24th October 2019

 

Planet Earth: What Does it Mean to You?

 

Evington Library,
Evington Lane, LE5 6DH
10.30am-12.30pm

A chance for people to put pen to paper, use poetry or prose, comment, tell a story or memory to celebrate the world in which we live and its many and varied environments. People can bring their contribution and share it with others.

Booking:
0116 221 1286
Free
Suitable for 16+

 

 

The Headscarf Revolutionaries

Trinity House Chapel,
De Montfort University
1-2pm

This is a talk by Dr Brian W. Lavery about how four women campaigned for better working conditions on trawlers after three boats had been lost in the winter of 1968. They faced opposition from the owners, trade unions, their family and friends but took their cause to the government of the day and within weeks had changed the working practices in the fishing industry forever. Their story is told with a short film and he describes what happened in that fateful month of January 1968. This event is part funded by De Montfort University Unison Branch.

Booking:
ajennison@dmu.ac.uk
Free
Suitable for all

 

The Donkey Book Group discusses Pao by local author Kerry Young

 

The Donkey pub,
Welford Rd, LE2 6BH
5.30-7pm

The Donkey Book, which meets regularly at the Donkey Pub on Welford Road, has a rare open meeting. The group will be discussing Pao by local author Kerry Young, who grew up in Jamaica and is of Chinese/African heritage. Pao brings to life the now lost Chinese community that had grown up in Kingston, with its shady characters and looming godfather figures operating in the Tongs (Chinese Secret Societies).

No booking required
Free
Suitable for all

 

 

Class Writer: An Introduction to the Life and Novels of William Ash

 

Leicester Secular Hall,
Humberstone Gate, LE1 1WB
7-9pm

Bill Ash was a fighter. An American, he came to Britain during the Second World War and flew with the RAF but was shot down over France. He was captured and sent to a PoW camp. Then began the escapes using tunnels, subterfuge and false identities he escaped four times. Sentenced to death by the Gestapo twice, he survived. After the war, he was awarded an MBE for his bravery. Often cited as the model for the lead character in the film the Great Escape, in post-war years he worked for the BBC then became a novelist and political writer. Doug Nicholls, the General Secretary of the General Federation of Trade Unions, will talk about Bill’s life and his books. Free copies of Bill’s books will be given out at this event.

No booking required
Free
Suitable for all

 

 

Responding to the Visual: A Poetry Workshop

 

Friends Meeting House,
Queens Rd, LE2 1WP
7.30-9.30pm

In conjunction with Soundswrite, award-winning poet Pam Thompson will lead a poetry workshop in which we will read and discuss poems that respond to the visual in different ways. How do poets get to the emotional core? What techniques can they use to go beyond just describing? We will then create our own poems in response.

Booking:
soundswritepoetry@gmail.com or
0116 240 4246 / 07808957216
Free
Suitable for women 16+