I began writing about LGBTQ when I came out as a gay man in 2005. One of the first pieces I wrote was Out and Cowed, for Third Way magazine (which is sadly no longer).
[Originally published in Third Way magazine in June 2006]
US “ex-Gay” ministries claim to “heal” homosexuals. DAVID L RATTIGAN tries to keep an open mind as he investigates similar exit counselling in the UK…
There was little ambiguity concerning the existence and role of God in the films of Terence Fisher, the director whose vision for the Gothic helped shape ‘Hammer horror’ from the studio’s first colour period horror film, The Curse of Frankenstein (1957).
I am beyond proud and honoured to be one of many subjects in photographer Laura McCann’s new exhibition, Performers.
Stephen wrote the music and lyrics, to which I added the book. The production was designed especially for a small cast of adults and a large cast of primary school children, from twelve schools across the Diocese of Liverpool.
As well as scripting the show, I stepped in to play the part of the Narrator and the Spirit of Christmas Present, pictured.
The cathedral subsequently published the script as Scrooge: A Musical for Schools, with accompanying resources such as backing tracks, making it available to schools for future productions.
As an enthusiast for the original Dickens novel (see my article Dickensian Gothic) I had long wanted to adapt the festive tale, and I’m open to adapting A Christmas Carol again for theatre and other media. Just get in touch.
[Originally published on The Guardian‘s Comment is free in 2009]
Oral Roberts, who died on Wednesday, sold lonely women handkerchiefs to weep in and changed American Christianity
The late Oral Roberts was a healer, an exorcist, a preacher, a televangelism pioneer, an ecumenist and a cultural icon whose life and message united popular religion with the American Dream.