We would like to thank our amazing sponsors for making the Festival possible:

School of Divinity

The School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh is housed in the historic New College building on The Mound. We’re home to a wide diversity of students from all over the globe and are ranked in the world’s top 20 universities for theology, divinity and religious studies (QS World University Rankings, 2020). Winter Tales is one of a series of special events run by the School this year to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the founding of New College. Besides more traditional subjects such as Theology, Biblical Studies and Church History, we also teach courses in Science and Religion, Muslim-Christian Relations, World Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and Atheism. In 2021 we launched a new masters programme in Religion and Literature

New College

New College was founded as the theological college of the Free Church of Scotland. Today it is a place where where the Church of Scotland trains its ministerial candidates. The building also hosts the Edinburgh University’s School of Divinity. New College | The University of Edinburgh

The Centre for Theology and Public Issues

The CTPI was founded at the University of Edinburgh in 1984 as the world’s first centre for reflection and research on public theology. More than three decades later, CTPI continues to bring theological voices into conversations about pressing matters of public concern. CTPI engages with a range of public issues, such as politics, the environment, law & justice, interreligious dialogue, peacebuilding and the arts.

Home – Centre for Theology and Public Issues (ed.ac.uk)

The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities

The IASH at the University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s premier Institutes for Advanced Study. We support innovative research and public engagement activities across the arts, humanities and social sciences through a range of interdisciplinary and international projects and programmes.


SPCK Publishing

SPCK is the biggest Christian UK publisher. Their mission is to inspire individual Christians to grow in their faith; encourage people who are exploring Christianity for the very first time to delve deeply into it; and to help people outside the Church to question their beliefs and to see the continuing relevance of Christianity.

SPCK – Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge – SPCK Publishing

The Drummond Trust

The Drummond Trust has been in existence since the 1850s, and was founded by Peter Drummond who was a businessman in Stirling. The purpose of the Trust is to make available financial grants to assist with the publication of books of ‘sound Christian doctrine and evangelical purpose’. The Trust continues to operate in the Stirling area, but the grant applications are not restricted to any location. The majority of the applications are for Scottish publications, but applications are also received from international communities. For further information, contact catherineberrill@hillandrobb.co.uk.

Scottish Network for Religion and Literature

The Network draws on the considerable range of expertise of scholars in the field from across the University. It aims to function as the hub of the academic study of literature and religions in the city, attracting doctoral researchers as well as tapping into the public and tourist interest in literary Edinburgh.

Scottish Network for Religion and Literature | The University of Edinburgh