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James E Montgomery reads some classical texts; Munjed M Murad sings the virtues of ibn Arabi; Lali Zaibun-Nisa suggests we should all slow down; Daniel Dyer writes a book for children; C Scott Jordan watches ‘The Revenant’; Merryl Wyn Davies remembers the ‘Green, Green Grass of Home’ (which in her case is Merthyr Tydfil); and poems by Paul Abdul Wadud Sutherland.

The setting is the Isle of Wāqwāq south of the equator in the Indian Ocean. Men and women are born on the island but without father or mother. Women are born from a special tree.

Humanity is the vicegerent of God on earth and thus the steward of nature. This paraphrases one of the main rallying cries of today’s environmental movement in the Islamic world, paralleled to a significant degree in other religious traditions.

When I was living and working in London there were many times when I would have the urge to get away from the city. I needed to escape the blinking lights, the constant noise, the ever present pollution.

Growing up near the Lake District, I was surrounded by the beauty of nature. Mountains, lakes, forests… all were on my doorstep, and the Divine hand was evident all around.

The Revenant at face value is a story of a man who survives a brutal bear attack to then seek revenge on those who killed his son and left him for dead. Could a story be more appealing to American audiences?