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For Members

A Christmas Carol - the writing of a classic Christmas story

Mark Mitchels
Reading Room

Tue, 11 Dec 18
15.00 - 16.30

Event fully booked

A Christmas Carol is one of the most popular and well known books written by Charles Dickens. He wrote it in 1843 and within days it was a best seller. Where did he get the ideas and how was Christmas celebrated at this time? The story of Scrooge and his clerk Bob Cratchit is about rich and poor in London and Dickens was concerned to show how dangerous it was for society to ignore those who struggled to survive.
This talk includes extracts from this wonderful classic.

Burns Night

Chapters Resaurant

Wed, 23 Jan 19

£19 per person

Enjoy a two course meal of traditional haggis (veggie option available), neeps and tatties, piping and addressing the haggis, plus dessert and a ‘wee dram’ for the toast.
Traditional music and verse to round off the evening.

A very popular evening so book early to avoid disappointment.

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.

For All

Suffolk Book League Author's Talk

Charlotte Peacock

Reading Room

Wed, 05 Dec 18

Tickets £8 (£4 for SBL members) available on the door.

Charlotte Peacock is a writer, photographer and poet. Her first book Into the Mountain, a Life of Nan Shepherd, is an intriguing biography of one of North East Scotland's best known literati; an intensively private woman of whom Charlotte Peacock has unravelled the mysteries, explored the rumours and created a window into the life of the extraordinary writer.

More Experimental Mixed Media 6 - Integrating Surfaces

Steve Joyce

Birkbeck Room

Sat, 26 Jan 19
9.30am - 15.30pm

Cost (including lunch) £28.00 Member, £33.00 Non-member.

This session will explore the process of integration and refinement of media as they build up on varied surfaces and prepared grounds with an emphasis on the effects of the under-layers. Learn how to refine and enhance your skills, and how to exploit the potential limitations of all kinds of art materials as they interact and react with each other. Demonstrations and open tasks will help you explore your own picture making.
Suitable for all ability levels – these workshops introduce new methods each time so you can start at any point or build on previous experience.

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.

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

Catherine Dell

Birkbeck Room, 15 Tavern Street

Sat, 30 Mar 19
9.30 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.