Is Your Love Better Than Life?

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Could an Archbishop become an enemy of the state? Inspired partially by Eliot's classic verse drama Murder in the Cathedral, Is Your Love Better than Life explores a futuristic scenario in which senior figures in the Church and Government discover they have irreconcilable differences, so that it becomes for them a matter of life and death. What beliefs will we die for? Or kill for? It's about telling the truth.

"O God, you are my God, for you I long;

for you my soul is thirsting. My body pines for you

like a dry, weary land without water.

So I gaze on you in the sanctuary

to see your strength and your glory.

For your love is better than life." (Psalm 63)

The writer

Frances Byrnes is a Sony award winning radio producer and dramatist. Her adaptation of L P Hartley's The Go-Between for BBC Radio 3 was shortlisted in the 2013 Writers Guild Awards.

With thanks to Graham Hunter, St John's Church, Hoxton, Ed West and Canon Alan Billings

Sound design, Eloise Whitmore.