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Series: Jonathan Swift at 350: Lost and Found

The world’s greatest satirist, Jonathan Swift, turns 350 years old in November 2017. Lost in a series of fantastical places, the narrator of his most famous work, Gulliver’s Travels, enthrals everyone he meets with his adeptness in lying (‘the thing which is not’) — that is, storytelling. Through a series of hands-on activities and immersive events centred on ‘tall tales’ in the City of Discovery, Jonathan Swift at 350: Lost and Found engages with the extraordinary legacy of a man who found wondrous and shocking perspectives on being human.

 

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Series: Languages Lost and Found

Forming part of the annual Being Human’ Festival, which showcases the interdisciplinary relevance of the humanities, the ‘Languages Lost & Found’ events on Saturday, 18th November, aim to make visible the often hidden richness and diversity of languages and cultures in Scottish society through community-led workshops and demonstrations.

 

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Upcoming Events

November 2017

Gulliver’s Worlds

November 4
Dundee Science Centre, Greenmarket
Dundee, Scotland DD1 4QB United Kingdom
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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a giant? Would you like to know what it would be like to become microscopic? Explore lots of exciting and different ways to view the world and the environments around us. Featuring special guests. Suitable for all ages. This event is a preview of the University of Dundee's Being Human hub series Swift at 350: lost and found'. No need to book in advance. There is a small charge payable…

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Exploring learning Gaelic: Oban (film screenings)

November 17, 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 11:00am, repeating until 19 November, 2017

The Rockfield Centre, Stevenson Street, Oban, Argyll PA34 5NA United Kingdom + Google Map

Film screenings This event will feature two new short films on rotation, which tell stories about the un-seen aspects of languages - the anxieties, emotions and challenges involved in finding the right place and group of people that are required to learn Gaelic in Scotland today. Gaelic Journeys is a new 15 minute film by Deirdre MacKenna exploring what it feels like to learn and speak Gaelic in Scotland today. This will be screened along with the film Growing up with…

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‘Gulliver’s Travels’: lost and found

November 18 - November 24
Central Library, Wellgate Shopping Centre
Dundee, Scotland DD1 1DB United Kingdom
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Dundee Central Library will have a special exhibition of rare and unusual copies of Gulliver's Travels, including beautifully illustrated French translations, Doctor Who spin-offs, and quirky abridgements by famous authors such as Enid Blyton. Alongside the exhibition there will be various family friendly activities, including read-along sessions and a "drop-in pop-up book surgery" where you can make pop-up versions of your favourite novels! In association with Leisure & Culture Dundee. No booking required This event is part of the series…

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Languages lost and found: Dundee

November 18, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Dundee Central Library, The Wellgate , Dundee, DD1 1 DB United Kingdom + Google Map

This event will make visible the often hidden richness and diversity of languages through an amazing display of books in different languages  for readers of all ages. The event series is organised by the University Council for Modern Languages Scotland with support from Scotland's National Centre for Languages and British Council Scotland. No booking required This event is part of the series Languages lost and found. For event information, please contact Marion Sporing at m.m.g.sporing@dundee.ac.uk

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Language and culture taster: Dundee

November 18, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Boomerang Community Centre, 10 Kemback Street, Dundee, Angus, DD4 6ET10 Kemback Street, Dundee, Angus, DD4 6ET United Kingdom + Google Map

Join these language and culture taster sessions exploring the hidden richness and diversity of languages and cultures in Scotland. The event series is organised by the University Council for Modern Languages Scotland with support from Scotland's National Centre for Languages and British Council Scotland. No booking required This event is part of the series Languages lost and found. For event information, please contact Marion Sporing at m.m.g.sporing@dundee.ac.uk

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Highland multicultural friends: Inverness

November 18, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
James Cameron Community Centre, 14 Limetree Ave, Inverness, IV3 5RH United Kingdom + Google Map

This event includes a number of activities involving a range of community languages: pick and choose, have a go, or just watch, listen and learn. Most importantly, have fun! Calligraphy, bi-trilingual stories, personal stories of mother tongue memories, children teaching and coaching parents in English fluency, ways of juggling two or more languages in the home, areas of significance for language use, jokes that work in one language more than another, rhymes and language games The event series is organised…

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Modern languages taster: Glasgow

November 18, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Pollokshields Primary School, 241 Albert Drive, Glasgow, G41 2 NA United Kingdom + Google Map

Join these language taster sessions and have a go at learning a new tongue. Open to all ages and abilities. Good for the brain - good for the banter! The event series is organised by the University Council for Modern Languages Scotland with support from Scotland's National Centre for Languages and British Council Scotland. No booking required This event is part of the series Languages lost and found. For event information, please contact Marion Sporing at m.m.g.sporing@dundee.ac.uk

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German taster: Glasgow

November 18, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Goethe-Institut, 3 Park Circus, Glasgow, G3 6AX United Kingdom + Google Map

Join this language taster session and have a go at learning German. Open to all ages and abilities. – Good for the brain- good for the banter! The event series is organised by the University Council for Modern Languages Scotland with support from Scotland's National Centre for Languages and British Council Scotland. No booking required This event is part of the series Languages lost and found. For event information, please contact Marion Sporing at m.m.g.sporing@dundee.ac.uk

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Languages lost and found festival: Falkirk

November 18, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Falkirk Steeple, 100 High Street, Falkirk FK1 1NW United Kingdom + Google Map

A series of workshops for Gaelic and Scots of all ages. Expect performances from local groups, a  treasure hunt highlighting links between languages, and the history of Falkirk’s twinning with Créteil in France and the Odenwald in Germany. The event series is organised by the University Council for Modern Languages Scotland with support from Scotland's National Centre for Languages and British Council Scotland. No booking required This event is part of the series Languages lost and found. For event information,…

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Exploring learning Gaelic: Oban (film screenings)

November 18, 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every day that begins at 11:00am, repeating until 19 November, 2017

The Rockfield Centre, Stevenson Street, Oban, Argyll PA34 5NA United Kingdom + Google Map

Film screenings This event will feature two new short films on rotation, which tell stories about the un-seen aspects of languages - the anxieties, emotions and challenges involved in finding the right place and group of people that are required to learn Gaelic in Scotland today. Gaelic Journeys is a new 15 minute film by Deirdre MacKenna exploring what it feels like to learn and speak Gaelic in Scotland today. This will be screened along with the film Growing up with…

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Exploring learning Gaelic: Oban (discussion)

November 18, 2:00 pm
The Rockfield Centre, Stevenson Street, Oban, Argyll PA34 5NA United Kingdom + Google Map

The event will be introduced by Bernadette O’Rourke (Heriot Watt University) with Wilson McLeod, Edinburgh University and will be an opportunity for people to share their stories about how they've gone about learning Gaelic - we'd like to hear about your experiences so please join us in a lively discussion woven between both Gaelic and English languages! This discussion relates to film screenings taking place on Friday 17 November-Sunday 19 November 11:00am-7:00pm This series is organised by the University Council…

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Gulliver! A fantastical pantomime

November 18, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Chaplaincy, Cross Row
Dundee, Scotland DD1 5HG United Kingdom
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Free 99 spots left

Written and performed by the Playing Small Parts theatre company, this highly irreverent and topical retelling of Gulliver's Travels is a fantastical feast for adults and children of all ages. Who will Gulliver meet on his wondrous voyages around the world? You decide! This event is part of the series Jonathan Swift at 350: lost and found. For event information, please contact Daniel Cook at d.p.cook@dundee.ac.uk.

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Exploring learning Gaelic: Oban (film screenings)

November 19, 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every day that begins at 11:00am, repeating until 19 November, 2017

The Rockfield Centre, Stevenson Street, Oban, Argyll PA34 5NA United Kingdom + Google Map

Film screenings This event will feature two new short films on rotation, which tell stories about the un-seen aspects of languages - the anxieties, emotions and challenges involved in finding the right place and group of people that are required to learn Gaelic in Scotland today. Gaelic Journeys is a new 15 minute film by Deirdre MacKenna exploring what it feels like to learn and speak Gaelic in Scotland today. This will be screened along with the film Growing up with…

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‘The 3 Worlds of Gulliver’

November 19, 11:30 am - 2:40 pm
Dundee Contemporary Arts, 152 Nethergate
Dundee, Scotland DD1 4DY United Kingdom
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Free 100 spots left

Come along to an illustrated talk on the history of 'trick shots' in the cinema, and a screening of the 1960 film The 3 Worlds of Gulliver - back on the big screen, where it belongs. Ray Harryhausen's stunning visual effects and Bernard Herrmann's rousing score brings Jonathan Swift's satirical work to life in an unforgettable adaptation. Directed by Jack Sher, and starring Kerwin Mathews as the titular character, June Thorburn as his fiancée Elizabeth, and child actor Sherry Alberoni…

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The imaginarium

November 22, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Dalhousie Building, 75 Old Hawkhill
Dundee, Scotland DD1 5EN United Kingdom
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Free 350 spots left

Come along to a unique expo of outrageous thought experiments inspired by Jonathan Swift's fantastical mock-academy at Lagado. What is the Google brain doing to our imagination? Are lie detectors always honest? Includes talks by Dame Sue Black and other leading experts in the arts and sciences, as well as 'pop-up' activities and performances for the whole family, such as the use of a mini green-screen film studio! This event is part of the series Jonathan Swift at 350: lost…

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Telling tall tales

November 22, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Dalhousie Building, 75 Old Hawkhill
Dundee, Scotland DD1 5EN United Kingdom
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Free 90 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. This event is part…

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Swift at 350: the graphic anthology

November 25, 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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Free 100 spots left

Come along to the book launch of Swift at 350: The Graphic Anthology, featuring the work of local artists and competition winners. Meet the artists and learn more about the process of bringing ideas to life in the comics form. Drinks and nibbles provided. Details about the competitions, which will run during the festival, will be available on the Dundee Comics Creative Space website. This event is part of the series Jonathan Swift at 350: lost and found. For event…

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