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Christian Alternative Books

Trevor Greenfield

Christian AlternativeAn Imprint Of John Hunt Publishing. A space at the edge where the light shines through. Books

A short interview with Trevor Greenfield

Suzanne Ruthven talks to Trevor Greenfield about the sort of typescripts he wants to receive for Christian Alternative Books.

SR: As I understand it, you're looking for authors who can... write constructively about Christianity without getting bogged down in Orthodoxy, or fundamentalist dogma? Is this correct?

TG: Yes, spot on! Christian Alternative is for writers at the edge, not writers in the mainstream

SR: One of the best books I've read in this genre is ‘Godless Morality: Keeping Religion Out of Ethics' by Richard Holloway, Bishop of Edinburgh. Is this the sort of material you'd be likely to consider?

TG: Yes, I very much enjoyed Holloway's book and it's the sort of title that Christian Alternative will be publishing. Holloway explores the hinterland of the ethical imperative and moves it from the mind of God to the human arena. If we shake the foundations and Heaven falls to Earth what are the implications for God, humanity and history?

SR: What sort of material would you be likely to reject?

TG: Anything that's too theologically comfortable, anything that maintains a nineteenth century status quo (and you'd be surprised, or maybe you wouldn't, how many people still hold to those views).

SR: Is there any particular subject you'd like to publish that isn't already on the book list?

TG: Not particularly... I'm interested in social activism and Christianity as a unique expression in a world that needs unique and creative solutions and answers. But if you want to know my guilty pleasure, it's radical theology. I grew up with Thomas Altizer, John Robinson, Don Cupitt and the Sea of Faith. I love seeing radical theological debates being taken forward.

SR: Have you any additional advice you'd like to impart to prospective Christian Alternative authors?

TG: Yes... submit your proposal! We have a fast, friendly and informal submission process and anyone who submits a proposal receives feedback from us.

If you are working on a title that you feel might be of interest to Christian Alternative, submit your inquiry via the website in the first instance.

Trevor Greenfield serves on the Management Team of John Hunt PublishingExplore the "Our Imprints" section to learn more about our uniquely qualified publishers and their supporting teams. . He is the Publisher of Christian Alternative and author of Introduction to Radical Theology

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Commissioning editor: Suzanne Ruthven, the former editor of The New WriterThis well-regarded magazine comes out six times a year and publishes the best in fact, fiction and poetry, including top stories from the Fish Prize and Real Writers annual competitions. Runs annual Prose and Poetry prizes, including short stories, novellas and essays, material to be submitted by end November. The magazine is towards the more literary end of the spectrum, but offers more publishing opportunities and market information for subscribers than other UK-based creative writing magazines. magazine and commissioning editor for Compass BooksAn Imprint Of John Hunt Publishing. Focuses on practical and informative ‘how-to’ books for writers is also author of nearly 40 titles in the MB &S and countryside genres, including two novels.


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