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November 2019

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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Music and the ‘Hypnerotomachia Poliphili’

November 21, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Humanities Research Institute, 34 Gell Street
Sheffield, England S3 7QY United Kingdom
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This lunch time talk by Dr Tim Shephard will explore the music in the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, a 1499 romance story published in Venice and renowned for its beautiful woodcut illustrations. Discover the volume’s origins and its intimate connection with the music of that time. This event is part of the 'Myth, Dream, Love' hub series organised by The University of Sheffield.

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Finding their Voices in the City

November 21, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
National Records of Scotland, Lord Clerk Register room, General Register House 2 Princes Street
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 3YY United Kingdom
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Using sources from archives and collections to locate communities in their historical place(s), this workshop traces creative networks in the city, finding links with contemporary creativity and place identity. This event is part of the 'Streaming New Voices' series by Heriot-Watt University.

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Discovering Emigrant Children

November 21, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Manchester Police Museum, 57A Newton St
Manchester, Manchester M1 1ET United Kingdom
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This event offers the unique chance to learn about the 90,000 orphaned British children who forcibly emigrated from the North-West of the UK to Canada between the 1860s and 1920s, as part of a wider scheme to deal with ‘problem’ or destitute children. The North West area of the UK faced particularly acute problems of poverty and deprivation at this time, which placed extreme pressures on the region and the problem of destitute children fell on local charities. In Manchester,…

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Crossing Borders with Books

November 21, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Holborn Library, 32-38 Theobalds Rd
London, WC1X 8PA United Kingdom
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This event will offer a chance to talk about poetry translation with experts in the field – publishers, editors, academics and published translators. The line-up includes Clare Pollard, acclaimed poet and Editor of the magazine Modern Poetry in Translation, Tony Frazer, Editor & Publisher at Shearsman Books Ltd, who is regarded by many as “the poets' champion”, and Prof. Timothy Mathews, Emeritus Professor of French and Comparative Criticism (UCL), author of several important works in the field. All three speakers…

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Photography After Capitalism

November 21, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Gardner Centre Road
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 9RA United Kingdom
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Ever wondered what the world after capitalism is going to look like? Join co-founder and CEO of the 'Institute for Disruptive Image Economies' - a semi-fictional start up specialising in ‘the creative production, efficient circulation and critical consumption of post-capitalist photography’ – as they try to persuade an audience of potential investors to part with their cash and bring an end to neoliberalism. Combining 'Ted Talk' evangelism and the excitement of 'Dragon’s Den' - expect a playful introduction to the…

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Surgical Speed-Meet

November 21, 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Science and Industry Museum, Liverpool Road
Manchester, M3 4FP United Kingdom
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Anxiety, joy, grief, fear, curiosity. How does it feel to practise surgery? At this interactive 'Surgical Speed-Meet' you can chat to surgeons about the place of emotions in their work. The aim is to demystify surgery and open up 1:1 conversations between the public and practitioners about the range of emotions involved in surgical care. This informal evening event will follow a 'speed-dating' format, with attendees spending a few minutes speaking to each surgeon. At the end of the event,…

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Lasting Marks?

November 21, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Curzon Cinema, Goldsmiths, University of London, Lewisham Way
London, New Cross SE14 6NW United Kingdom
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Learn about the history of police secrecy and investigation, and how it is documented through the lens of film, at this screening of Lasting Marks (2018) and Evidence of the Evidence (2018) at Curzon Goldsmiths. Excitingly, the award-winning film maker Charlie Lyne, the director of Lasting Marks, will be present to talk about the process of archival discovery in film making. And afterwards an expert panel will address police secrecy and investigation, how it is mediated, documented and remembered, and what…

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‘Water Worlds’ Comic Book Launch

November 21, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dundee Comics Creative Space, Unit 7, The Vision Building
Dundee, Scotland DD1 4QB United Kingdom
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Join us in the new Dundee Comics Creative Space for the launch of the latest comic book produced during this year's festival, comprising the artworks of local artists and competition winners. Sea monsters, sailors, selkies, and more - the sea is truly a site of terrors and wonders! Professor Chris Murray will open with a quick illustrated talk on a history of water-world comics such as Aquaman. Then certificates and complementary comics will be presented to competition winners. An exhibition…

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Dreaming in Renaissance Italy

November 21, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Kelham Island Museum, Alma Street
Sheffield, South Yorkshire S3 8RY United Kingdom
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Discover the meaning of dreams in the Renaissance. Dr Erin Maglaque, Lecturer in Early Modern European History, will explore the meanings of dreams in the Renaissance: from dream literature, to daydreamers, to the importance of dreams in everyday life. Otis Mensah, Poet Laureate of Sheffield, will then perform a poem taking themes from Dr Maglaque’s research. This event is part of the 'Myth, Dream, Love' hub series organised by The University of Sheffield.

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21st Century Body

November 21, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston Campus
Birmingham, West Midlands B15 2TT United Kingdom
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Join author and TV broadcaster Alice Roberts (Professor of Public Engagement in Science) as she debates evolving beauty demands and body ownership with an interdisciplinary panel of fellow University of Birmingham researchers. From ever-changing beauty ideals to increasingly complex questions about the property rights of human bio-materials, '21st Century Body' offers a participatory, thought-provoking ride through contemporary ethical and moral questions relevant to us all. Alice will be joined by: Professor Heather Widdows (Philosophy): Drawing on her recent book, Perfect…

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Discovering Lost Children after World War II

November 21, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Wiener Library, 29 Russell Square, Bloomsbury
London, C1B 5DP United Kingdom
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This unique event combines performance, archival records and talks to delve into some of the most complex and emotionally compelling secrets of the war. After the Second World War, many non-German children were unaccompanied in Germany. The Allies’ fledgling tracing service tried to locate and, if possible, repatriate them. This event combines a 1950 BBC radio play about the child searchers with a guide to the latter’s now digitised archive, including a demonstration on how to search it.

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What’s the Point of Diversity?

November 21, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Senate House, Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, Bloomsbury
London, WC1E 7HU United Kingdom
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Diversity has become a divisive issue in today's society. In this debate philosophers at the front line will be picking at its complexities and difficulties. What are the different forms of diversity? Why do they matter? Should we be promoting or managing diversity? Should we even be reducing it in the name of greater cohesion? For this year’s Royal institute of Philosophy debate the antagonistic for/against format will be abandoned and instead speakers have been invited to have a more…

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Animal Magic: A MERL Late

November 21, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Museum of English Rural Life, MERL, University of Reading, Redlands Road
Reading, Berkshire, Southern England RG1 5EX United Kingdom
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In this late night extravaganza especially for the Being Human festival, find out more about our animal friends and what they say about us as people. Researchers from the University of Reading and beyond will host interactive workshops with the MERL's collections. Expect live music, craft activities, silent disco and cocktail bar from Milk. Please note this event is suitable for ages 18+ only.

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Pop and Politics at PCL

November 22, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
‘Soho Poly’ basement, Meet: 4–12 Little Titchfield Street
London, W1W 7BY United Kingdom
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'Pop and Politics at PCL' is a specially curated event celebrating the relationship between Pop and Politics at the Polytechnic of Central London (PCL). PCL was the name between 1970 and 1992 of what is now the University of Westminster. The event includes a talk, musical performance and a small exhibition, and takes place on the anniversary of the day that Pete Shelley (buzzcocks) turned up unannounced to play an acoustic set for students who had occupied our Regent Street…

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Childhood Curtailed

November 22, 10:00 am - November 23, 3:00 pm
Ground Lab, Portland Street
Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN5 7LB
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In 2018 13.9% of global migrants were under the age of 18, many travelling alone and many experiencing detention in prisons and camps. In this event, which will include an exhibition and a series of film screenings, talks and workshops, researchers will show and discuss films made by children, and images produced by professional photographers and filmmakers in the last decade of global mobility. Workshops will invite children and young people, families and local community groups to use photography, storytelling…

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Dancing on the Tyne (Schools/Colleges Workshop)

November 22, 1:45 pm - 3:30 pm
The Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Road
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE United Kingdom
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Join us to rediscover Newcastle’s ‘Scottish’ dance tunes, composed by 18th-century dancing master Abraham Mackintosh. Find out why ‘Scottish’ dances became popular and explore how being closer to Edinburgh than London has long shaped Newcastle’s cultural heritage and identity. The workshop will include: - looking at music books from the period - interactive talks with performances of the tunes - participating in recreating the dances This workshop is open to young people in years 7-13 and their teachers. Places are…

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A New Vision of the World

November 22, 2:00 pm - 3:00 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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Come along to this public talk to celebrate Sunderland-born chemist and inventor Joseph Swan, with photographic historian Dr Carol McKay and photographic artist Dr Liza Dracup. Most people know Joseph Swan as the inventor of the incandescent light bulb, but few know he was also a photographic pioneer, an entrepreneur and businessman, with connections far and wide. Come along to celebrate this story in Sunderland, the place where he was born and grew up and where he encountered photography for…

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Dancing on the Tyne (Open Evening)

November 22, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Road
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE United Kingdom
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Rediscover Newcastle’s ‘Scottish’ dance tunes, composed by 18th-century dancing master Abraham Mackintosh. Find out why ‘Scottish’ dances became popular and explore how being closer to Edinburgh than London has long shaped Newcastle’s cultural heritage and identity. Explore the exhibition and listen to short performance-talks to discover the local people and places who inspired Mackintosh’s tunes. Hear the tunes performed and join in some 18th-century dancing! All ages welcome. Drop in any time during the opening hours. The 'Dancing on the…

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Thomas Nashe Lenten Stuff

November 22, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Courtauld Institute of Art,, Kenneth Clarke Lecture Theatre, Somerset House, Strand
London, London WC2R 0RN United Kingdom
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In 1597, the Elizabethan polemical prose writer and contemporary of Shakespeare, Thomas Nashe, fled to Great Yarmouth after a play he co-wrote with, playwright and poet Ben Jonson led to the closure of all London theatres. Anna Brass (British School at Rome's Sainsbury Scholar in Painting and Sculpture 2018-19) was recently commissioned to produce a film representing this difficult period in Nashe’s life. Join Anna and members of the The Thomas Nashe Project team for a screening of the film…

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