Manchester Literature Festival: The Gaeia Sermon, 2014 ~ Audrey Niffenegger

We had a wonderful evening at Manchester Literature Festival, where we sponsored the Gaeia Sermon – and it was great to see some of you there. The organic wine & locally sourced food (by Impact Catering) was much appreciated at our drinks reception, which had a real sense of community as we discovered that several guests already knew each other.

Audrey Niffenegger delivered her Sermon in a soothing voice ~ speaking about her family's relationship with religion, and how she feels a member of the "Church of the Funnies" – which encompasses all artists & art forms. She touchingly made the point that art & religion are intertwined, in that they both come from the spiritual.

She mentioned that her new book (a sequel to The Time Traveller’s Wife, focussing on the previously introduced character of Alba) explores climate change & its effect on her characters - a subject that our clients are also deeply concerned about.

The evening ended with Audrey encouraging us each to go home & make something - whether a meal, some knitting, a painting - anything that helps us to explore our artistic side which is so integral to the spirituality of being human.

JPL_4148 Gaeia Manchester Sermon