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November 2018

The NHS is Born!

November 15 - November 24
South Wales Miners’ Library, Hendrefoilan Avenue
Swansea, Wales SA2 7NB United Kingdom
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This year the pioneering National Health Service turned 70 years old. This exhibition features items from the South Wales Coalfield Collection at the South Wales Miners’ Library and the Richard Burton Archives to provide a glimpse into life in coalfield society before and after the founding of the NHS. It will look at community and occupation health and miners’ medical schemes, regarded as the model for the NHS. The exhibition will include examples of pamphlets published in 1948 to explain the…

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My Family in the Great War

November 15, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Volcano Theatre, 27-29 High St
Swansea, Wales SA1 1LG United Kingdom
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Join Professor Tony Curtis for an illustrated talk on his family in the First World War, including readings from his own work and from classic First World War writers and poets, as well as artwork from Paul Nash, E.H. Shepherd, Frank Brangwyn, Henry Moore and others. He will weave together untold, remarkable stories and some of the most memorable writing and images of the century. 2018 will be a special year of remembrance as the 'war to end all wars'…

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‘To Provide All People’

November 16, 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
Cinema & Co, 17 Castle Street
Swansea, Wales SA1 1JF United Kingdom
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Join Owen Sheers for a conversation about his recent film-poem To Provide All People, written to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS. Charting an emotional and philosophical map of the NHS, To Provide All People tells the story of its founding by Aneurin Bevan against the intimate experiences of NHS staff and patients across 24 hours in its life today. The conversation will be followed by a Q&A and screening of the Vox Pictures/BBC Wales production, featuring an all…

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The End Crowns All

November 17, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Rd
Swansea, Wales SA1 3RD United Kingdom
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Join in this family day of Being Human festival fun on Shakespeare! In this drop-in session discover how Shakespeare’s endings can be performed in a range of fun and different ways in two 30 minute family workshops, introduced by Swansea University’s Dr Eoin Price with performances by Fluellen Theatre Company. Create your own bookmarks, hear stories, and play Shakespeare-inspired matching pairs games! You’ll also have the chance to design 'Shakespeare Windows' with your favourite quotes and words and embark on a…

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The Kings and Civil Rights

November 20, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Swansea Museum, Victoria Rd SA1 1SN
Swansea, Wales SA1 1SN United Kingdom
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Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King, who became a leading campaigner for women’s rights, have become iconic figures of civil rights movements in the US and around the globe. The 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. is a fitting occasion for a reflection on the historical origins and endings of racial segregation in the US. Join Swansea University’s Dr Regina Poertner for an illustrated talk on this fascinating, complex couple, exploring the enduring…

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Edward Thomas and Wales

November 21, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cinema & Co, West Glamorgan House, 17 Castle St
Swansea, Wales SA1 1JF United Kingdom
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On the centenary of the Armistice, Swansea University Honorary Fellow, Jeff Towns, is paying tribute to Edward Thomas, the war poet who lost his life in action in 1917. In this event, Jeff Towns will explore the influences of Welsh culture in Edward Thomas’ poetry and prose, presenting a new and detailed chronology of Thomas’s interactions with Wales. The selected extracts and detailed chronology reveal the depth of Thomas’s knowledge and love of Welsh landscape, literature and folklore, much of it…

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Kamila Shamsie – ‘Home Fire’

November 22, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Great Hall, Bay Campus, Swansea University
Swansea, Wales SA1 8EN United Kingdom
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Over the last 20 years Kamila Shamsie has established herself as one of the most vital and interesting novelists at work today. Her books, often grand in scope yet always emotionally intimate, have captured the minds and hearts of readers across the world. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and winner of this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, join Kamila as she discusses her latest novel, Home Fire with Swansea University’s Professor in Creativity, Owen Sheers. A re-telling…

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Evolution of a Theory: Alfred Russel Wallace

November 23, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Alexandra Road Swansea SA1 5DZ United Kingdom + Google Map
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A day of discovering more about one of Wales' foremost scientists, the pioneering naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913). In the historic Glynn Vivian Gallery, amongst the artifacts gathered from the four corners of the world, you will hear about the life and work of the man who led to the most revolutionary theory of the modern age - the theory of evolution. In the morning there will be a workshop for schoolchildren with the actor Ioan Hefin and some of…

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Once Upon a Time, The End

November 24, 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Taliesin Create, Ground Floor, Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea University, Singleton Park
Swansea, Wales SA2 8PP United Kingdom
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Join Swansea University’s Dr Alan Bilton and Dr Anne Lauppe-Dunbar for a fun, hands-on, family-friendly creative writing workshop! Explore the nuts and bolts of storytelling, icluding how to open up a story and how to close it. Exercises will guide children (aged 8-12) through a quest-adventure, looking at the shape of stories, how to open a door onto a new world, and how to dramatically draw the curtain. These sessions will run between 1:30pm and 2:30pm and 4:30pm and 5:30pm. Suitable…

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Once Upon a Time, Deep in the Forest

November 24, 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea University, Singleton Park
Swansea, SA2 8PZ United Kingdom
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Come along to an afternoon or evening of folktales and magic as Arthur Ransome’s Old Peter’s Russian Tales is brought to life on stage! Meet Old Peter and listen to stories about Baba Yaga, the witch with iron teeth, the little daughter of the snow and a ship that flies. A one-hour performance for the whole family that will warm you up on a cold November day. Also on offer will be a range of fun-filled activities including a scribble…

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