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Thursday 23 May

A walking tour - Bloomsbury’s squares: a London in miniature (alumni event)

    London’s garden squares are one example of the city’s continual experiment in asset-led communal living. Intriguingly their form instituted them both as spaces of enclosure and as meeting points of a wider London. Leading an exploration of this paradox Dr Victoria McNeile will guide us on a walk through some of the Bloomsbury squares. We will consider the diversity of representation they have attracted and the conflicts – political, educational, commercial, aesthetic and sexual – that have animated these seemingly well-ordered enclaves.

    The walk will begin in the centre of Bloomsbury Square - meeting at 2.45pm for a prompt 3pm start and finish at 4.30 in Gordon Square (room G03).

    Booking: This event is for our alumni and is invitation only - if you have a question about the event, please contact Tamsin Bell on t.bell@bbk.ac.uk

Mute Poetry, Speaking Pictures:  A book and some afterthoughts

Composers at Birkbeck

    We invite you to an exciting showcase of approachable new music by composers past and present from the Birkbeck 'Writing Music' courses, planned and organised by students studying ‘Staging Music Events and Festivals’ from the MA in Arts Management. Enjoy a world première to round off your Arts Week evening!

    When? 19:40-21:00
    Where? Keynes Library, 43-46 Gordon Square
    Booking: This event is free but booking is essential - visit http://composersatbirkbeck.eventbrite.com/#

Blake and Romantic material culture

    The Illuminated Books produced in Blake’s 'printing house in hell' offered a method of printing which combines the painter and the poet. This MA Romantic Studies taster explores Blake’s work as a poet and painter, the material cultures of the Romantic book, and Romantic practices of reading and viewing.

    When? 18:00
    Where? Room 152, Malet Street Building
    Booking: This event is free but booking is essential - visit http://blakeandromanticculture.eventbrite.com/

John Smith's Hackney films

    The Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image (BIMI) is delighted to present three works by experimental film-maker John Smith:

    • The Girl Chewing Gum (12 mins.)
    • Hackney Marshes (TV version) (30 mins.)
    • Blight (14 mins.)

    John Smith will be present for a discussion after the screening.

    When? 18:00-19:20
    Where? Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square
    Booking: This event is free but booking is essential - http://hackneyfilms.eventbrite.com/

Theatre North presents: Handel's Cross

    Torment, obsession and sublime music, Handel's Cross is a new piece by the acclaimed writer and live artist Martin Lewton. Staged by lecturer Andrew McKinnon, this performance at Birkbeck follows its world premiere at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival in May 2013.  Please note that Handel's Cross is a dark and disturbing fantasy. The performance contains very explicit adult material and nudity throughout.  18+.

    When? 18:00-19:20
    Where? G10, 43-46 Gordon Square
    Booking: This event is free, but booking is essential - see http://handelscross.eventbrite.com/#

An Evening with the Good Doctor

    To celebrate Colin Teevan's acclaimed recent reworking Christopher Marlowe's Dr Faustus, which premiered at West Yorkshire Playhouse in February and The Citizens’ Theatre Glasgow in April, a panel discussion on the relevance of Faustus today, a reading of extracts, and a book launch of the Oberon Books publication of the playtext, chaired by Birkbeck Renaissance scholar Susan Wiseman, with playwright Colin Teevan, celebrated actress and recent MBE Siobhan Redmond (Mephistopheles) and other members of the cast and company.

    When? 19:40-21:00
    Where? Peltz Room, 43-46 Gordon Square
    Booking: This event is free but booking is essential - see http://faustus.eventbrite.com/

Film screening: Under the Cranes (2011, UK)

    Mixing rarely seen archive footage with new cinematography, Under the Cranes offers a lyrical, painterly evocation of Hackney over several hundred years. Based on Hackney Streets, Michael Rosen's poetic play for voices, the film moves across time and space as we hear from Shakespeare in Shoreditch, a Jamaican builder, a Turkish barber and the 43 Group taking on Oswald Mosley in Dalston. This is a film which poses questions about the nature of regeneration in the recent period. It also explores the theme of migration, showing some of the struggles that people go through to secure a place for themselves (fighting racists if necessary), but also how migration brings diversity and the seeds of renewal.

    The screening will be followed by a Q&A with writer Michael Rosen and film-maker and Birkbeck alumni Emma-Louise Williams.

    When? 19:40-21:00
    Where? Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square
    Booking: This event is free but booking is essential - see http://underthecranes.eventbrite.com/

Natural History and the Rights of Woman: Mary Wollstonecraft and science

    Professor Sharon Ruston (University of Salford) will discuss Mary Wollstonecraft and science: during the two-year period of the composition and publication of her Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), Mary Wollstonecraft, the mother of Mary Shelley and early advocate of women’s rights, read and reviewed a number of important works of natural history for a periodical called the Analytical Review. Wollstonecraft is not known for her interest in science but in this talk Professor Ruston will show that reading these texts helped her to formulate her feminist theory. Close attention to her reviews of natural history reveal her developing thought on issues of equality, education, and what it means to be human. On a more general note, Wollstonecraft’s reviews show that in the late eighteenth century, people were aware of the political purpose of scientific writings.

    When? 19:40-21:00
    Where? Room 152, Malet Street Building
    Booking: This event is free, but booking is essential - see http://marywollstonecraft.eventbrite.com/

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