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Tapestry – The Story behind Bayeux — An evening with Kylie Fitzpatrick

24th January 2019

The Bayeux Tapestry  is the most famous embroidery in the world.  It’s origins are mysterious.  Although it tells the story of the victory of the Normans in 1066, it is believed to have been made in England in the eleventh century.  Last year, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that it would be loaned to Britain for public display. It is … Continue reading Tapestry – The Story behind Bayeux — An evening with Kylie Fitzpatrick

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Revolutionary Dreams — An evening with Charlotte Hobson

31st January 2019

In the years before the Russian Revolution, a fringe group of students and poets began making art together. The Futurists shocked their wealthy audiences with their crude, witty performances and their ambitious projects: Kiosks that talk to the peasants and educate them! Flying cities! Paper clothes! Collectivised underwear! And a time machine, to transport us … Continue reading Revolutionary Dreams — An evening with Charlotte Hobson

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The art of making gardens — An evening with Luciano Giubbilei

7th February 2019

When Luciano Giubbilei designs a garden he aims to create a place which is timeless: a multi layered environment, where culture and nature combine to connect people to the beauty of the natural world.   His gardens are famed for their understated elegance and serenity, defined by light and influenced by his classical Italian design … Continue reading The art of making gardens — An evening with Luciano Giubbilei

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Fears to Fierce — An evening with Brita Fernandez-Schmidt

14th February 2019

How do we overcome our fears and become our very best fierce selves?   Brita Fernandez-Schmidt is Executive Director of Women for Women International – UK and a dedicated advocate and promoter of women’s empowerment, women’s rights and equality throughout the world. Over the past 25 years she has worked with women experiencing the consequences of war … Continue reading Fears to Fierce — An evening with Brita Fernandez-Schmidt

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The story of the universe — An evening with Greg Morter

21st February 2019

To get a sense of perspective, it helps to reflect on the story of the universe. To understand ourselves, it helps to understand our origins. Greg Morter, creator of Walk the Story of the Universe, takes us from the Big Bang, through the development of the first stars, to the creation of life on Earth and the very … Continue reading The story of the universe — An evening with Greg Morter

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Time to go — An evening with Guy Kennaway

28th February 2019

In 2017 Susie Kennaway asked her son Guy to kill her.  As they discussed how to go about it, Guy started making notes. Time to Go is the result.   It is both a manual for those  considering the benefits of assisted dying – tracking the maze of ethical, legal, emotional, practical difficulties – and the story of a fractious mother … Continue reading Time to go — An evening with Guy Kennaway

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Wilding — An evening with Isabella Tree

7th March 2019

Isabella Tree tells the amazing story of a daring wildlife experiment: the rewilding of Knepp Estate in West Sussex where she lives with her husband, the environmentalist Charlie Burrell. After decades of intensive farming, their 3,500 acres are now home to critically endangered nightingales, turtle doves and purple emperor butterflies, as well as burgeoning populations … Continue reading Wilding — An evening with Isabella Tree

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The world needs this — An evening with Hollie McNish

14th March 2019

Hollie McNish, the Ted Hughes Award winning poet, brings open honest chat as she joins us to read and perform from her latest poetry collections.   She talks fruit and flesh, guilt, sex, politics, death, breasts, transformers and more.  Expect strong language from the poet who has over ten million YouTube views for her online … Continue reading The world needs this — An evening with Hollie McNish

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Jaha’s Promise — An evening with Nimco Ali and Jacob Rees-Mogg

21st March 2019

Campaigner Nimco Ali and MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Female Genital Mutilation, introduce Jaha’s Promise, a documentary made by The Guardian and Accidental Pictures, which follows the story of 26 year old activist Jaha Dukureh, as she returns to Gambia, her country of birth, to confront the harmful tradition of … Continue reading Jaha’s Promise — An evening with Nimco Ali and Jacob Rees-Mogg

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House of Gold — An evening with Natasha Solomons

11th April 2019

New York Times bestselling author Natasha Solomons’ most recent novel was inspired by the discovery of a portrait of her family in the Frankfurt ghetto.  In this illustrated talk she shows how she transforms historical research into immersive fiction.   House of Gold begins in Vienna in 1911. It tells the story of the Goldbaums.   Such is their … Continue reading House of Gold — An evening with Natasha Solomons

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