Joseph Pearce will be the main speaker at our summer 2019 conference on the “Anointed Imagination: Literature in the light of Christ”, to be held at the College from Monday 22nd July to Friday 26th July, 2019.
Pearce has an extraordinary personal story to tell and a great depth of erudition in English letters. Twenty-five years ago he was a radical activist, a skinhead, and the editor of two hard-right magazines. That was before the writings of GK Chesterton, and the Bible, completely changed his life.
Today, a long-standing convert to Catholicism, Joseph Pearce is the author of a long list of critically acclaimed, best-selling biographies of great nineteenth-and twentieth-century Christian authors. He is also the co-founder and co-editor of an international magazine dedicated to reclaiming Catholic culture, St Austin Review (which he co-founded in 2000 with Ferdi McDermott). He is a senior fellow at The Cardinal Newman Society and editor of its journal, senior contributor at The Imaginative Conservative and senior editor at the Augustine Institute. His books include biographical works on C.S. Lewis, Shakespeare, Tolkien, Chesterton, Solzhenitsyn and Belloc.
Mr Pearce is also a member of the International Advisory Board of Chavagnes Studium and will be participating in the teaching of English literature as part of our new BA course in the Liberal Arts.