A number of places are still available for the inaugural lecture of former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, for the University of Chester.

But those who can’t attend this ticket-only event will be able to watch the occasion live online.

Ahead of the university’s 175th anniversary celebrations, the world-renowned scholar, who was appointed as Gladstone Professor of Literature and Theology at the university in 2011, presents The Messiah and the Novelist: Approaches to Jesus in Fiction at Chester Cathedral during the national Universities Week campaign.

Taking place on Friday, June 13, from 7pm, the lecture will look at various attempts to write fiction about Jesus in the past century or so, and reflect on some of the religious and imaginative problems it has posed.

Dr Rowan Williams became 104th Archbishop of Canterbury in 2002, and stepped down from the position in 2012 to become Master of Magdalene College Cambridge.

He is acknowledged internationally as an outstanding teacher, poet and scholar with a range which encompasses theology, philosophy, spirituality and religious aesthetics.

He has also written extensively on moral, ethical and social topics, and, since becoming archbishop, has turned his attention increasingly to contemporary cultural and interfaith issues.

Viewers will be able to stream the lecture live via a link which will be made available on the university’s homepage – www.chester.ac.uk – from 7pm on the day of the lecture.

Although free, this is an advance ticket only event and those interested in attending are advised to book via shopfront.chester.ac.uk under the event booking section.