Actions and Detail Panel


Date and time



St Peter’s Vere Street



United Kingdom

View map

Launching her new book A Place At The Table, Jo Swinney discusses why practising hospitality is crucial to combating loneliness in the UK.

About this event

Embrace the practice of hospitality.

With loneliness and isolation reaching unprecedented levels in the UK, it‘s never been more important for Christians to commit to practising hospitality.

But for many of us, hospitality is a lost art – a practice we’ve forgotten, neglected, or distorted beyond all recognition. Amid material comforts and rife individualism, practicing hospitality can be daunting – we can worry that too much is expected of us, that we need to present a perfect home, or that something could go wrong when we let others into our space.

But what if hospitality was actually simpler and yet more profound than we can imagine?

A Place At The Table, the new book from working professional and mother of two Jo Swinney, explores this crucial topic – drawing on biblical insights from the early church and a deep well of experience, and extending a warm invitation to embrace the loving kindness of others.

Join her in conversation with Paul Woolley at the launch of the book, as she shares insights on how we can combat loneliness and isolation through simple, Christlike hospitality.

There’ll also be an opportunity for Q&A and plenty of wine, cheese, and fruit!


Jo Swinney

Jo Swinney is a writer, speaker, and editor. She is the author of a number of books, including Home: The Quest to Belong and The Whole Christmas Story, and is a regular contributor to LICC’s Connecting with Culture. She is Director of Communications for A Rocha International. When not working, she loves reading, planning holidays, and making food for friends. She lives in Bath with her husband Shawn and their two daughters, Alexa and Charis.

Paul Woolley

Paul Woolley is CEO at LICC, having been Deputy Chief Executive at Bible Society. He was previously the founder and director of Theos, the faith and society think tank. Paul lives in Wiltshire with his wife Ruth, four children, and their brood of chickens.

Share with friends

Save This Event

Event Saved