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Every Thursday, different speakers on different subjects at Bristol Central Library.

12.30pm - 1.20pm

20th September

Rissa Mohabir, Author of Under the Shade of a Tree- Somali Women Speak

Responding to the unprecedented global crisis of displaced people (65 million) of which over half of the population are women, Under the Shade of a Tree- Somali Women Speak tells the personal recollections of peace time in their community before conflict and violence dictated they leave their homeland to join the familiar route of refugees across Europe before settling in Bristol. Their insightful reflections offers hope to the question “What helped you to go on?”

Rissa Mohabir will describe the process of creating safe listening spaces for trauma narratives.

27th September

Jeff Dowson, Bristol Screenwriter and Crime Novelist

The Fascination of Crime

Why crime? Why does it fascinate us so much? Why do crime dramas and thrillers dominate the TV schedules? Is the thriller just an easy option… Or does it deal with what really matters? Jeff Dowson, author of the Bristol set Jack Shepherd thrillers, will explain why he believes the genre is important, is commonly the biggest section in any library fiction section or bookshop and why he chooses to write about it, treading the delicate story-telling balance between mystery, violence and humour.

4th October

Nigel Newbutt, Senior Lecturer and Senior Researcher in Digital Education at UWE

In this talk Nigel will discuss and showcase several technologies being used to help enable autistic individuals in social, communication and educational contexts. The talk will provide visual examples and cover a range of tools and technologies ranging from touch-screen interfaces through to virtual reality and head mounted displays. The talk will conclude with some future directions and what lies ahead in relation to research. In addition, Nigel will draw out implications for practice and how the evidence in the area of technology for autistic people is being used.

11th October

Peter Fleming, Professor of History at UWE

Medieval Bristol

Peter Fleming will examine Bristol for the first 600 years of its existence. This, “medieval Bristol”, while much less well-known than Bristol in the long eighteenth century, was, arguably, at least as important, and Peter will explore how it can still be seen today, in the streets and in the remaining churches from the period.

18th October

Gillian Fernandez Morton and Maureen Armstrong

Author Gillian and her sister Maureen will talk about “Bombweed”, adapted from an unpublished novel written by their mother in 1947. Her experiences during World War Two, and growing awareness of the social changes which the war introduced, shaped the novel, and gave the vivid period detail. They will explain how they worked on the original text, and talk about what messages it holds for the modern reader.

25th October

Heather Marks, Writer & Academic

From Olaudah Equiano to Andrea Levy, discover the representations of blackness in Britain in literature from the Romans to the 21st century

Heather Marks leads this Lunchtime Lecture, taking you on a whistle-stop tour through the centuries, sharing her love of historical fiction and why it’s an important genre for decolonising ideas about our past and present.

Learn about Black British writers of the 18th century, and how contemporary writers are revisiting the past to create exciting narratives that expand our imaginary landscape. Expect to leave with a new knowledge of unknown British histories and literary lineages.

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