Editor-in-chief Ewan Bowlby bids farewell to Transpositions readers.

Most endings are also beginnings. As my time working with Transpositions draws to a close, the sadness I feel is tempered by an awareness of the promise that the future holds for this unique online journal. Over the last five years, it has been a privilege to watch Transpositions develop, growing in diversity, ambition and reach. As associate editor, then editor-in-chief, I have enjoyed discovering new possibilities alongside adroit, dedicated colleagues in the editorial team, learning more about what Transpositions can be and achieve. As a journal, we have come to reflect the enthralling variety of subjects that those working in theology and the arts are exploring. We have published articles covering subjects including Ted Lasso, Dostoevsky, silence and disabled butterflies. It has been a real joy to witness this field of research flourishing, and I am immensely grateful to all the authors who have helped us to demonstrate how a seemingly limitless range of artforms can hold spiritual value.

As I leave the editorial team, I feel proud and reassured to see that the growth of Transpositions is a continuing process. I am handing over executive editorial control to Annie Konzelman and I know that the journal will continue to thrive and evolve under her guidance. Regular, relevant content will keep flowing. Annie’s fresh vision combined with continuity in our excellent editorial team will lead to exciting things!

So, my farewell is also an invitation to readers to enjoy the fruits of these changes. I leave with a heavy heart but I know that, in stepping back, I am making space for new, imaginative explorations in theology and the arts.


  • Ewan is a doctoral student at the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts (ITIA) in St Andrews, under the supervision of George Corbett (ITIA) and John Swinton (University of Aberdeen). He is researching ways of using popular artworks (novels, films, and television series) to design new forms of art therapy which provide emotional, psychological and spiritual care for cancer patients. This involves using fictional narratives, characters, and imagery to reflect and reframe patients' experiences of living with cancer, helping them to understand and articulate the effect of cancer on their lives. He is developing the impact of his research through an ongoing collaboration with several Scottish centres run by the Maggie's cancer care charity. Other interests include theological engagement with popular culture, the relationship between theology and humour, and the use of narrative form for theological expression.

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