Events

an evening with Harry Hook-SOLD OUT

2nd March 2017

ABOUT AFRICA film director and photographer Harry Hook has been photographing in Africa since the 1970s. He shows unique film footage as he tells extraordinary stories of Africa’s people and their inspiring journey from the land to the city. Harry follows the epic migration from pristine wilderness to the heart of Africa’s growing cities, covering … Continue reading an evening with Harry Hook-SOLD OUT

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an evening with Vicky Straker

23rd February 2017

BICYCLES, BLOOMERS AND GREAT WAR RATIONING BOOKS ‘To shun waste, to get out of our foodstuffs the full measure of nourishment – these are the essential principles in wartime cookery . . .’ So said Dorothy Peel OBE, Britain’s leading cookery writer of the First World War. She advised the nation on how to minimize … Continue reading an evening with Vicky Straker

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Fiona Maddocks and Simon Callow in conversation with Jonathan Cross

16th February 2017

MUSICAL PASSIONS leading musicologist, Jonathan cross, Professor of Music at christ church, oxford, chairs an evening of conversation about musical passions with Fiona Maddocks, classical music critic of The Observer, and Simon callow the actor, and director. in her most recent book, Music for Life, Fiona Maddocks selects 100 classical works from across nine centuries, … Continue reading Fiona Maddocks and Simon Callow in conversation with Jonathan Cross

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Love and Caravaggio

14th February 2017

Music from the turbulent circle of the revolutionary Italian baroque painter and lover is probed by these prize-winning graduates from the royal academy on period instruments: Kinga Ujszaszi, violin Laszlo rozsa, recorder ryaan ahmed, theorbo Lucia Capellaro, cello playing Vitali, Uccellini, Arcadelt, Layolle, Van Eyck, Caccini, Turini, Marini, Castello ‘Inventive and profoundly moving . . … Continue reading Love and Caravaggio

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an evening with Deirdre Clancy

2nd February 2017

TRANSVESTISM IN PERFORMANCE an evening with Deirdre Clancy Olivier and BAFTA award-winning costume designer Deirdre Clancy explores the long theatrical tradition of transvestism. in the west it stretches from the ancient greeks via Shakespeare’s boy women to pantomime dames and in the east, from thedan of China to theoyama of Japan for stage and screen. … Continue reading an evening with Deirdre Clancy

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an evening with Rachel Kelly – SOLD OUT

26th January 2017

BEATING THE WINTER BLUES A holistic approach to staying well: an evening with Rachel Kelly Rachel Kelly brings us her hard-won insights into how to sustain well-being. Since suffering her last serious bout of depression in 2004, the former Times journalist has evolved a holistic approach to staying well which includes abandoning perfectionism and enjoying … Continue reading an evening with Rachel Kelly – SOLD OUT

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English PEN – SOLD OUT

19th January 2017

DEFENDING FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION English PEN campaigns for writers at risk around the world. To support the charity, five British writers, all local to southwest England, will read from their own work and from the work of a writer who is in prison or under threat of persecution. We will be joined by the poet … Continue reading English PEN – SOLD OUT

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an evening with Satish Kumar – SOLD OUT

12th January 2017

SOIL, SOUL, SOCIETY an evening with Satish Kumar Satish Kumar, the former Jain monk and internationally renowned speaker on environmental and spiritual issues, argues that the New Age focus on Mind, Body, Spirit should be replaced with a more connected, more outward looking trinity of priorities: Soil, Soul and Society. Kumar, the editor of Resurgence … Continue reading an evening with Satish Kumar – SOLD OUT

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a history of classical music

15th December 2016

Sheep Shanks to Stevie Wonder A HISTORY OF CLASSICAL MUSIC told and performed by Jonathan James Jonathan James tells the story of classical music from ancient sheep-bone flutes to contemporary electronica using piano performance, audio clips and story telling. He traces the echoes of influence which link medieval monks to modern visionaries in order to … Continue reading a history of classical music

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an evening with Jo Berry

8th December 2016

Disarming with empathy Jo Berry will tell the story of her incredible journey to becoming the friend and colleague of former IRA member, Pat Magee, the man who planted the bomb which killed her father, MP Anthony Berry, in the IRA Brighton bomb. Sharing moving insights into her personal story Jo illustrates the power of … Continue reading an evening with Jo Berry

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