Michael Ramsey Prize 2016 - winner announced

The six titles were unveiled at The Bloxham Festival of Faith and Literature on Saturday 20th February 2016.

The winner - John Swinton, for his book Dementia: Living in the Memories of God - was announced by the judges at Greenbelt on Sunday 28th August 2016. The runner up was Benigno Beltran, with Faith and Struggle on Smokey Mountain.

John Swinton at the Award Ceremnony
John Swinton at the Award Ceremony
(Photograph by Alex Baker)
Dementia Faith and Struggle on Smokey Mountain

Speaking about the winning entry, the Archbishop, who presided over the prize for the first time, said:

"After much thought and struggle, we concluded that John Swinton's book should take the Michael Ramsey Prize this year. It is a cross-disciplinary book that goes straight to the heart of tackling one of the most profound failures of our society - the failure to value people in other than economic terms, without seeing the dignity of the human person.
"John has written a book which is deeply challenging and brings to bear a coherent theological approach, with clinical background and understanding, to an issue that has touched many of us, and is one of the great issues of our society. He has done the church and our country a huge service."

A full press release is available from the Archbishop of Canterbury's website >>