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After dinner speaker Rev Richard Coles is a broadcaster, writer, actor, witty and priest and former pop star with The Communards. Following up on a successful media career Richard trained for a priesthood in the Church of England.

He stood down from clerical duties in 2022 and continues to work in broadcasting, with Newsnight and as an opera reviewer, Songs of Praise and as a panellist on Have I Got News For You. In 2011 he became the regular host of BBC 4’s Saturday Live programme.  He is a best selling author and his latest book and first novel, Murder Before Evensong was an instant Sunday Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Crime & Thriller Book of the Year 2023.

Richard is an accomplished after dinner speaker and event host and feedback includes:

“Richard was excellent – indeed, he is probably the best received speaker/host we have had in many years. I think he won a lot if new fans at the awards. He was witty and humane, and also managed the ceremony on time – even though we had an unexpected charity auction to fit in!” Mark Moran, Managing Editor, Landor L|I|N|K|S Limited

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