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Art and Literature
William Morris & the Arts & Crafts Movement
Mark Lewis celebrates the life and work of this illustrious poet, artist and social reformer, who pioneered a movement that reacted against the soulless machine production of the Industrial Revolution. Morris attempted to promote joyful labour, the enjoyment of fine craftsmanship and simplicity of expression.
Talk length - 32 minutes.
Mark is a freelance artist, designer-silversmith and semi-retired university lecturer. Until the summer of 2009, he was a Principal Lecturer in the Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design at London Met University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Horners. Mark has a particular interest in unusual local customs and rituals and in 2013 he published a book on the folklore and popular customs of the church.
The Accidental Author
In this talk we find out how Sue Medcalf became an accidental author! Her series of books came from a conversation with her sister, who had badgers digging up her back garden and she asked if she knew how to discourage them from digging!! After a lot of research on badgers Sue became hooked on them and the Itchybald Scratchet character was born!
Talk length - 33 minutes.
Sue Medcalf is an accidental author of a series of books about a badger called Itchybald Scratchet. At 57 she never expected to write a book and now I has seven books. The series of books came from a telephone conversation with her sister, who had badgers digging up her back garden. She asked Sue what she could do to stop the digging. So Sue did some research on their habitat and was hooked!
William Shakespeare in London
This incomer came to London to join the lowest level of society, so how did a glover’s son become the national poet of England? Discover with Andrew Warde, Will’s life while he made his reputation.
Talk length - 23 minutes.
Andrew Warde has more than 40 years experience as a London Blue Badge guide, with additional guide qualifications for the City of London and for Windsor & Eton. He presents illustrated talks and walks in and around London, telling all about historic buildings, curious survivals from times past, or special areas of London life and the Thames riverside. These talks reveal fascinating aspects of London’s past and the people who lived there.
How to Make Money out of Murder: Writing a Crime Thriller Novel
Sally shares her secret for writing the perfect crime thriller! Discover how writers get their ideas, the best way of writing a novel and what it's like working with a publisher. Hear extracts from Sally's psychological thriller, The Promise, and be privy to Sally's favourite murder weapons.
Talk length - 50 minutes.
Sally Jenkins is a writer and public speaker. She is the author or two psychological thrillers and many short stories and articles. Sally is a members of Sutton Coldfield Speakers Club and in 2018 represented the Midlands at the national final of the Association of Speakers Clubs speech competition.