26th October 2019

Words and Birds

Leicester Cathedral
10am-noon

A creative writing/reading idea that combines art, imagination and storytelling. Participants will be asked to draw on their own reading skills. All will start with a bird template to decorate. Whilst decorating their birds, they will be encouraged to imagine and write down the stories the birds might tell. What is their name? Where are they going? Where have they been? What do they eat? Once the stories are complete, the participants will be asked to fold the piece of paper into a concertina shape which will then be threaded through the bird template/body to become the bird’s wings. All the birds created could be positioned in a storytelling tree for community members to read.

No booking required
Free
Suitable for all

 

 

Stand by Your Nan (show)

Leicester Guildhall
1-2.30pm

Stand by Your Nan is a poetry and storytelling show by Rachel Sambrooks telling the stories of unforgettable and unsung women who have helped make us who we are.

Rachel’s Nan, Eve Hind appeared to be an ordinary working-class housewife whilst she dreamed of greater things, becoming a working parent, new age pioneer and a lifelong learner. Explore where we came from, and the contribution made by, in particular, women. Compered and supported by poet and performer Lydia Towsey.

‘Brilliant’ -Victoria Derbyshire, BBC Radio 5 live.

Ticket price includes a copy of Stand by Your Nan.

Booking: In person at Guildhall or 0116 253 2569
£8 for adults, £4 for concessions
Suitable for all

 

Leicester Cathedral Reading Trail

1.30-3.30pm
Leicester Cathedral

From pirates and wizards to princesses and teddy bears, there are friends for all to find on the Leicester Cathedral Reading Trail. It is an exciting new way to read and to have fun. If you join the challenge, you will be given a map, which will guide you through an enchanted land. Each item you read will lead you one step further on your journey.

No booking required
Free
Suitable for all

 

Stand by Your Nan
(workshop)

3-4pm
Leicester Guildhall

Join stand-up poet and performer Rachel Sambrook for this intergenerational workshop with a difference – turning memories into stories. Recognising the unforgettable and unsung women in our lives we will explore where we came from, how those women and roots contributed to who we are today. Drawing on a range of written resources, including Rachel’s book, Stand by Your Nan – we will work alone and together to explore our unique experiences and family histories, find hidden voices – and celebrate them. No experience required, all levels catered for.

Booking:
hello@wordpoetry.co.uk

Free
Suitable for all

 

Marxism at the Arcade – Consoles, Controllers and Class Struggle

4-6pm
The Exchange bar, Rutland St, Leicester

Acclaimed researcher Jamie Woodcock presents a ground-breaking study of the politics and production of videogames. Uncovering both the terrible working conditions and the growing efforts of workers to organise and fight back, Marx at the Arcade is the first radical analysis of an industry that rakes in $135 billion a year – far outstripping both music and film as a source or capitalist profits. For hardcore gamers, digital sceptics and the joystick-curious, this event is not to be missed.

“Whether you game or not, an indispensable book.” —Sarah Jaffe, author of Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt

“An important, brilliant and timely read that reveals the oft-ignored lives of overworked and exploited game workers…Woodcock makes a compelling case for combating the toxic and reactionary elements of games culture, and pushing games towards a more positive, radical role in the world.” —Karn Bianco, Games Workers Unite

No booking required
Free
Suitable for all

 

 

Indian Classical Music and Poetry Workshop

Everest Dine restaurant,
Belgrave Gate, LE1 3HR
4-6pm, followed by performance and meal at 7pm

This is an opportunity for budding poets and enthusiasts to learn about Indian literature, poetry and music and the history of these combined arts and its composition methods. You can then have a go at writing poetry or even bring something pre-written to read out over the accompaniment of live Indian classical instruments. After the workshop, from 7pm, you can stay and watch performances and renditions of classical Sanskrit and Hindi verses with instruments such as the sitar, tabla, harmonium and tanpura, featuring a range of talented artists. The audience will be given a booklet showing the original Indian language words with English translations. You will also be served a three-course Indian meal with vegan, vegetarian and non-veg options and an alcoholic beverage/soft drink. The evening event is also open to the public but booking is essential.

Booking:
www.anerki01.eventbrite.co.uk
Free afternoon workshop. Evening event, £12 for adults, £9 for children and
£40 for a family for performance and meal
Suitable for all