A spiritual revelation
On the feast day of the Annunciation, Mark Byford explains how a chance viewing of a French 18th-century painting in the Gallery, on loan from Winchester College, inspired him to search for the spiritual meaning of the biblical story.
Mark Byford was born in Castleford, West Yorkshire in 1958. He has lived in Winchester for more than three decades. An award-winning journalist and editor, he worked at the BBC for 32 years. He was the BBC’s Deputy Director General and Head of Journalism from 2004 to 2011. Previously, he was Director of the BBC World Service from 1998 to 2004. Married with five adult children, his first book, 'A Name On A Wall', was published by Mainstream in 2013. A practising Christian, he has been a Lay Canon and member of Chapter at Winchester Cathedral since 2017.
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Supported by the John Armitage Charitable Trust
Image above: Detail from François Lemoyne, The Annunciation, 1727