Birmingham Literature Festival - The Revd Richard Coles: Fathomless Riches
The Reverend Richard Coles is a parish priest in Northamptonshire and a regular host of BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live. He is also the only vicar in Britain to have had a number 1 hit single: the Communards’ Don’t Leave Me This Way topped the charts for four weeks in 1986 and was the biggest-selling single of the year. Fathomless Riches is his remarkable memoir in which he divulges with searing honesty and intimacy his pilgrimage from a rock-and-roll life of sex and drugs to a life devoted to God and Christianity.
Music is where it began. Richard Coles was head chorister at school, and later discovered a love of saxophone together with the magic of Jimmy Somerville’s voice. Against a backdrop of intense sexual and political awakening, The Communards were formed, and Richard Coles’ life as a rock star began. Fathomless Riches – a phrase characteristic of St Paul and his followers – is a deeply personal and illuminating account of a transformation from hedonistic self-abandonment to ‘the moment that changed everything’. Funny, warm, witty and wise, it is a memoir which has the power to shock as well as to console. It will be hailed as one of the most unusual and readable life stories of recent times.
Chaired by The Very Reverend Catherine Ogle, Dean of Birmingham Cathedral.
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£12/ £10 (WWM Friends £10.80/ £9) BLF Pass: Free
Time 5:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Venue Studio Theatre, Library of Birmingham