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10 Nov, 7pm: TIME OF WOMEN – free screening

All members of the English Faculty are welcome to the Judith Wilson Studio on Nov 10th, at 7pm, where the *Cambridge Interdisciplinary
Performance Network**[CIPN]*is delighted to be serving as a community ambassador for the Belarus Free Theatre Company, and will be streaming Time of Women 
live from The Young Vic on *Tuesday 10 November*at*19.00*. The free screening forms part of a two-week festival of performances and discussions in London, 
featuring some of the Company’s acclaimed original productions and reinvigorated classics. The screening will also include a post-performance discussion 
with Shereen Nanjiani and Irina Khalip.

Title: */Time of Women/***
Date: *Tuesday,* *10 November 2015*
Time:* Live-Stream starts at 19.00 *(Doors will open from 18.30)
Screening Venue: *Judith E. Wilson Studio *(English Faculty, 9 West Rd,
Cambridge CB3 9DP)
Performance Running Time: *1 hr 25 mins*
Admission: *FREE*

Trailer: **

Performed in Russian (with subtitles)

About the Play:

Time of Women marks the UK premiere of a play about women on the
forefront of a movement for a democratic Belarus, women with an
unflinching and unswerving dedication to the truth. One is Irina Khalip,
the PEN Pinter prize-winning journalist, arrested in Belarus for her
coverage of Lukashenko’s regime and described by Sir Tom Stoppard as,
“the writer I wanted to be”. Another is journalist Natalya Radina who
was also imprisoned after the presidential elections of 2010. Amnesty
International named her a prisoner of conscience and demanded her
release, as did the Committee to Protect Journalists. Today she lives in
exile in Poland and continues to run the Belarusian independent media
portal Charter 97. […] During the Belarus premiere, the apartment
building where the performance took place was surrounded by KGB
informers. A raid didn’t take place as there was a TV crew and British
citizens present. After the premiere the company lost the apartment as a
performance space.”

*Post-Performance Discussion:*

Time: 20.35 – 21.35
Theme: Media Freedom in Belarus and the UK
Facilitator: Shereen Nanjiani
Speaker: Irina Khalip

*Production Credits:*

Script: Nicolai Khalezin and Natalia Kaliada
Director: Nicolai Khalezin
Ensemble: Kiryl Kanstantsinau. Maryia Sazonava, Yana Rusakevich, Maryna
Set & Lighting Designer: Will Reynolds

Performed in Russian with English surtitles.

Time of Women was first performed on 19 December 2014, underground in Belarus.

Developed at Falmouth University’s Academy of Music and Theatre Arts

PS: For further information about Belarus Free Theatre and the /Staging
A Revolution/ festival, visit

Michael Byrne (Royal Ballet, CMPCP)
Neylan Bagcioglu (History of Art) <>
Clare Foster (English/Classics/Creative Writing)
Rachel Stroud (Music)
Jonas Tinius (Anthropology) <>
Rin Ushiyama (Sociology) <>


25 Oct: Ben Okri in Conversation

Saturday 25 October: 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Law Faculty, LG19,10 West Road, CB3 9DZ

Booker prize-winning author Ben Okri will look back at his writing career with Tim Cribb, an English Fellow at the University of Cambridge who was a visiting lecturer at the universities of Ife and Kwara State in Nigeria. Okri is considered one of the foremost African authors in the post-modern and post-colonial traditions and has been compared favourably to authors such as Salman Rushdie and Gabriel García Márquez.

Part of the Festival of Ideas

23rd Oct – poetry reading DELL OLSEN AND JUDITH GOLDMAN

The first MATERIALS reading this term, and the tenth in the series
overall, will take place on Thursday 23rd October at the Judith E.
Wilson Drama Studio, English Faculty Basement, Cambridge, 7.30 for 8pm.
DELL OLSEN will read alongside the visiting American poet JUDITH
GOLDMAN, who is in town for one month only.


Dell Olsen's publications include 'Book of the Fur' (2000), 'Secure
Portable Space' (2004) and 'punk faun' (2012). "designed for everyday
life but mostly out of range / between various small fires nightly on TV
a dog".

Judith Goldman has published 'Vocodor' (2001), 'Deathstars/rico-chet'
(2006) and 'The Disposessions' (2009). "I died of a chief delight. fare
thee well, crackpot."


Copies of work by the poets and various other small-press material will
be available on a book-table on the night. BYOB.

Contact David Grundy ( or Lisa Jeschke (
for any further questions.

Poetry Reading: Vidyan Ravinthiran (Friday 25th April)

Vidyan Ravinthiran, Keasbey Research Fellow at Selwyn College, will read
from his first collection, Grun-tu-molani (Bloodaxe, 2014). Wine will be

Date: Friday 25th April
Time: 6pm
Venue: Master’s Lodgings, Selwyn College
RSVP: if you would like to reserve a place, please email

Vidyan’s poems have been anthologised several times, published as a
pamphlet and have appeared in a range of magazines which include The
Times Literary Supplement, PN Review and Poetry Review.

‘Gripping is not a word you usually associate with poetry, but Vidyan
Ravinthiran’s poems are precisely that, and they seldom let go. They are
full of surprising turns (and turns of phrase), and their humour can
make you squirm, as humour should… A ferocious intelligence is at work
in these poems, whose stylish armoured exterior reflects sometimes a
literary scholar and sometimes a displaced person; sometimes
contemporary Britain and sometimes ancient Sri Lanka’ – Arvind Krishna

Marc Atkins and Rod Mengham reading in Cambridge: Tuesday 8 April


Still /movin/g – Launch and Reading*

Tuesday 8th April 2014

7.00 pm, Judith E Wilson Drama Studio, Faculty of English, University of


All welcome – free entry


Veer Books will launch the new book by* Marc Atkins* and *Rod Mengham*,

with readings by both**Marc and Rod.




/*STILL Moving*/


Veer Publication 058 [ISBN: 978-1-907088-64-3]


‘For Rod Mengham and Marc Atkins, cracking mirrors and counter-mirrors

are not only a frontier between two worlds, they represent a systematic

quest for desire, a haunted visual trope leaping towards an elsewhere as

threatening as it is seducing, setting out to explore “the rear view of

historical convergence”, carefully recording instances in which the

conjunctions, collisions and chiaroscuro of memory and fantasy take us

beyond the scope of the thinkable and the imaginable.’ (Michel Delville)


Design by Vaughan Oliver and Marc Atkins.

A4 landscape size. 80 pages. Colour and B&W. March 2014.


Marc Atkins is an English artist, photographer, filmmaker and writer.

Marc has lived and worked for many years in London, but has also spend

extended periods of time in Rome, Detroit, New York, Warsaw and Paris.

Previous publications include /The Prism Walls/ (Contraband), /Logic of

the Stairwell/(Shearsman), /The Teratologists/ (panoptika),

/Thirteen/ (Do-Not Press), /Warszawa/ [texts by T. Pióro & A. Sosnowski]

(Wig-press), /Faces of Mathematics/(panoptika), and /Liquid City/ [text

by Iain Sinclair] (Reaktion). Atkins has presented his work and ideas on

the image at venues such as the Royal Academy, Royal College of Art, UEL

School of Architecture, Instytut Mikołowski, Poland, The Photographers

Gallery, and the University of Liège.


Rod Mengham is Reader in Modern English Literature at Cambridge

University and Curator of Works of Art at Jesus College, Cambridge.  He

has published monographs and edited collections of essays on nineteenth

and twentieth century fiction, violence and avant-garde art, the 1940s,

contemporary poetry; anthologies /Altered State: the New Polish

Poetry/ [ed. Mengham, Pioro, Szymor] (2003), /Vanishing Points: New

Modernist Poems/ [ed. Kinsella, Mengham](2005); poetry, including

/Unsung: New and Selected Poems/, (2001), /Diving Tower/ (2006),

/Parleys and Skirmishes/ (2007), /Bell Book/ (2012) and /The

Understory/ (2014). He has also curated numerous exhibitions, most

recently ‘Sculpture in the Close 2013’ [Miroslaw Balka, Theaster Gates,

Harland Miller, Damian Ortega, Doris Salcedo].


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