The book is due in September 2019

My biography of Hugh Stowell Brown, to be called Hugh Stowell Brown, A Ready Man, is due to be published in September 2019.

The publisher is Instant Apostle, a British Christian publisher which was named Small Publisher of the Year at Christian Resources Together 2018. I am delighted to be working in partnership with this growing publishing house.

The book will be available in paperback in Kindle versions. It tells the life story of Hugh Stowell Brown, a leading Victorian Baptist preacher, pastor and social activist. His statue, raised to him by the people of Liverpool after his death, stands on Hope Street in the city he made his home.

Silent Night 200 years

December 2018 marked 200 years since the first performance of the world’s favourite carol, Silent Night. The words had been written a couple of years earlier by Joseph Mohr and on Christmas Eve 1818 he asked his friend Franz Xaver Gruber to write a simple tune for his words. The song was to be sung at the end of mass by Mohr and Gruber in their village church in Oberndorf near Salzburg, Austria.

In December 2018 I went to Oberndorf to find out the origins of Silent Night. Here’s my thoughts as I stood outside the chapel.
Click on the words SILENT NIGHT to listen.

Here’s some videos I made on my trip to Oberndorf.

Christmas traditions – music

The fourth in this audio series, originally broadcast on BBC Radio Manchester, in December 2018 is about Christmas music, from carols to wassailing to cheesy pop. Wayne is in conversation with Rebecca Kelly of BBC Radio Manchester. Click on the word MUSIC below to listen to the audio, or click …

Christmas traditions – gifts

The third in this audio series, originally broadcast on BBC Radio Manchester in December 2018, is about the traditions of giving presents at Christmas and Father Christmas. Wayne is in conversation with Rebecca Kelly of BBC Radio Manchester. Click on the word GIFTS below to listen to the audio, or …

Christmas traditions – decorations

The second in this audio series, originally broadcast on BBC Radio Manchester, in December 2018 is about the traditions of Christmas decorations and the Christmas tree. Wayne is in conversation with Rebecca Kelly of BBC Radio Manchester. Click on the word DECORATIONS below to listen to the audio, or click …

Christmas traditions – food

The first in this audio series, originally broadcast on BBC Radio Manchester in December 2018, is about the traditions of Christmas food. Wayne is in conversation with Rebecca Kelly of BBC Radio Manchester. Click on the word FOOD below to listen to the audio, or click on Download to.. well, …

Christmas Podcasts Top Ten

Best Christmas Podcasts   As a fan of all things Christmas, and as a fan of podcasts, I love listening to Christmas podcasts. Some of these are about the history of Christmas, some are about the films and songs of Christmas, and some are just Christmas music. Some only come …