Includes materials, tea and coffee (lunch not included)
Louisa Hare’s poster workshop: participants bring a text (100 words max) of their choice for hand setting with metal type, locking it into a chase to print from, after having first made a simple image or decoration to complement the text using the medium of lino cutting. Participants take away a poster of their own making, plus their lino blocks.
Louisa Hare set up a small publishing business nearly thirty years ago that perfectly reflected her dual interest in literature and the fine arts, having studied both. From the outset Louisa has always used letterpress: the time-honoured, hands-on, direct method of printing from blocks and metal type. Best known for the flagship range of internationally distributed Shakespeare postcards, Louisa’s business, First Folio Cards, continues to flourish.
THE FOLLOWING SATURDAY EVENTS ARE IN CHIPPING CAMPDEN SCHOOL MAIN HALL
A students’ all day coffee bar from 9.30am to raise funds for CCS students’ chosen charity
Sir Robert Worcester and Anthony Musson discuss the Magna Carta, a document widely regarded as a potent symbol of the freedom of the individual. In exploring the Charter’s genesis, and its enduring importance through subsequent centuries across the globe, they debate whether it is the foundation of democracy and if King John’s bargain with his barons is still relevant today. Antony Musson demonstrates with illustrations how images from statutes to illuminated manuscripts provide an insight into the Charter’s political and legal influence.
Sir Robert Worcester, KBE, DL, chair of the Magna Carta 2015 800th Anniversary Commemoration Committee, was educated at the University of Kansas. Among many other appointments he was Chancellor of the University of Kent (2007-14).
He is an Honorary Fellow of the LSE and of King’s College London. As founder of MORI, Sir Robert is a well-known figure in British public opinion research. His interest in the Magna Carta began when, as an American, on his first visit to the country of his ancestors, he went to gaze with awe at the British Library copy of the Charter.
Anthony Musson, FRHS and LL.M from Lancaster University, was educated at, and has a doctorate from, King’s College Cambridge. He is Professor of Legal History, University of Exeter, and Barrister of the Middle Temple. As a leading expert on the Magna Carta, he has contributed to the commemorative volume Magna Carta: The Foundation of Freedom, 1215-2015. Anthony has published extensively in the field of medieval legal history and legal culture. His other work includes contributions to BBC Radio 4’s The Long View and BBC 2/The History Channel’s Emmy award winning Terry Jones’ Medieval Lives, and he has worked with actors from the Elysium Theatre Company as part of the RSC’s (Open Stage) scheme’s project.
CHIPPING CAMPDEN CONNECTION:
With thanks to Susan Walker and
Chipping Campden Historical Society
Robert Tombs’s illustrated talk tries to show the many ways in which our present continues to be shaped by our past: for example, Magna Carta influences our ideas of justice; voting patterns owe much to ancient religious differences; and because of England’s long interaction with both its near neighbours and more distant parts of the world ‘immigration is as much part of our history as thatched cottages and cream teas’.
The English and their history is the first single-volume history of England written for the general reader on this scale since the 1930s. Marked by the French style of history telling, this is a form of comparative history, with thematic longitudinal threads throughout, linking custom and character together in vivid form: offering a new view of an ancient nation and the formation of its identity, shaped as much by what it has chosen to remember as by what it has chosen to forget.
‘a work of supreme intelligence’ The Guardian
‘compelling and intriguing analysis of English history’ The Financial Times
‘This pithy, punchy and learned history argues that the English really are special.’ The Sunday Times
Robert Tombs, Professor of French History at Cambridge University, is a leading scholar of Anglo-French relations: an Englishman with Irish connections who has spent a life studying France. Of his new book he writes in the Introduction, ‘Had I been a life-long English specialist, I doubt I would have had the nerve to try it.’ His other books include The Paris Commune 1871 (1999) and, co-written with his wife Isabelle, the acclaimed That Sweet Enemy: The French and the British from the Sun King to the Present (2006)
Lord Peter Hennessy presents his highly personal essay examining the concept of the rise of the meritocracy (a word coined by Michael Young in 1958) and the persistence of a shadowy notion of an establishment.
‘If you want to know what the establishment thinks of itself, look at this.’ The Guardian
Peter Hennessey, Fellow of the British Academy, was educated at grammar school in Stroud, St John’s, Cambridge, the LSE, and was Kennedy Scholar, Harvard 1971-2. He is Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History at Queen Mary, University of London. He was a journalist for twenty years with spells on The Times, The Financial Times and The Economist and a presenter of the BBC Radio 4 Analysis programme. He sits as an independent crossbench Peer in the House of Lords as Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield. His many books include Distilling the Frenzy: Writing the History of One’s Own Times (one of IoS Books of the Year 2012), Having It So Good (winner of Orwell Prize 2007), and The Secret State (2002).
This afternoon’s events are sponsored by Paula Kaplan, The Kennington Bookshop
Tel: 0207 735505 www.thekbookshop.com
Roger McGough reading from As Far As I Know ‘moving poems on memory, love, ageing and youth’ The Independent. And from his updated edition of short humorous verse It Never Rains originally published as part of Penguin’s 70th Anniversary Celebrations. Plus LiTTLe MACHiNe’s ‘music that moves the feet for words that move the soul, bringing poetry to people and people to poetry.’
INTERVAL after the first set
Roger McGough, CBE for services to literature and the Freedom of the City of Liverpool ‘for good behaviour’, is President of the Poetry Society. His autobiography Said And Done (2005) explores his overnight fame with Lily The Pink, The Scaffold, and Yellow Submarine, which he helped write for the Beatles. He was part of The Mersey Sound with Adrian Henri & Brian Patten and is presenter of the long-running BBC Radio 4 Poetry Please.
‘rueful, unpredictable observation to please the sharpest wits’ The Independent
‘He is a true original and more than one generation would be much the poorer without him’ The Times
LiTTLe MACHiNe are a trio, featuring guitar-playing composer, arranger and singer Walter Wray, multi-instrumentalist, poet and composer Steve Halliwell and poet and musician Chris Hardy. They have performed at literary festivals from York to Dubai, drawing on three thousand years of poetry – Sappho, Chaucer, Shakespeare,
Blake, Byron, Eliot, Larkin – they set classic poems to music and perform them with passion, skill and humour.
‘The most brilliant music and poetry band in the world.’ Carol Ann Duffy
‘They make you laugh and break your heart.’ Gillian Clarke, National Poet of Wales
At the end of the performance Roger McGough will be book signing.
This event is sponsored by Sarah and Peter Taylor, Seymour House Bed and Breakfast: