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Press area

We welcome press and media enquiries about what we’re doing to bring the Bible to life, and we’re happy to comment on current events that relate to the Bible – both at home and abroad.

Simply email our media team on or call one of our press officers.

Press officers

Richard Franklin – Senior Press Officer
T: 01793 418 223
M: 07545 924 914

Rachel Rounds – Head of Media and Communications
T: 01793 418 293
M: 07545 924 983.

Press releases

Bible Society launches new online Bible tool

Bible Society has launched a new tool to help people search, read, engage with and share the Bible. The tool has a number of free-to-use features specially created for the thousands of people a week who visit Bible Society’s website to read the Bible.

Bible Society announces new President, His Grace Bishop Angelos

Bible Society is delighted to welcome His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the UK, as its new President.

It's the Bible – but not as we know it

Richard and Judy have their book club; BBC Radio 2 has its own book club – and now it’s the turn of Bible Society to launch our own: Bible Book Club.

(un)kind Britain? Does the Good Samaritan live on in Modern Britain?

8th March 2016: A nationwide study published today reveals a call for a kinder Britain by adults and children. The YouGov research is released today in a report by Bible Society which looks at the role of the Good Samaritan in modern Britain.


We have a wide range of experts available to comment and contribute on issues ranging from the impact of the Bible globally to its place in contemporary culture, especially education, politics, the arts and the media.

To arrange interviews or for comments, please contact the press team.

Paul Woolley – Deputy Chief Executive 

Paul Woolley is Deputy Chief Executive at Bible Society. He was founding Director of Theos, the public theology think tank, between 2005 and 2010. In addition to previously working as a Parliamentary Researcher and directing a political unit, he has had extensive public affairs and media experience.  

Paul is happy to talk about:

  • All things Bible and Bible Society
  • The Bible and the public space

Derek Hill – Director: Enterprise

Derek is Director: Enterprise and is a global specialist in Bible production and publishing. He is Chairman of the English Language Publishing Group of Bible Societies worldwide.

Derek is happy to talk about: 

  • Bible printing/production - globally and in China in particular
  • Bible publishing

Matthew van Duyvenbode – Director of National Programme and Research

Matthew's background is in education and volunteer management within the charity sector. In his early career, Matthew specialised in using new media and the arts as a tool for education, and developed a groundbreaking peer-leadership programme for young people.  More recently, he co-authored a wide-ranging study into the spirituality and worldview of young British Catholics.

Matthew specialises in examining the interface between faith issues and contemporary culture, and speaks and trains on these themes nationally and internationally. He holds a degree in Theology from Durham University, is a regular contributor to a number of publications, and sits on a variety of faith-based charity advisory groups and boards of trustees.

Matthew is Director of External Relations, Advocacy & Research at Bible Society and is happy to talk about:

  • Popular Culture
  • The Bible and the arts
  • Young people
  • Catholic perspectives on the Bible

Luke Walton – Creative Consultant

Luke is in the business of translating the Bible – not into a new language but into the 'languages' of our culture: film, theatre, fine art, installations, sculpture. He works to encourage, educate, and engage artists with the Bible, seeking to change some misconceptions about the Bible along the way.

Luke is part of the Advocacy team working in England and Wales and is happy to talk about: 

  • The Bible and film
  • Arts and the Bible

For our latest news and comment, keep an eye on the news section

Bible Style Guide

Got questions about the Bible? The Bible Style Guide is a great resource to help journalists and broadcasters address key biblical questions, such as 'does the Bible contain errors?', 'who wrote the Bible?' and 'how did we get the Bible in English?'

Download the guide

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