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THIS IS A FREE, DROP-IN EVENT AND SO YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BOOK TICKETS.


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

12.30pm - 1.20pm


31st May

James Murphy, Professor of English Language, Linguistics & Writing at UWE

Blaming and avoiding blame at public inquiries

Public inquiries are often used to draw a line under historic wrongs. Many expect that they will result in wrongdoers being blamed for their transgressions. In this talk, James Murphy will show how blame is negotiated, avoided and sometimes done at public inquiries. He will explore what blame in the inquiry setting can tell us about this act in our everyday lives.


7th June

Ed Meek, author

Ed Meek will bring to light the never before published letterbook of Lord Hastings, the chamberlain of Edward IV, containing letters from April to September 1477 from Calais, the last English continental possession. Here, Lord Hastings found himself at the nexus of a conflict between Louis XI of France and the supporters of Mary of Burgundy. Courted by both sides in the conflict, the foreign policy choices of Edward IV required Hastings to maintain a delicate neutrality in the conflict. Ed will discuss the challenges of translating this neglected historical source.


14th June

Becky Kingsley-Jones, lecturer of education and early years at UWE Bristol

Reading with Children and Developing Thinking skills:

Exploring the genius of your ‘wild things

We have never been able to access such a rich and colourful range of children’s literature and yet nationally, we are struggling to support our children to embrace reading as a core skill for learning and pastime of enjoyment. Former children’s laureate Michael Rosen asks ‘How does reading for pleasure do its magic of enabling children and school students to access education - as all research evidence on the matter shows?’ Becky Kingsley-Jones will begin to pick apart this question. Though an exploration of the books we read our children we will begin to explore how the magic of quality literature supports children through their education – and through their lives.


21st June

Adam Sheppard, urban planning academic at UWE Bristol

The Plotlands

When exploring the urban history of the UK there is rarely adequate discussion of the Plotlanders. An interesting fictional drama on the BBC in 1997 give some period profile, and a Channel 5 documentary series (‘Benefits by the Sea’) shines a very particular light on one example today. But where did these settlements come from? Why? And why do so few people know of them now? Adam will reveal this little told story.


28th June

Katie McClymont, professor of Geography and Environmental Management at UWE Bristol

Deathscapes and Diversity: Planning for Death and Remembrance in Multicultural England and Wales

Practices around death and remembrance in the UK have changed rapidly over the decades. This talk will discuss the findings from an 18 month research project which has investigated the needs and desires of people from migrant and minority ethnic backgrounds around death, bodily disposal and remembrance. It explores the everyday challenges and aspirations faced by diverse communities in different settings, and how governing authorities’ action and inaction have impacted how effectively services are provided.

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