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Arts Week 2016: Friday 20 May

Hollywood Depictions of Portugal

    When? 2-5pm
    Where? Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square

    Jean Negulesco's The Conspirators is a 1944 thriller set in Lisbon, in a time in which the city was a hub of exile and espionage. Following a screening of the film, we will discuss Hollywood depictions of Portugal and Europe during the Second World War and the Cold War. How did Hollywood grapple with Europe in this period of history?

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Sex, Scandal and the Stuart Court: Lives from Images

    When? 4-5.30pm
    Where? Meet outside the National Portrait Gallery main entrance, St Martin’s Place, WC2H 0HE (nearest tube: Charing Cross) See map here.

    Join us for a guided tour of the politics and power plays of the Stuart era. Taking portraits as our starting point, we will attempt to reconstruct some of the careers of those at the courts of James I and VI and his son – and the lives of those who fell from favour. Decide whether James I was poisoned, whether Ben Jonson loved his king, and what happened to Arbella Stuart.

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Celebrating Barbara Hardy (1924-2016)

Theatre Conversation: The Complete Deaths

    When? 6-7.30pm
    Where? Room G10, 43 Gordon Square

    At the 2016 Brighton Festival, physical comedy ensemble Spymonkey will premiere The Complete Deaths - a compendious enactment of all 75 on-stage deaths found in Shakespeare.  Join the show's director Tim Crouch (An Oak Tree, The Author, Adler & Gibb) and critic Andrew Dickson (New Yorker, New Statesman, Guardian) for a conversation about the deaths incarnated in Shakespeare's plays and the show's distinctive approach to re-imagining them.

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You must Mutate: Toby Litt and Caroline Edwards Discuss the Future of Fiction

    When? 6-7.30pm
    Where? Room B04, 43 Gordon Square

    Taking Toby Litt's new collection of non-fiction essays, Mutants (Seagull Books, 2016), as a starting point, Toby and Caroline Edwards (Birkbeck) will discuss developments in contemporary fiction as it attempts to deal with an increasingly fast-paced technological world.

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    When? 6-7.30pm
    Where? Room G04, 43 Gordon Square

    Explore the meanings of the recent rash of Tudor stories on page and screen with a panel of Tudor experts. Comparing historical accuracy and modern myth, we will investigate what is inspiring about the Tudors and attempt to excavate some of the stories we tell ourselves. What is the relationship between glamour and brutality in looking at the Tudor past? When did Lady Jane Grey became a pin up – and did Queen Elizabeth ever say ‘I have the body of a weak and feeble woman’? Panellists include Tudor scholars Lou Horton and Samantha Smith, Macmillan Non-Fiction Editorial Director, Georgina Morley and novelist Elizabeth Fremantle.

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Moving People: Creative Writing and the Refugee

    When? 6-7.30pm
    Where? Room G01, 43 Gordon Square

    How does geographic and cultural displacement change what we can say and

    write? Is there a poetics of displacement? This event takes as its starting point work done in creative writing workshops in Palestine and the UK to explore these questions. Join the Watadd Research Network for a reading, a discussion, and a little live writing ….

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