The latest news from the Ipswich Institute

Summer Term Programme

The new programme of courses and events for the Summer Term will be published Tuesday 26th March.

To make sure of your copy send us an email asking to go on our distribution list.

posted Wed, 20 Mar 19

New Angle Prize 2019

The six books shortlisted for the £2,000 New Angle Prize will be announced on BBC Radio Suffolk on Monday 25th March at about 1.30pm. Why not tune in to Lesley Dolphin's show and be first to hear?

The New Angle Prize page via the tab above will be updated following the announcement.

posted Mon, 25 Feb 19


Below are a selection of up-coming events, click here to see more

The Realm of the Polar Bear

Chris Parfitt
Chapters Restaurant

Wed, 20 Mar 1919.00 - 20.30

£15 (includes themed meal). Members may bring non-member guests to this event.

Another entertaining evening with our favourite traveller/speaker and themed meal.
An exploration by sea of the Norwegian islands of Svalbard which are 700 miles from the North Pole. We shall see something of their history and look at seabirds, wildflowers and mammals including, of course, the polar bears!

Menu available on request.

Members Only
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Carmen (or how the French, and others, invented Spain)

Catherine Dell
Birkbeck Room, 15 Tavern Street

Sat, 30 Mar 199.30 am - 3.30 pm

Ticket (incl morning coffee and lunch): Member £21,Non-member £26

Spain was never part of the Grand Tour: its inns were primitive, roads rough, bandits real, food unappetising…But if mainstream travellers bypassed the peninsula, there were others – ranging from bible-peddling George Borrow to French poet Théophile Gautier – who found the lure of Spain’s unfamiliarity irresistible.
This study day, focusing on the 19th century, introduces some of these pioneer visitors, examines their experiences, and then explores how the illusion they created of ‘romantic’ Spain influenced contemporary art and music. Music which, of course, includes that supreme example of Spanish myth-making, Carmen.

Public Event

Suffolk Book League: Author's Talk

Melissa Harrison
Reading Room

Thu, 04 Apr 1919.30

Tickets from Suffolk Book League (£8, or £4 for SBL members) or may be bought on the door.

Melissa Harrison’s third novel, All Among The Barley, was published to critical acclaim in 2018. Her second, At Hawthorn Time, was shortlisted for the Costa Novel of the Year award, longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and was book a Book of the Year in The Telegraph. Her first novel, Clay (2013), won the Portsmouth First Fiction award.

Public Event


Courses for All

Our Evening Learning Programme of courses is open to the public, with discounted fees available to Institute members.

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Members' Courses

Over fifty daytime courses are available to those who pay an annual Institute membership subscription.

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