Sympathy for Jonah
May 24 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm£5
Join David Benjamin Blower as he performs The Book of Jonah, a dark musical retelling of the biblical story of the same name, which moves between the Old King James Bible and a series of dark ballads exploring issues of personal despair, political protest, and our shared terror of Otherness. Doors open at 7pm and the performance will be followed by a time of discussion.
David Benjamin Blower is a writer, junk-folk musician and community theologian from Birmingham. The Book of Jonah has been recorded in collaboration with N. T. Wright and Alastair McIntosh, and his book Sympathy for Jonah is a series of reflections on the politics of enemy-love in an age of imperialism and terror.
‘David Blower has written a marvellous reflection on what may be the Bible’s most subversive and misunderstood story. Not only are his insights incisive and needed, his writing is a delight to read.’ Brian D McClaren
‘Read and listen if you dare.’ Ann Morisy
‘Elegiac in its writing and prophetic in its message, Blower’s study brings the ancient Biblical myth of Jonah back to life with fresh relevance for our times, especially so with Jonah’s city so much in the news and for the same reasons as before: that is to say, Nineveh, or Mosul in northern Iraq.’ Alastair McIntosh, author of Soil and Soul and co-author (with Matt Carmichael) of Spiritual Activism.
Tickets: General Admission £5 / £2 unwaged