Birmingham Literature Festival and Birmingham Cathedral are delighted to be collaborating once again to bring you a firm favourite in the festival programme, the Secular Sermon. Now in its fourth year, the sermon gives an outstanding writer an extended opportunity to explore the ideas and beliefs that inspire their writing.

This year, we are thrilled to announce that the sermon will be given by Owen Jones, bestselling writer, political activist and a weekly columnist for the Guardian. He appears regularly in broadcast media, including BBC1’s Question Time, ITV’s Daybreak, Channel 4 News and Newsnight. Owen’s first book, Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class, was long-listed for the Guardian First Book Award and he was Young Writer of the Year at the 2013 Political Book Awards. His new book, The Establishment, is a biting critique of the powerful forces that shape our lives, from the lobbies of Westminster to the newsrooms, boardrooms and trading rooms of Fleet Street and the City.

In this year’s Secular Sermon, Owen Jones will talk about the deep commitment to democracy that underpins his writing, and his passion for telling the stories of hidden lives and unheard voices.

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Birmingham Cathedral

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