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[LIFE] Taking Time Out at #GB19

Well, wasn’t Greenbelt 2019 fabulous. I always have lots of things listed to go to:

I managed to go to:

  • Friday:
    • A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad)
    • Lucy Spraggan
  • Saturday:
    • Caught the end of Nadia Bolz Weber ‘A Shameless Conversation’
    • Conversation with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby
    • Beer and Hymns
    • Extra special was celebrating a Sara Batts upcoming wedding with our Dave Walker t-shirts:
    • Russell Brand in Conversation
    • Fantastic Negrito at Table *that was bizarrely joyous
    • *Went very early to bed with a sleeping tablet
  • Sunday
    • Communion *always a highlight with my Winchester crew
    • Folk On
    • Jamie Bartlett – Hanging Out with the Outsiders
    • Vicky Walker – Why do Christians idolise the traditional family?
    • A little bit of Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls *but I needed sleep
  • Monday
    • Caught the end of Nadia Bolz Weber ‘A Shameless Conversation’
    • Is church history – with Kate Bottley, Liz Adekunie, Stephen Cottrell
    • Harry & Chris – This One’s for the Aliens
    • *Spent most of afternoon chatting with Jenny Baker/Tracey Hume
    • Peter Bloom – Radical Reading – Provocation from Pluto – The Age of Surveillance *Especially interested after my recent publication.
    • Harry Baker: I am 10,000
    • Prophet Sharing, with Imran Yusef and Ashley Blaker

I’m the first voice on here:

Take from 1.43 minutes into Inspirational Breakfast Show on Premier.


[LIFE] Greenbelt #GB18

Last year’s Greenbelt was held in between the week of the identification of ‘suspicious cells’ and confirmation of breast cancer. It was also very sunny – so was quite a different one for me – I spent a lot of it sitting on the bank in the sunshine, talking to friends, and contemplating life. So it’s was quite ‘interesting’ to go back this year knowing that nearly a full year has passed – and a whole heap of friends were there for extra big hugs!


This year’s plan was to take it gently – I had appointments at the hospital on the Friday morning, and then drove to Moulton College (£114 for up to 4 nights, including cooked breakfast and fruit). It’s basic student accommodation, and around a 30 minute commute (to the site entrance + another 5+ minutes to get on + quite a long walk from day parking), but I was warm, clean and able to sleep – and full of food until around 5-6pm when I could choose from one of the food trucks:

I managed to find a few friends on walking through the site (one of my friends jokes that getting across Greenbelt with me takes ages cos I know too many people), shared a rotisserie chicken half with a friend whilst we waited for the marvellous Kate Bottley to do some cooking mixed with chat (much comedy):

The laughter from that was a great set up for the weekend, as I’m feeling quite bleak quite a lot of the time (new drugs maybe, or just body stress), and I headed back for a good sleep (woken up twice because I was too warm – never had to say that at Greenbelt when in a tent!).


Headed down for breakfast 9.30am (they serve til 10am) – I found the red fruit afterwards (there was other options too, but a full English always going to get my vote):

Drove in, took a while to queue up to park, and found by the time I got down to Pagoda area that I’d already walked 2km! I enjoyed bumping into Bryony – and we enjoyed watching Jack Monroe in ‘Table’ (aka SharkBite, surely it needs renaming), before ‘dropping into’ Jesus Arms – then sitting there seeing various friends til 4pm!

Mostly sitting in the #JesusArms although enjoyed @jackmonroe #GB18

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Bryony and I then decided to have a go at Percussion:

She captured this picture of me looking a bit over-excited with a big drum:

Then it was back to the Jesus Arms, before queuing/watching some acrobatics, heading back via the main stage – and back to Moulton:


Made it up a bit earlier, in order to get in for 10am communion (always the highlight of Greenbelt, and always carried out with my Winchester housegroup):

If you want to watch the service, it was shared on Facebook Live (and Greenbelt have no plans to remove the video).

Feeling rather weepy, decided to go and join the St Martin’s in the Fields singers for some old time hymns, before being told the Pierce Brothers were worth a watch, and then heading onto the Jesus Arms:

It was then time to head over to the Tiny Tea Tent to catch up with Jenny Baker (author of ‘Run for your life: how one woman ran circles around breast cancer‘) and a few other friends, before watching Hyena, and catching up with Adam and Naomi back in the JA!

Time for bed sleepy head. #GB18 = restorative for the soul!

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It was a struggle getting out of bed by this point, and looking at my step counter from the last few days (average 10-12k+ steps), made a vow to try and ease off a bit more today, so have enough energy to drive home tomorrow!

I headed down to partake in some wirework art, and then some clay ‘what do you want Greenbelt to look like?’ before debating where next. Hear ‘Bex Lewis’ from across the field, and there’s the lovely Kate Bottley 🙂 Then headed off to get some glitter done (Bekki Radcliffe’s suggestion), before checking out the stands for the organisations exhibiting:

#GB18 more friends and #glitter @greenbeltfestival

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Then ran into Bryony again, as we were both heading to the JA early, ready for Beer and Hymns (I’ve never been in the middle of it before, and wanted a seat!) – annoyingly the seats got taken outside about half-hour before it started but still good fun. Afterwards, headed off to hear Rebecca Stott talking about her book In the days of rain about leaving the Exclusive Brethren (my parents both left Exclusives, I grew up in Open Brethren):

Then it was time for the traditional final meal (Hog roast – WITH crackling please), hanging out with some friends, before watching Harry and Chis in the Big Top, chatting to a handful more people in the JA, and heading back to Moulton for another good night’s sleep!

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Great final breakfast, into the car, still hadn’t sorted out WiFi at Moulton (will try earlier if back there next year), and stopped off at Shugborough Estate en route home (half my house is unusable whilst decorator is painting lounge-diner, with most furniture in the kitchen)!

Greenbelt official photo gallery; Flickr photo gallery; Talks archive and tickets for 2019


[SPEAKER] How to Raise Kids in a Digital Age #GB14

Excellent, Greenbelt have just moved their offices, and have uncovered speaker talks from Greenbelt 2014, when I spoke in GTV on Raising Children in a Digital Age (and yes, I still use many of these analogies in longer workshops). Just 8 minutes to listen to (and yes, there’s a band playing another venue nearby):

Event Life(style)

Greenbelt 2010: Booked

Yes, I was organised this year, I have purchased my ticket for Greenbelt before the 20% discount expires on 30th November! £77 for 3 nights of camping (4 if you really want, just remember the jumpers in case it’s as cold as 2009), and loads of speakers, art, events, and all sorts. I really enjoyed myself this year, so  I was determined that I was going to go for 2010 (27—30 August 2010, Cheltenham Racecourse), although I’ll probably focus more on the experiential side (even more so than this year) as you can buy MOST (not all) talks after the event. I especially loved the 2 sessions I did at Grenhaus – the Greenbelt School of Art – and I know I missed some classic Greenbelt moments, so guess need to find the time before the event if I’m to make the most of it…

2010: The Art of Looking Sideways (I always love the themes, always so cryptic, and people make interesting links around the ideas…)

Glad to see that some of my friends are already signed up for the Facebook Group: “Going to Greenbelt 2010” (unofficial, but quite handy!) – give me a “hi” comment if you’re coming…, and wonder if they’ll have invented a manual charger for the 3GS iPhone for this year, as the app was awesome, but a pain every time the battery ran out!

Image courtesy of Beyond.


How You Spend Your Days…

How You Spend Your Days is How You Will Spend Your LifeThe theme of Greenbelt was “Standing in the Long Now“, which was expressed in a number of different ways, including in art.

I met Mark Fletcher at the Christianity in the Digital Space conference, and was pleased to see this set of posters his visitors produced at Greenbelt, along the theme of Keep Calm and Carry On.

Now, Mark, what I want to know, was that inspired by me wearing my t-shirt at the conference? It certainly makes a statement!