Richard Coles

Richard Coles


The Reverend Richard Coles is an English musician, writer, Church of England priest, and co-presenter of Saturday Live on BBC Radio 4. He read Theology at King’s College London, and after ordination worked as a curate in Lincolnshire, then in central London, before coming to Finedon in Northamptonshire, where is Vicar. He was the multi-instrumentalist who partnered Jimmy Somerville in the 1980s band the Communards, which achieved three Top Ten hits, including the Number 1 record and best-selling single of 1986, a club/dance version of “Don’t Leave Me This Way”. He is the author of Fathomless Riches, Bringing in the Sheaves, and Lives and Legends of the Improbable Saints. He lives in the Vicarage at Finedon with his civil partner and four dachshunds.

Richard Coles @RevRichardColes

Get on a train expecting morose silence but it is full of people chatting about football, petting a lady’s dog, and having a whale of a time. And then I remember it Is destined for Sheffield.

Paging @hughpearman: why are all big industrial/retail units made of light grey corrugated metal?

The difference between tactics and strategy: lying to dodge something, no-one ever trusting you again about anything.

Nothing exposes my donnishness more plainly than captcha security pictures: ‘Is that a traffic light? Does an element of the traffic light ensemble appear in the corner of frame B2? Is there a traffic light in the far distance? What IS a traffic light?’