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November 2017

Hungry for words? Let’s talk about food – with men

November 22, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Calling all men! Join a cafe drop-in session to tell your thoughts about food. Talk openly and contribute a few words, sentences or images to a storyboard to encourage a wider conversation and raise awareness of men’s concerns about weight, body shape, diet, exercise, over- or under-eating. This is a drop-in for men of all ages, ethnic groups and backgrounds. Further information for those who want it will be available at the cafe. This event takes place simultaneously in multiple…

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Telling tall tales

November 22, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Dalhousie Building, 75 Old Hawkhill
Dundee, Scotland DD1 5EN United Kingdom
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Free 59 spots left

Our daily lives are filled with fictions large and small. Through a series of fun and frolicsome activities, this highly innovative creative writing workshop will look at the history of telling 'tall tales' before you have a go yourself! Who will you choose to be as you spin your own yarns fit for the social-media generation? Suitable for all, especially ages 8-12. Zero creative writing experience required. Hosted by popular local actor and tutor Eddie Small. Follow the signs to…

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React and reimagine – finding the future in our past: under construction

November 22, 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 4:00pm, repeating until 25 November, 2017

Senate House, Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, Bloomsbury
London, WC1E 7HU United Kingdom
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There are Queer museums in New York and San Francisco and Berlin, virtual Queer histories and collections online… but where is our place within the museum landscape of London and why are our histories hidden in filing cabinets, museum collections and back in our closets? We demand a space for people to experience our queer history in a physical embodiment, to be taken out of the shadows and kept from gathering dust. We need to know where we came from.…

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Hidden tongues and missing sounds

November 22, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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One event on 22 November, 2017 at 4:00pm

Govan Community Project Flat, Flat 1, Block 40 Moss Heights Ave.
Glasgow, G52 2TX United Kingdom
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How is an “r” indifferent in English and Arabic? Can drumming help you learn to speak English better? Why do sounds go missing when people talk fast, and how do listeners find them again? These two workshops (17 and 22 November) will combine music and science in a set of activities ranging from drumming to ultrasound to help immigrants and bilinguals appreciate the complexity and diversity of their various languages, and to help high school students learn how discoveries about…

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Finding lost science in early modern poetry

November 22, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road
London, NW1 2BE United Kingdom
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Come to the Wellcome Library and rediscover how people in the early modern era understood science! You will be able to look at facsimiles and genuine early printed books describing scientific phenomena through poetry and containing remarkable images. In small groups you will be able to get close to the ‘real thing’! We will discuss questions such as why science was conveyed through poetry, what this tells us about the intended audiences, and how these books were produced. As a…

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Your first digital story

November 22, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
National Videogame Arcade, The Mac Suite, National Videogame Arcade, 24-32 Carlton St,
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG1 1NN United Kingdom
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Free 5 spots left

Ever thought about creating and publishing your own digital story? If so, this event, hosted by the National Videogame Arcade, is for you. Participants will take part in a two-hour ‘storyfest’ workshop led by Dr Spencer Jordan, in which you’ll be introduced to the Twine digital platform and taken through the basics of interactive, digital narrative building. You’ll create your own story and then be shown how you can publish it to the web. No skills or knowledge of digital…

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Recovering the past: Egypt and Greece

November 22, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, University College London, Malet Place
London, WC1E 6BT United Kingdom
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Free Sold out

Few ancient cultures have been studied as intensely as ancient Greece or Egypt. But how exactly do we learn about these ancient cultures and their connections? This multimedia event looks at the many ways in which the Graeco-Egyptian past has been recovered. Experts in Classics from UCL explore the recuperation of texts on papyri, the decipherment of hieroglyphs, Freudian theories of Oedipus and Moses, and the representation of priests of Isis on film. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn…

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You’re only as old as you feel

November 22, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Rehearsal Studio Brian Friel Theatre Belfast, 20 University Square
Belfast, BT7 1NN United Kingdom
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Drama Workshop (for ages 50+) using hand-manipulated puppets at the Drama and Film Centre. Explore ageing in these inter-generational drama workshops aimed at teenagers and the over-50s. Use hand-manipulated puppets to explore individual stories of ageing, focusing on how the sense of self can be lost and may need to be re-found as we age. Experiment with the use of puppetry in applied theatre and explore what ageing means to you. This event is also taking place on Friday 24 November…

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Conceiving histories – behind the exhibition

November 22, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square
London, London WC1H 0PD United Kingdom
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Free 34 spots left

This event is run in conjunction with the 'Conceiving histories' exhibition, featuring work by visual artist, Anna Burel, which has emerged from her collaboration with academic and literary historian, Isabel Davis. Come and hear about the making of the work and some of the research behind it. This event will be exploring the curious material history of un-pregnancy, that is of pregnancies feigned, imagined, hidden and difficult to diagnose, and how this history can be re-imagined and materialised to think…

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The botanic sensorium

November 22, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Storyhouse, Hunter Street
Chester, North West England CH1 2AR United Kingdom
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Free 16 spots left

Come and experience Dr John Hope’s botanical teaching sensorium. Find out how people learned about plants using their senses in the late eighteenth-century through the re-enactment of an Enlightenment botanic lecture. Then have a go at sketching botanical specimens, find out why herbariums are important and appreciate the beauty of botanic teaching diagrams.   This event is part of the series Sensing the past. For event information, please contact Clare Hickman at c.hickman@chester.ac.uk.

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Being multilingual, being well

November 22, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
English Faculty, University of Cambridge, 9 West Road
Cambridge, East of England CB3 9DP United Kingdom
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Free 45 spots left

For many of us, life is a journey of finding and losing languages. We may gradually give up a language of our parents because it is not English, or embark on learning a new language. Good communication in families is consistently associated with positive wellbeing in young people – so what happens when more than one language is spoken? At this event, explore emerging research on the connections between multilingualism and wellbeing. There are expert talks as well as an…

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Losing yourself in a book – the ‘Boots Booklovers Library’

November 22, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Five Leaves Bookshop, 14a Long Row
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG1 2DH United Kingdom
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Free 29 spots left

Between 1899 and 1966 Boots the Chemist operated an extensive, national, circulating library, one which was renowned for service and the environment it created for subscribers. Come and find out why Jesse Boot went to the trouble of running such a popular service as a loss leader. This talk will remember the style and elegance of the libraries which were show pieces of contemporary interior design and most importantly the stories of the librarians who worked there. Drawing on archive…

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Buried treasure: the wreck of ‘The London’

November 22, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wolfson Conference Suite, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet Street
London, London WC1E 7HU United Kingdom
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In 1665 The London exploded and sank off Southend, concealing herself for centuries on the estuary bed. Her wreck was found in 2005, revealing a hidden history of early modern life. Join us for an immersive evening, exploring food, drink and ballads from the time of The London. Plunge beneath the waves in a virtual dive of the wreck, and see her glow in digitally mapped projection. Fill a pipe, knot rope and interact with artefacts. Meet the archaeologists bringing…

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A refugee child in London: on W G Sebald’s novel ‘Austerlitz’

November 22, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Grant Zoology Museum, Rockefeller Building, Gower St
London, London WC1E 6DE United Kingdom
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Free 23 spots left

Today images and stories of child refugees, lost and found across Europe and beyond, challenge and haunt us. Come along for a free evening of talks, discussions and a film screening about one such story. The event focuses on one of our century’s greatest novels, W G Sebald’s Austerlitz (2001), about a child who comes to London in 1939 on a Kindertransport from Nazi-occupied Prague, and what happens to him afterwards. This book, entrancing, shocking and enigmatic by turns, recounts…

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Positive in prison: HIV stories from a Dublin jail

November 22, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street
London, WC1E 7HT United Kingdom
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Free 58 spots left

The 1980s HIV/AIDS crisis may be recent history, but the experiences of those who lived through it are rapidly disappearing from the public mind. This event reintroduces one specific collection of experiences, from the HIV/AIDS separation unit in Dublin’s largest prison. Captured through oral histories, these stories are being transformed into a podcast: come and hear the story, and discuss HIV/AIDS past and present with our expert panel (historians Dr Catherine Cox and Dr Janet Weston, Tony Duffin of the…

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Lost and found Shakespeare

November 22, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
De Montfort University, LE1 9BH, De Montfort University
Leicester, LE1 9BH United Kingdom
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Free 79 spots left

In the past 20 years, scholars have discovered that Shakespeare wrote rather more than previously thought. Several of Shakespeare's contributions to others' plays were lost because his name did not appear on their title-pages and have only been recently rediscovered by the application of what is called computational stylistics. This talk will explain just how it is that scholars of literature and theatre are now able to detect Shakespeare's writing within larger works that were either published anonymously (as most plays…

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Seen and not heard: the untold history of homelessness

November 22, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cardboard Citizens, Cardboard Citizens, 77A Greenfield Rd
London, London E1 1EJ United Kingdom
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Join us to take part in a timely conversation about the unheeded history of homelessness. How can we find ways to listen to the voices of those who lack access to housing, sustenance or security? This workshop brings together researchers, activists, actors and artists to ask how the experiences of homeless men and women can shape the way we write the histories of excluded groups. Participants include Cardboard Citizens - leading pioneers of Forum theatre techniques - and the book…

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Lost and found: 20 years since Hong Kong’s return to China

November 22, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
China Exchange, 32A Gerrard Street
London, W1D 6JA United Kingdom
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2017 marks twenty years since Hong Kong’s reunification with mainland China. The 100 years of separation, with Hong Kong under British rule, has been seen as a time where Hong Kong was lost to China and ruled by a foreign power, with reunification a cause for celebration. For others, ‘finding’ China again has thrown up questions over identity and belonging. But how did a Chinese city become part of the British Empire? And what was the impact of reunification on…

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Lost and found through the migrant experience 

November 22, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Autograph ABP, Rivington Place
London, Greater London EC2 3BA United Kingdom
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This event will bring together different voices including former child migrants, artists, film makers and researchers to explore the significance of objects that have been lost or preserved during the migration experience. Through discussion and film screenings, the conversation will explore how objects, such as photo albums, smartphones and personal artefacts, can evoke complex stories of displacement, as well as their representation in exhibitions, film and through social media. Eithne Nightingale, researching child migration to East London from 1930 to the…

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Voices for today

November 22, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Oystermouth Library, 15 Dunns Ln, The Mumbles
Swansea, Wales SA3 4AA United Kingdom
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Is literature the most powerful means we have for recording and exploring lived experience? Can fiction, poetry or memoir capture the tumultuous times we live in? Or is literature merely escapism? Award-winning writers Jasmine Donahaye, Anne Lauppe-Dunbar and Francesca Rhydderch, as well as alumnus Rebecca F. John, read from new work and talk about the challenges facing a writer in times of great political and cultural change. Come along and share the title of a favourite book that has made…

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