Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Chelmsford Bishop's love of writing

WITH the second largest diocese in the country to look after and a hectic schedule to go with it, the Bishop of Chelmsford needs to escape the daily pressures of life and unwind.

But you may be surprised to hear that, rather than putting his feet up in front of the TV, the Rt Rev Stephen Cottrell spends a lot of his spare time penning stories in his kitchen and writing poetry.

He describes the hobby as a “compulsive joy” and writes most days, inspired by his day-to-day experiences, as well as by other authors and poets.

A number of his works have been published, including a book of children’s stories and books specifically for non-churchgoers.

His latest offering, the Nail, is out now.

The story is a reflective account of the crucifixion of Jesus. It features perspectives from seven characters, including Pontius Pilate and Judas Iscariot. Each justifies the part they played and blame is passed between them to a degree, but the reader is invited to ask themselves if they would have behaved any differently. Read more

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