Morrison, Johnny Cash, Jack Kerouac, Cliff Richard, and even the eight musicians that went down playing with the Titanic. He co-wrote the official book accompanying U2’s Rattle and Hum. But he’s been prolific on The Beatles, most recently with his excellent Beatles ‘66 about the watershed year in the band’s development.
He has also written a number of poetry books for both adults and children.
But there is a greater reason why many Christians involved in the arts feel so indebted to Steve. Many—too many—have been part of church environments that ignore or even actively despise the arts. And Steve’s book Imagine: A Vision for Christians in the Arts was a godsend for thousands when it came out nearly twenty years ago. In many ways, Steve does in print what Francis Schaeffer’s L’Abri fellowships have been doing for many of us for decades: namely helping us to grow in discipleship integrity with the God-given gifts and passions we each have. He followed this book up with Popcultured: Thinking Christianly About Style, Media and Entertainment.
Steve now combines his book writing and journalism with poetry readings, lecture tours of America and Europe and consultancies. He lives in London.