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Commonwealth Writers Conversation - The Untold Story

Dhaka 2013, 
Firdous Azim, Shuchi Karim, Faustina Pereira and Munize Manzur with Razia Iqbal. This session explores how creative expression can help women speak out about difficult topics.

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One on One

Dhaka 2013, 
Romesh Gunesekera with MK Aaref.

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Kobita Parishad Recitations

Dhaka 2013, 
Recitations by Rafiq Azad, Rabiul Husein, Asim Saha, Noo-ul-Alam Lenin, Makid Haider, Anwara Syed Haq, Quazl Rozy, Shihab Sarkar, Kajal Bandyopadhyay, Mohammad Sadik, Harisul Hoque, Samim Reza, Bulbul Mahalanobish and Masud Pothik. Moderated by Habibullah Sirajee.

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Spanish Literature

Dhaka 2013, 
Eliot Weinberger, Mario Bellatin and David Shook with Rafiq un Munir.

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One on One

Dhaka 2013, 
Rosie Boycott with Firdous Azim.

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The Cosmic Ark: Where Art and Words Meet

Dhaka 2013, 
Launch of Ronnie Ahmmed's book by Mermaid Art Foundation, with Ziauddin Pablo Khan and Anisul Hoque Shohag.

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Kobi Lorai

Dhaka 2013, 
Featuring the artist from Fariq Masuds Matir Moina, Shah Alam Dewan, performing a Poothi Paath about the history of Korbani. Ainul Boyati and Rozina Dewan debate men vs. women, in a spontaneous sparring of words.

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Bangla Poetry over the last Millenia

Dhaka 2013, 

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Nazrul and Tagore on tolerance.

Dhaka 2013, 
Relevance of Tagore and Nazrul in contemporary times with Sonia Nishat Amin, Niaz Zaman and Kaiser Haq. Moderated by Perween Hasan.

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Ranulph Fiennes

Cold: Extreme Adventures at the Coldest Temperatures on Earth

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Cold is a celebration of lives dedicated to researching and exploring some of the most hostile and brutally cold places on Earth. Documenting both his own explorations and those of others such as Shackleton, Cook and Amundsen, the famous adventurer and explorer reveals the chequered history of man’s attempts to discover and understand these remote areas of the planet.

Ranulph Fiennes

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ZEN Project

How do we make events sustainable?

Winter Weekend 2013, 

The ZEN project is looking into ways of reducing the impact that festivals and events have on the natural and built environment. Drop in, find out more, and share your knowledge and experiences.

ZEN Project

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Simon Singh

The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets

Winter Weekend 2013, 

The writers of The Simpsons are so fascinated by mathematics that they have drip-fed morsels of number theory into the series over the last twenty-five years – so many that they could form the basis of an entire university course. The author of The Codebook and Fermat’s Last Theorem uses specific episodes to explain concepts ranging from pi and the paradox of infinity to the origins of numbers.

Simon Singh

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Natalie Bennett, Maggie Simmons and Rebecca Attwood

Postcards from the Frontline

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Leader of the Green Party Natalie Bennett and Maggie Simmons from WAGGGS discuss the impact of climate change on human rights around the world and how this in turn impacts on both the reality and our idea of home, with Rebecca Attwood of the Environmental Justice Foundation.

Natalie Bennett, Maggie Simmons and Rebecca Attwood

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Claire Trumper, Allie & Ella Thomas and Liz Knight

Women in Business: Start Your Own Small Business

Winter Weekend 2013, 

At our food-themed Women in Business event, three local producers tell how they created a successful small business and advise on how you can do the same from your kitchen table. With Claire Trumper of Trumper’s Tea, Liz Knight of Forage Fine Foods and mother and daughter team Allie and Ella Thomas of Cradoc’s Savoury Biscuits. Chaired by former Country Living Deputy Editor Kitty Corrigan.

Duration 2 hours

Claire Trumper, Allie & Ella Thomas and Liz Knight

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Simon Pearson

The Great Escaper

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Roger Bushell was ‘Big X’, mastermind of the mass breakout from Stalag Luft III in March 1944, immortalised in the Hollywood film The Great Escape. Through exclusive access to his private papers – as well as fascinating new research from other sources – journalist Pearson has now written the first biography of this iconic figure. 

Simon Pearson

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Jennifer Potter

The Seven Flowers

Winter Weekend 2013, 

The horticultural historian and novelist considers how the lotus, lily, sunflower, rose and tulip have enflamed hearts and minds around the world. She shows how the opium poppy returned to haunt its originators in the West and how Confucius saw virtue and modesty in the orchid while the Greeks saw only sex. Above all, Potter demonstrates how these seven flowers have come to be metaphors for life, death, purity, passion, greed, envy, virtue, hope and consolation.

Jennifer Potter

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David Reynolds

The Long Shadow: The Great War and the 20th Century

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Re-examining the differing impacts of WWI on Britain, Ireland and the United States, The Long Shadow throws light on the whole of the last century and demonstrates that the First World War is a conflict from which Britain, more than any other nation, is still recovering.

David Reynolds

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John Williams

America’s Mistress: The Life and Times of Eartha Kitt

Winter Weekend 2013, 

The first ever biography of one of the most enduring and mysterious stars of the twentieth century shows a star adrift in a bewildering new America torn apart by the Civil Rights movement. Shunned by many of her former friends, shocked by her country’s insidious racism, and with a perilously fragile sense of her own identity.

John Williams

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Liz Davies talks to Francine Stock

Growing Old Outrageously

Winter Weekend 2013, 

The co-author discusses her delightful memoir of a later-life friendship and what happens when two ladies of a certain age decide to test Graham Greene’s maxim: Leap and the net will appear! This is a book for thrill-seekers, the adventurous and armchair travellers alike, a celebration of friendship, laughter and all that’s good in the world. 

Liz Davies talks to Francine Stock

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Robert Scourfield

The Inaugural Smith-Soldat Memorial Lecture – The Buildings of Wales: Powys

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Detailing all the buildings of significance in the historic counties of Montgomeryshire, Radnorshire and Breconshire, this final volume of the Pevsner Buildings of Wales series details hill-forts, ruined castles, medieval churches, manor houses and industrial buildings. In conversation with Justin Albert, Director of National Trust Wales.


Due to popular demand, a repeat of this event will take place on Sunday 1 December at 3.30pm – please see event 52.

Robert Scourfield

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Patrick Barkham

Badgerlands

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Barkham delves into the fascinating natural and rich cultural history of the animal – from their prehistoric arrival in Britain to their savage persecution over the centuries, the cuddliness of Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows character and the cull of 2013.

Patrick Barkham

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Ella Hickson in conversation with Francine Stock

Wendy and Peter Pan

Winter Weekend 2013, 

The RSC’s Christmas production is JM Barrie’s classic tale of the boy who never grows up, adapted in a spectacular new version by Ella Hickson. Here Ella talks about how she approached the story, what new twists she has brought to it and some of the things that happen to Wendy during the story.

Ella Hickson in conversation with Francine Stock

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Mat Roberts and Andy Middleton talk to Andy Fryers

The Landmarc/Slipstream Debate

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Earlier this year a group of senior business leaders, third sector innovators and participants from government came together in Cardiff to launch a major new opportunity for Wales. Find out how this combines Natural Capital and Social Value to create a step change in both thinking and delivery for all sectors in Wales and join in the discussions in this open event.

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Mat Roberts and Andy Middleton talk to Andy Fryers

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Vicky Pryce talks to Erwin James

Prisonomics

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Prisonomics provides a compelling analysis of the cost to the economy, as well as the human cost, of keeping women in prison. Convicted for taking her former husband Chris Huhne’s speeding points, Pryce uses her personal experiences and professional understanding to look at how prison works, and should work, from an economist’s perspective. She talks to journalist Erwin James, author of A Life Inside and The Home Stretch.

Vicky Pryce talks to Erwin James

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Jasper Fforde

The Song of the Quarkbeast

Winter Weekend 2013, 
The comic crime thriller author and all round nice guy reveals his latest caper - A long time ago Magic faded away, leaving behind only yo-yos, the extremely useful compass-pointing-to-North enchantment and the spell that keeps bicycles from falling over.

11+ years
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