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Richard Holloway takes Director’s Cut chair

Richard Holloway, the Scottish broadcaster and writer, will take the Director’s Cut chair at a special event in Aberdeen next month.

Richard HollowayThe former Bishop of Edinburgh will be interviewed as part of the University of Aberdeen's popular film series, which has brought a host of prominent filmmakers and broadcasters to the Granite City.

Nicolas Roeg, Raul Ruiz, Allan Shiach, John Akomfrah and Sir David Attenborough have all made the journey to the North-east to talk about their work.

Now Holloway will by interviewed by Professor John Swinton, Chair of Practical Theology at the University of Aberdeen, on Monday, February 23 at 6pm. The event will take place in the 500-year-old surroundings of King's College Chapel.

Holloway's television series include Holloway's Road, When I Get to Heaven and The Sword and the Cross.  He currently hosts the BBC Radio Scotland book review programme, Cover Stories; chairs the joint board of the Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Screen; and has written 26 books, including Between the Monster and the Saint: reflections on the human condition (2008). 

"While often viewed as a controversial figure, Richard Holloway is a vital and provocative commentator on our times and it gives us great pleasure to be able to put on an event of this nature in such an evocative setting as King's College Chapel," said Dr Alan Marcus, Head of Film and Visual Culture at the University of Aberdeen.

"The discussion will look at how religious ideas and moral issues are conveyed on television and the media, including topics such as faith in a post-Christian age, the problem of evil, homosexuality and the Anglican Church, and the moral problems we face in the current economic crisis."

The event, which will be co-hosted by the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies at the University of Aberdeen, will be followed by a reception hosted by Scottish Screen and a book signing in James McKay Hall.

To book tickets online visit http://www.abdn.ac.uk/directorscut/ or contact the University events team on 01224 273 874.

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Notes to Editors

Issued by the Communications Team, Office of External Affairs, University of Aberdeen, King's College, Aberdeen. Tel: (01224) 272014.

Issued on: Monday 26th of January 2009

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