Today’s Write With Courage www.thorholt.com guest is Gavin Ashenden. Gavin is an author, theologian, newspaper columnist, pilgrim, ex-academic & BBC radio presenter; occasional opera singer, anti-egalitarian, anti-fascist, emigre...and up until very recently, Chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen!
Read more at www.ashenden.org
Gavin on Twitter @Gavinashenden
On multiculturalism - If you have a melting pot is an exciting mix but no glue... with no glue you come close to anarchy.
On the response of the West to Middle Eastern Christians being persecuted: We don't like reality because it's uncomfortable, and we live in a culture where we've become very good at comforting ourselves... so there's been a kind of lack of moral courage over the last fifty years.
Today's www.ThorHolt.com Write With Courage guest is Claire Fox @fox_claire
Claire is a regular panellist on the BBC's Moral Maze and wrote the book, I Find That Offensive (2016) Claire is director of the Institute of Ideas, founded in 2000 to provide a forum committed to robust public debate in which ideas can be interrogated, argued for and fought over. The institute of Ideas challenges knee-jerk orthodoxies and ensures new generations look behind headlines and avoid over-simplistic conclusions on difficult topics.
To this end, http://www.instituteofideas.com organise a range of high-profile public events http://www.battleofideas.org.uk
On writing - It was the sucker punch...recognising that writing was able to completely devastate you, but, brilliantly, make you understand the World in a completely different way.
On herself - I'm not a natural writer, and partly that's because of vanity!
On writing versus public speaking - Writing is a far more difficult discipline than speaking because you get pinned down...
On identity politics - I really hate that attempt, particularly in literature, to categorise people through their politics, rather than through great writing.
Profound life advice - The greatest regret is to not say what you believe.
Today's guest on www.thorholt.com Write With Courage is Alan Muir. Alan is the Editor of the Scottish Sun Newspaper @ScottishSun on Twitter
On the profession of Journalism - I always thought newspapers could be tools for good.
On starting as a journalist - Get into the local paper, get involved in the local community, get to know the people who are the decision makers, the law-makers, the people that have got their ears to the ground…
On the future of Journalism – While the technology moves on and we’re all wondering where we’re going to be in the next 10-20 years, the basics I think, remain the same. Journalism relies on you being a people person and having the contacts to get the stories in the first place
Todays www.thorholt.com/writer-podcast guest is Joanna Williams @jowilliams293 Joanna is the Author of Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity (2016) and Consuming Higher Education (2012). She’s a Writer, academic, and last but certainly not least, Joanna is education editor @spikedonline
On Europe and Brexit - I just wanted to be able to vote out people who have control over my life. Being left wing doesn't automatically mean you are in favour of super-national institutions.
On Free speech - Terms such as left and right are pretty much meaningless these days. Terms like Free Speech would not remotely have been seen as associated with the political right (in the 1950s)...it has gradually become the left who are more associated with censorship.
Today's www.thorholt.com/writer-podcast/ guest is James Lindsay. James is an Author. His latest book is, ‘Life in Light of Death’ and previous work includes, ‘Everybody Is Wrong About God’, and ‘God Doesn't; We Do: Only Humans Can Solve Human Challenges’
How he started writing - I got pissed off that for my entire life there's all this...stuff about religion that I've never been allowed to say... I started to write it down and the next thing I know I'd written 200,000 words!
James Is a thinker, not a philosopher and used to be a professional mathematician. Catch him @ on Twitter.