MEMBERS EVENTS

Woodbridge Wits

Robert Merrett
Chapters Restaurant

20 Sep 17 19.00 - 20.30

Tickets £3.50
Members may bring non-member guests to this event.

From around 1835, the Woodbridge Wits met to share a passion for paintings, literature and the beauty of the surrounding area, the most famous being Edward FitzGerald, translator of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. His life is the central theme of the illustrated talk.

The Trans-Siberian and Beyond

Roy Laverick
Chapters Restaurant

04 Oct 17 19.00 - 20.30

£3.50. Members may bring non-member guests to this event

A presentation by Roy featuring coverage of a trip on the Trans-Siberian Express, together with an account of Moscow, Irkutsk in Siberia, Ulan Ude (Buryat Republic), Ulan Bator in Mongolia, Beijing and Shanghai in China.

'Mutiny', Ipswich nad the First Jacobite Rebellion

John Sutton
Chapters Restaurant

11 Oct 17 19.00 - 20.30

£3.50. Members may bring non-member guests to this event.

The Earl of Dunbarton’s Scottish Infantry were quartered in Ipswich and after a fiery sermon delivered by an Ipswich minister, they mutinied and went on the rampage on the Cornhill.
A ‘rattling good yarn’ of interest to an Ipswich audience.

Whistlecraft

Pip Wright
Birkbeck Room

24 Oct 17 14.00 - 15.00

Tickets £3.50. Members may bring non-member guests to this event.

The true story of the poachers of Rickinghall told with illustrations. Convicted over 100 times, Joe Whistlecraft was born in 1876, one of a notorious family who are fondly remembered by many who knew them in Rickinghall and Hinderclay. Known as the man who got away with murder, Joe still served over twenty years in jail, longer than many who have received a life sentence.

The Crane Family - from Normandy to Nacton Road

John Barbrook
Chapters Restaurant

09 Nov 17 15.00 - 16.00

Tickets £3.50. Members may bring non-member guests to this event.

The story of just some of the Crane Family - from first sightings in Normandy almost 1,000 years ago, to glimpses of their illustrious journey in England and then to America - eventually returning to Ipswich where some notable marks were left.

The Mysteries of Easter Island - a Polynesian buffet

Chris Parfitt
Chapters Restaurant

15 Nov 17 19.00 - 21.00

Tickets £12.50. Members may bring non-member guests to this event

Life today in one of the furthest outposts of Polynesia (now a province of Chile). Chris will give us an outline of the history of a culture which developed almost in isolation and the role of the famous statues.

Our catering team will serve up another appropriately themed culinary treat.

PUBLIC EVENTS

Suffolk Book League Author's Talk

Emma Healey

Reading Room

13 Sep 17 7.30pm

Tickets from SBL: £8 (SBL members £4)

AUTHOR OF THE ACCLAIMED ELIZABETH IS MISSING

Emma Healey grew up in London, where she completed her first degree in bookbinding, and graduated from the MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia in 2011. Her debut novel, Elizabeth is Missing, won Best First Novel at the Costa Book Awards.

Improvers' Guide to Solving Cryptic Crosswords

Tim King (aka Encota)

Birkbeck Room

21 Sep 17 10.15 - 12.15

£6.50 (Institute members), £7.50 (non-members)

Crosswords and especially cryptic crosswords are a brilliant means of keeping our brains active, for improving problem solving skills and for expanding our vocabulary.
This workshop is designed for those who have had some experience of cryptic crosswords and are keen to learn more; ideal if you attended the previous workshop or you regularly solve some of a daily national cryptic puzzle.
Tim, an expert crossword solver and setter, will guide us into the mystery (and history) of the cryptic crossword with time split between presentation and practising solving.

Suffolk Book League Author's Talk

Megan Bradbury

Reading Room

11 Oct 17 7.30pm

Tickets from SBL: £8 (SBL members £4)

DEBUT ANGLO-AMERICAN NOVELIST

Megan Bradbury was awarded the Charles Pick Fellowship at UEA and also won an Escalator Literature Award and a Grant for the Arts to help fund the completion of her first novel, Everyone is Watching, which tells the story of New York City through the geniuses who have inhabited it.

Suffolk Book League Author's Talk

Wendy Cope

Reading Room

01 Nov 17 7.30pm

Tickets from SBL: £8 (SBL members £4)

CELEBRATED NATIONAL POET

Wendy Cope OBE has won 3 significant poetry awards since her debut publication in 1980. Her latest anthology (and first in 10 years), Family Values, is rife with simplicity and bathos whose effect on her readers is not simple at all.

Spain 1937-39: a fight to the finish

Catherine Dell

Birkbeck Room, Tavern Street

25 Nov 17 9.30 - 3.30

Cost: Members £17.00
Non-members £19.00

Following on from 1936: Spain in Crisis, this study day continues the story of the Spanish Civil War from 1937 onwards.
Through the witness of combatants, medical teams, war correspondents, and civilians, our focus covers key events such as the bombing of Guernica (and Picasso’s response), the battle of Teruel – fought in sub-zero temperatures, the audacious, but doomed, offensive across the river Ebro, the fall of Catalonia…and the plight of 500,000 refugees.
For the Republicans, the war’s end in April 1939 brought disillusion and defeat.
For the country as a whole, division and dictatorship.
Note: It is not necessary to have attended 1936:Spain in Crisis


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