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In Conversation: Bishop Mick Fleming, Father Alex Frost & Ed Thomas

The last few years have done much to expose and exacerbate social inequality in the UK. This was brought into stark relief by the BBC News correspondent Ed Thomas in December 2020 through a series of reports on the pandemic which gave viewers a rare insight into both the resilience of one of the nation’s most vulnerable communities and of the vital role grassroots organisations like the Church on the Street and community leaders like Bishop Mick Fleming and Father Alex Frost have played in supporting them. The reports generated international interest and for a while Burnley became the focus of much media attention. Now, almost two years later, we catch up with Ed, Father Alex and Bishop Mick to find out what if anything has been the legacy of the media attention Burnley received. And, as the country finds itself in the middle of a cost-of-living crisis, what next for their community?

Our guests:
Bishop Mick Fleming is Bishop of TICCN and of Church on the Street in Burnley, a Christian community dedicated to helping others, particularly those who find themselves homeless, struggle with addictions, or are on the bread line. Bishop Mick's first book, Blown Away was published by SPCK Publishing on 22 Sept 2022.

Father Alex Frost is the vicar of St Matthew’s the Apostle, Burnley. Ordained in 2012 after a mixed career working as a football referee, manager at Argos and a stand-up comic, Fr Alex was recently appointed to the General Synod for Blackburn Diocese. He hosts The God Cast, a podcast devoted to issues of faith and spirituality, and has just published Our Daily Bread: From Argos to the Altar – a Priest's Story, by HarperNorth.

Ed Thomas is a Special Correspondent at BBC News. His reporting won Royal Television Society awards in 2017 and 2022, and he won the Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain's Social Evils in 2022. During 2021, Ed spent months in Burnley to witness the impact of the pandemic on the poorest, reaching global audiences
Doors will open at 18.00 and the conversation will run 18.30-19.30.

Tickets: £5 (admit one including donation) or free (students unwaged). All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the nominated charity of our speakers, Church on the Street.
International Anthony Burgess Foundation, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester M1 5BY
Mon 28 Nov 2022
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