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For Members

Quiz Night

with Mike Smith
Chapters Restaurant

Wed, 27 Feb 19

£5.50 per person. Members may bring non-member friends to this event.

Enjoy a challenging evening. Make up a team of 4 or come on your own and join others on the night.
Book early to secure your place.

Wine and nibbles included.

Building the Millennium Tower

Horry Parsons
Chapters Restaurant

Wed, 13 Mar 19
19.00 -20.30

Tickets £4. Members may bring non-member guests to this event.

The building of Bury St Edmunds cathedral tower was completed in 2005, part of the Millennium Project.
Come and hear the story of its construction ‘aided’ by the Prince of Wales. It was crowned by a magnificent vaulted ceiling in 2009

The Story of Ipswich Theatres and Cinemas

Eric Thorndyke
Birkbeck Room

Tue, 19 Mar 19
14.00 - 15.00

£4. Members may bring non-member guests to this event.

The story of Ipswich Theatres and Cinemas through the ages, there have been more than you think!! From the days of the Hippodrome through to The Empire in the Buttermarket.
A social history of entertainment.

The Realm of the Polar Bear

Chris Parfitt
Chapters Restaurant

Wed, 20 Mar 19
19.00 - 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.

For All

Lame Deer and The Green Frog Skins

Anthony Wooding

Birkbeck Room

Thu, 21 Feb 19
14.00 - 15.00

Tickets £4.

An illustrated talk on John (Fire) Lame Deer, a Native American philosopher whose teaching contributed to an understanding of the creation and meaning of symbols. Anthony will tell the story of the ‘Green Frog Skins’ - dollar bills which were the wages of American Soldiers killed at the Battle of Little Big Horn and will touch upon how the last successful hunter-gatherer society and its destruction, has ever more relevance to how we are living today. 

Suffolk Book League - Author's Talk

Zoe Gilbert

Reading Room

Thu, 21 Feb 19

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

Zoe Gilbert is a fiction writer based in London. In 2014 she won the Costa Short Story Award. Her work has appeared in many anthologies and journals. Her debut novel Folk was published in hardback by Bloomsbury in February 2018, the paperback version will be published on the 7th February 2019. Zoe lives in South London, where the local woods, both real and ghostly, are inspiring her next novel.
Zoe is also working on a Phd in Fiction and Creative Writing, focusing on the influence of folk tales on contemporary short stories. She teaches creative writing at London Lit Lab and for other organisations including the British Library, Arvon Foundation and Mslexia, and is an associate editor at The Word Factory.

Watercolour Workshop 3 - Extensions

Steve Joyce

Birkbeck Room

Sat, 23 Feb 19
9.30 - 15.30

Tickets (including lunch) £26 (members) £31 (non-members)

The techniques explored in this session exploit the properties of additives and other media enhancements, which create distinctive effects as they modify the media and the image. You will extend the media and your knowledge as you learn how to apply, modify and manipulate the watercolour to create images with different characteristics. Demonstrations and prepared examples will introduce the methods and media and open tasks will help you focus on and explore your own interests.
No previous experience is necessary, and for those with some experience, it will be a comprehensive exploration of key agitation techniques to build on what you already know.

Paul Robeson: Life and Work

Dr Stephen Palmer

Birkbeck Room

Sat, 02 Mar 19
9.30 - 12.30

£8 (Member) or £10 (Non-member)
includes tea/coffee

Regarded by some as one of the most significant figures of the 20th century, Robeson is also seen as unjustly neglected. Robeson first came to prominence as a hugely successful athlete, one of the first nationally feted black American football players. After a short period practising as a lawyer in New York – giving this up when he realised that he would never be treated on an equal footing with his white counterparts – Robeson embarked on a career as a singer of spirituals and actor, quickly becoming internationally renowned. However he became increasingly politically conscious and found himself in the Macarthyite period persecuted and unable to travel outside of the US. The strain led to a serious breakdown in health and his last years were spent in relative obscurity.

This workshop will look at some of the key moments in the life and work of this extraordinary figure, and will feature renditions of a selection of his songs, performed by the speaker with a live accompanist.

Suffolk Book League Author's Talk

Linda Davies

Reading Room

Wed, 13 Mar 19

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

Linda Davies has been an investment banker, has lived in Peru and the Middle East and was kidnapped in Iran. Her fiction for adults includes Nest of Vipers, Wilderness of Mirrors, Into The Fire, Something Wild and Final Settlement. Her books for young adults include the Djinn series of four novels.