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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) <>


28 Oct: Frank McGuinness on Sean O’Casey


The group meets several times a term, generally on Tuesday evenings at
8.45 in the Parlour, Magdalene College.  All are welcome, to individual
sessions or the entire series.  The proceedings are informal, questions
can be asked by those attending or not.

The first session of this year is scheduled, unusually, on a Wednesday:

28 October
8.45 p.m.
The Parlour
Magdalene College

Wine and whiskey served

FRANK McGUINNESS, ‘Rewriting the Easter Rising: Sean O’Casey’s /The
Plough and the Stars/’

Frank McGuinness is a playwright and poet - author of, among other
works, /Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme/,
/Mutabilitie/, and /Someone Who'll Watch Over Me/.  He is the 2014
recipient of the Irish Pen Award for Outstanding Contribution to Irish

Any questions to jk10023

28 Oct: Poetry Workshops start

Prof Peter Gizzi, 'Reading / Writing Poetry Workshop', 6 classes, weeks 3-8, Wednesdays, 1-3pm in GR05, English Faculty.

Prof Peter Gizzi, the visiting Judith E Wilson Poetry Fellow, offers an informal reading and writing workshop engaging with vanguard American poetry. The workshop will read and also write out of the texts discussed. Students will be expected to engage in both reading and writing poetry. The workshop will demand a serious interest in contemporary American vanguard poetry and poetics. Numbers may be limited. 

Anyone interested in participating in this workshop is asked to apply by writing to Peter Gizzi, by sending 2-3 pages of their writing to him by email at:
 <> by Sunday, the 26th of October. The first workshop will be on Wednesday 28th October.

23-24 October: ARENA

As part of the Festival of Ideas, a dazzling 24-hour montage of Arena
documentaries made over the past four decades will be shown at various
sites across the City from Friday 23rd October at noon. This can also be
accessed through the following link, should people wish to stream it via
their computers:

A discussion on the subject of public service broadcasting featuring
Arena's Series Producer, Anthony Wall, the BBC's Creative Director, Alan
Yentob, & Professor Georgina Born of Oxford University will be held at
5.00 PM on Saturday 24th October at Lady Mitchell Hall. Everyone is most
welcome to attend.

Further details of both events are available via the Centre for Film and
Screen news page:

Or contact Michael Hrebeniak

24 Oct: Post-Conflict Poetry

*Post-Conflict Poetry: A Cambridge PEN* *event*
/Part of the Festival of Ideas/

Cambridge Student PEN presents poetry out of fractures: post-conflict
writing that has helped to heal the destruction of conflict in Ireland,
the Balkans, Israel and Palestine, and elsewhere. There will be readings
and poems on display. In between readings, audience members will have a
chance to respond to the poems.

Poems will be written on scraps of cloth, on broken plates and stone,
and built together into a mosaic of poems and disparately unified work.

All welcome, feel free to drop in or out.

Saturday 24th October, 4:30
Drama Studio, English Faculty

24 Oct: The Alchemical Landscape

The Alchemical Landscape

Contemporary writers, film-makers and musicians are increasingly investing
the English landscape with notions of magic and the occult. As part of this
year's Festival of Ideas, Yvonne Salmon and James Riley present a field
guide to this 'geographic turn'.

Faculty of English, GR06/07
24 Oct 2015, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

All welcome.

This event has been featured as part of the Festival's Speaker Spotlight


Man Booker Prize 2015: the winner is Marlon James’s A Brief History of Seven Killings



6 Nov: Reading Group Meeting

The first meeting of the Contemporaries reading group will take place on

FRIDAY 6th NOVEMBER at 1pm in the Faculty, GR.03

We will be discussing Robert Eaglestone's 2013 essay 'Contemporary fiction in the academy: towards a manifesto'. A link to the essay is available on the 
Contemporaries Moodle page.

All welcome; bring your lunch!

12 November: BRIGFLATTS AT 50

Briggflatts At 50, 12th November 2015 - Poster (1)-1

Holly Corfield-Carr wins 2015 Frieze Writers Prize

Holly Corfield-Carr won the prize for her review of Katrina Palmer’s sound installation ’The Loss Adjusters’ which is the third part of her Artangel project ‘End Matter’ on the Isle of Portland In Dorset.



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