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Publication Date: 18 Jul 2019
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
Words: 20000
Page Count: 160
Author: Murray Watts
ISBN-13: 9780281080946, 9780281080953

Give Up Your Celebrity

and other parables
By Murray Watts
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Here is a collection of brilliant and poignant parables, for personal reading and public use. Each offers a penetrating insight into some aspect of the Christian faith. Some are entirely new; others are rewritten and re-contextualised versions of stories Jesus told. They include:

GIVE UP YOUR CELEBRITY – a variant on the Rich Young Ruler
THE LOVE AFFAIR – a young woman, whose husband has betrayed her, finds healing in the crucified Christ
THE SECRET OF LIFE – a young man finds the greatest treasure of all, but how should he speak of it?
THE LOST ANGEL – a little angel offers up a solo performance over Scotland
AN ARTIST TRIES TO CREATE THE WORLD – an artist does her best, but makes a complete hash of things
About the Author
In a career lasting forty years, Murray Watts has written many plays for theatre and radio, and numerous screenplays for TV and film. His work as a playwright, screenwriter and children’s writer has won awards nationally and internationally. He was one of the founding directors of Riding Lights Theatre Company.

Screenplays range from ‘The Dream’, starring Jeremy Irons and directed by Norman Stone for BBC 2 in 1990, which was nominated for the Cable Ace awards as the best drama on Cable TV in the US, to ‘The Miracle Maker’, for S4C/BBC/ICON, featuring the voices of Ralph Fiennes, William Hurt, Richard E Grant, Ian Holm and Julie Christie. The Miracle Maker was released in cinemas in 2000, and shown on BBC and ABC network in the US. The Miracle Maker was the top-rated Easter movie for ABC and won the Movieguide Epiphany Award as the most inspirational film on US TV in 2000.

Murray Watts also wrote ‘The Mourner’, starring Eileen Atkins, for the series ‘Tales from the Madhouse’ (1A/BBC). He was the script consultant and contributing writer to the BBC series ‘Testament’ and the screenwriter for the BBC animated ‘Beowulf’, with Derek Jacobi and Joseph Fiennes. He has written single TV plays for Yorkshire TV, Central TV, BBC and Thames TV. His most recent work was the screenplay for the drama-documentary ‘KJB: The Book That Changed the World’ (directed by Norman Stone for 1A Productions) which was featured on The Discovery Channel and BBC Scotland and which also won the MovieGuide Epiphany Award for 2011.

Among a variety of current feature film projects, Murray is the screenwriter for ‘Power and Glory’, about the life of Michael Faraday, whose discoveries in the Nineteenth Century gave birth to the age of electricity and inspired the work of Albert Einstein.

Radio dramas include his adaptation of his own award-winning play, ‘The Fatherland’ for the BBC Monday Play, the two part BBC drama, ‘One August in Milan’, inspired by the Confessions of St Augustine, ‘The Pilgrim’s Postscript’, a modern re-telling of the Pilgrim’s Progress, with Brian Glover and Willie Rushton and ‘At the Back of the North Wind,’ with Juliette Stevenson and Joss Acland.

His work as a playwright has been seen in major theatres throughout the UK and in the West End. Theatre awards include a Fringe First for his production of the comic revue ‘Colour Radio’ with Riding Lights Theatre Company in 1979 and the LWT Plays on Stage Award for ‘The Fatherland’ his play set in Soweto, staged by Bush Theatre at Riverside Studios in 1989. In 2012, The King’s Head Theatre in London hosted a season of his plays (including an exploration of the life of Charles Darwin in ‘Mr Darwin’s Tree’) and his play ‘The Kiss’ received its world premiere at the Oran Mor Theatre in Glasgow.

His many books include the best-selling ‘Time to Act’, the novel of ‘The Miracle Maker’ and ‘The Lion Bible for Children’ which is published in over twenty languages around the world.

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