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November 2019

Sunderland’s Unsung Heroes

November 14, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, Burdon Road
Sunderland, Tyne and Wear SR1 1PP United Kingdom
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Blue plaques are one of the UK’s most effective means of celebrating its history. Sunderland has approximately 78 commemorative blue plaques which mark buildings, places of interest or influential people with connections to the city. In this session, Sarah Hellawell will discuss her research on Sunderland’s first female MP, Dr Marion Phillips, who represented Sunderland in the 1920s and 1930s and who has recently been commemorated by the unveiling of a blue plaque. This interactive session will invite you to…

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The Aquatic City’s Well of Ideas

November 14, 3:00 pm - November 23, 6:00 pm

Inspired by the Poet’s Box shops in which Dundonians once performed and printed their latest creations, this festival-long shopping centre hub will celebrate the city’s aquatic heritage through hands-on workshops, dramatic performances, film and visual art, and more. Get your hands inky with Pathfoot Press and their hand-operated letterpress. Watch some of Dundee’s most talented 'zinesters' hard at work. Explore ideas of place, environment, and climate change in writing workshops. Or join in making poems from found texts, and take…

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The ‘Softboiled’ Heroine

November 14, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Margate Bookshop, 2 Market Place
Margate, Kent CT9 IER United Kingdom
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Fed up with women being typecast as either evil femmes fatales or housetrained ingenues in traditional crime fiction? If so, come along to Margate Bookshop to learn more about Elizabeth Sanxay Holding’s The Blank Wall, a pioneering text in the tradition of domestic noir. Learn and discuss how this 1947 novel, recently republished, changed the role of women in traditional crime fiction.

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Inherited Secrets

November 14, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Modern Art Oxford, 30 Pembroke Street
Oxford, OX1 1BP United Kingdom
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Advances in science mean that we can now discover a range of potentially life-changing facts about our DNA. Would you want to know your chances of getting various diseases in later life? How certain should this information be before you're told? Would this knowledge affect your life choices, or whether you inform your family? In this event, hosted by Vivienne Parry, three experts will discuss these complex ethical issues. Join them in exploring how such scientific advances can have immense…

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The Placeless Condition

November 14, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace
London, London SW1Y 5AH United Kingdom
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£3 – £5

Join Professor Lyndsey Stonebridge and Dr Jean McNeil as they discuss how the placelessness of our recent history resonates today. Not a day goes by without reference to refugees and migration, yet the deep imaginative history of modern placelessness is often overlooked. In her new book, Placeless People: Writing, Rights, and Refugees, Lyndsey Stonebridge (University of Birmingham) describes how the human condition became the 'placeless condition' for writers and thinkers in the middle of the 20th century, from Paris to…

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Brushes with Recovery

November 14, 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, University of Lincoln, Rope Walk
Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN6 7DQ United Kingdom
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Explore the journey leading to exhibitions of artwork by members of a substance abuse recovery charity through this illustrated talk, and discover the impact of artistic mentoring on people recovering from substance abuse in Lincolnshire. Each year students and staff from the University of Lincoln’s Fine Art department work with Addaction (a leading drug, alcohol and mental health charity) on a unique undergraduate module. Students mentor Addaction service users in the creation of artwork for public exhibition, and 'Brushes with…

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Your Robot Doctor Will See You Now

November 14, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Summerhall, 1 Summerhall
Edinburgh, Scotland EH9 1PL United Kingdom
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Artificial Intelligence can be applied to almost any field in medicine, and its potential contributions to biomedical research and delivery of healthcare seem limitless. AI has the capacity to make healthcare more efficient and patient-friendly; speed up and reduce errors in diagnosis; help patients manage symptoms or cope with chronic illness; and help avoid human bias and error. The use of AI in healthcare will require the development of new technologies to support human-AI interaction. Understanding human-AI relationships and the…

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Calling Time On Gender-Based Violence

November 14, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 1JF United Kingdom
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This panel discussion will explore the roots of gender-based violence across the world, including investigations into sexual exploitation and abuse by UN peacekeepers; identity, sexuality and caste in Indian and UK South-Asian communities; domestic violence across Europe; and transphobic responses to the 2009 play The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven in Brazil and the UK. Speaking at this event will be Jo Clifford, the first openly trans playwright to have a play running in London’s West End; Nicola Dahrendorf…

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Coffee and Sedition

November 15, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Cole Cafe and Deli, Side Cottage, St George's Terrace
Sunderland, Tyne and Wear SR6 9LX United Kingdom
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When coffee was introduced in early modern England, it was accompanied by the rise of a social place dedicated to its consumption: the coffeehouse. Coffeehouses grew in importance in the 17th century as places of exchange and discussion amongst people of all ranks. These discussions were often seen as dangerous and seditious to the normal order in a century of repeated political crisis. In London, they flourished. In Sunderland, we know of one coffee house being licensed in the 1680’s…

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For the Benefit of Kitty Clive

November 15, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square
London, London WC1N 1AZ United Kingdom
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Clive was a top London stage star, renowned in theatre, opera and musical comedy. Music historian Berta Joncus (Goldsmiths, University of London) shares research from her new book which reveals Clive’s incredible journey from humble beginnings to stardom, and how, as a campaigner and role model, she created lasting transformations in the world of Georgian show business.

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Beauty School Drop In

November 16, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
One Colchester Hub, 81 Culver Street East
Colchester, Essex CO1 1LF United Kingdom
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Visit this historical beauty salon and discover how women have used hair and make-up to express themselves from the 1950s to now. The salon will highlight changes to women’s lives, celebrate the diversity of women’s health experiences and investigate ideas around femininity. At the event you can join craftivist activities and hear short talks on the histories of tanning and men’s changing hair styles. It is also a time for you to tell stories about the role beauty plays in…

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Discovering Caribbean Family Memories

November 16, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Archives+, Manchester Central Library, St Peters Square
Manchester, North West M2 5PD United Kingdom
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Manchester is home to a vibrant and diverse Caribbean community and during this workshop you can discover and become the keeper of your Caribbean family memories. Family histories are not just personal histories, instead they have wider significance for our understanding of the places and communities in which we live. This event will question how the stories we tell, and the memories that we preserve from one generation to the next, have the power to change our way of seeing…

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Discoveries and Secrets: Egyptian Archaeology

November 16, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 1JF United Kingdom
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Join a panel of speakers as they discuss Scottish contributions to archaeology in Egypt, including new research on pioneering excavator Alexander Henry Rhind, exciting discoveries made during the museum's review of Egyptian collections across Scotland, and current excavation work in Egypt.

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Windrush Voices

November 16, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Main Hall, Deptford Lounge, 9 Giffin St
Deptford, London SE8 4RJ United Kingdom
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In collaboration with Guyana SPEAKS, this event brings together performers, intellectuals and memoirists from across the generations of the UK's Caribbean community. The afternoon will include Guyanese elder Joyce Trotman in conversation with BBC journalist Lainy Malkani, a spoken-word performance by the acclaimed Mr Gee, and a meditation on the contributions of the Windrush to British society by Prof William ‘Lez’ Henry (formerly Lezlee Lyrics). Bringing these individuals together will create an afternoon of entertainment and vibrant discussion on the…

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Hardboiled on the Big Screen

November 16, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Margate Museum, Market Square
Margate, Kent CT9 1EN United Kingdom
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How does classic Hollywood cinema represent the mother who will go to any length to defend her family? And are literary heroines domesticated on the big screen? Find out in this screening and discussion of The Reckless Moment, the film adaptation of 1940s noir novel The Blank Wall. The screening will be accompanied by discussion with Persephone Books of how Hollywood’s representation of mothers and heroines deviates from their literary counterparts.

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At Home I Speak

November 17, 3:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd
London, E1 6LA United Kingdom
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Over 300 languages are spoken by London’s children, yet language learning in schools is in decline, and the new Prime Minister is concerned that ‘English is not spoken by some people as their first language’. Following an arts residency at Gearies Primary School in Redbridge, where the students speak over 45 languages, playwright Neela Doležalová and composer Richard Melkonian have created a new play that explores multilingualism in contemporary Britain. Based on recordings with students, teachers and families, At Home…

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Gay Sex and the Disappearing City

November 17, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Glory, 281 Kingsland Road
London, E2 8AS United Kingdom
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'Gay Sex and the Disappearing City' is a performance of two readers and viola da gamba that explores the ways in which our cities have provided queer folk spaces to explore sex, intimacy and belonging. Covering a wide range of topics that impact the LGBTQ+ community, it will also look at opportunities for political organising, and how gentrification, increasing living costs, and property speculation are endangering those spaces and, consequently, limiting our opportunities to experiment with queer forms of sociability…

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When the Cows Came Home

November 18, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The Maltings, Berwick upon Tweed, Eastern Lane
Berwick-upon-Tweed, Borders TD15 1AJ United Kingdom
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Cattle and sheep were once a common sight and sound in country lanes and market towns. When, where and how do you remember them? As part of childhood or of working life? As a source of livelihood or food? As dangerous or friendly beasts? From far away or close enough to touch? Do any particular animals stand out? Whatever your perspective, come and share your experiences for an afternoon of listening and discussion. This event is organised by the history…

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Humanising Medicine

November 19, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Barts Pathology Museum, 24 W Smithfield,
London, London EC1A 7BE United Kingdom
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Come along to an evening of art and storytelling at the unique Bart’s Pathology Museum in celebration of the humanity and artistry at the core of medicine. There will be an exhibition of art depicting the lived experiences of people involved in all aspects of healthcare. You will also hear the personal stories of health, illness and care from doctors, nurses, students and patients. Join the event that is putting the heart and soul back into medicine. This event is…

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Discovery Ceilidh

November 19, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 1SR United Kingdom
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Traditional culture can bring people together or create barriers. Following the theme of 'Discovering Home – Scotland, Europe, World', this ceilidh (traditional gathering) will see opportunities for visitors to experience and co-create through music, story, poetry, dance and seasonal customs, in an ambience of ‘radical hospitality’ and inclusion; bridging divides between cultures, mentalities and research disciplines. Expect to be surprised, and get involved, in an evening of entertainment and exploration! Hosted by Heriot-Watt University's Intercultural Research Centre, the event will draw…

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