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Can Economics Ever Be Fun?

It’s known as the dismal science, but bad reputations are often a side effect of having anER Images (19) awful lot of fun. Perhaps then…just maybe…economics is a right laugh? In this 45 minute show, Damon Gibbons, author of the incredibly serious ‘Britain’s Personal Debt Crisis: How we got here and what to do about it’ sets out to tickle the underbelly of monetary discipline and fiscal irresponsibility (or is it the other way around?). Armed only with the rules of monopoly and a dozen dusty tomes written by the bearded dead, Gibbons will accomplish the near impossible and MAKE ECONOMICS FUN.

This event is suitable for all ages. Tickets are £5 on the door.

World War One and South Highfields

Earlier this year residents in South Highfields wrote a book about life in their area during WW1 and of people’s journeys there from other countries. Local poets, artists, and ER Images (82)dramatists, including school children, have been invited to respond to the book and the stories within it. There will also be audience discussion. Refreshments provided. The book, called ‘How Saxby Street Got Its Name’, is available at all city libraries and from New Walk Museum and Leicester University book shop.

This event is suitable for all ages, and is free, so turn up and enjoy!

The Other Simon de Montfort: Catharism, Crusade and Cultural Backlash

A generation before Leicester’s own de Montfort led the English barons in rebellion, his ER Images (65)father headed a campaign to eliminate religious heresy in southern France. A ruthless and determined man, the elder Simon was driven from his English lands by King John, and sought the county of Toulouse instead. The Albigensian Crusade (1209-29) massacred Cathar heretics and their supporters, apparently indiscriminately. Claire Taylor argues that this actually increased support for the heresy in the region, until the arrival of the medieval inquisition.

This event is suitable for all ages, and is free, so turn up and enjoy!
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Susanna Watts and Elizabeth Heyrick

An inaugural reading and talk about new writing commissioned by the Centre for New ER Images (55)Writing about two nineteenth-century Leicester campaigners, Susanna Watts and Elizabeth Heyrick. As outspoken advocates for the campaign to end slavery, they played an active role in swaying public opinion in campaigns. On a local level, they worked and wrote together within their community for the rights of workers in the hosiery industry and prisoners, as well as the poor and aged. Individually, they also produced many literary works, including the first guidebook for Leicester.

This event is suitable for all ages, and is free, so turn up and enjoy!

Alice in Wonderland Family Fun Day

We’re taking over the children’s area at Leicester Central Library to celebrate the 150th ER Images (5)anniversary of Alice in Wonderland. Why not have a go at writing your own poetry inspired by the classic tale, or try your hand at making the best mad hat? There’ll be plenty of giggles at our very own laughter therapy workshop. We’ll be ending the celebrations in style with a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Don’t forget to dress up – there’ll be a prize for the best fancy dress costume.

This event is suitable for all ages. Adult tickets are £3.50, child tickets are £2.50, and family tickets (up to three children) are £10. Booking is recommended by calling the library on 0116 2995401 or visiting in person. Tickets will also be available on the door.

Telling Tales and Sharing Stories

Family Story Circle Workshop lead by Artist in Residence, Manya Benenson. Come and ER Images (58)create an all-new amazing community story altogether, inspired by a secret character hidden in the depths of St Barnabas Library! Expect fun storytelling and drama games and activities. Supported by The Spark Arts for Children

This event is suitable for families and under 13’s, and is free but booking is essential by calling 0116 299 5450.

From Football to Books

Bali Rai will give the children and young people an inspirational talk that will leave a ER Images (26)legacy. Meeting a well-known local author who shares their love of ‘The beautiful game,’ will build self-confidence and other life skills. Knowledge and skills gained from this initial workshop will lead onto other sessions with exciting follow up activities elsewhere. These related workshops will provide opportunities to reflect on ‘life beyond football.’

This event is suitable for families and over 10’s. This event is free, but booking is essential by emailing julie.thomas@leicester.gov.uk.

World Recipes

The library is the focal point in this diverse area and we encourage all local communities to come and celebrate their cultures through food. The session will be for everyone to look at ER Images (81)recipe books from the lifestyles represented in the area, which includes Polish, Indian, English, Turkish and other cultures from all over the world. Communities can integrate and socialise through their love of food and books on display in the library.

This event is suitable for all ages, and is free, so turn up and enjoy!