Roma Tearne reads from and discusses her latest novel. Beginning in 1939, The Last Pier is a beautiful and atmospheric novel inspired by a chance discovery of a collection of old photographs.
Roma Tearne, a Sri Lankan-born novelist and film-maker, gained her master’s degree at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford and is currently an AHRC Fellow at Oxford Brookes University. Her other novels include Mosquito (2008 shortlisted Costa first book award), Bone China, and The Road to Urbino. She has been shortlisted for the Kirimaya & LA Times book prize and long-listed for the Orange Prize in 2011 and, in 2012, the Asian Man Booker. In April Roma isWriter in Residence at the ImperialWar Museum archives, and on 24th October she is to create on the beach at Aldeburgh pieces of installation art and sound directly influenced by the story of the The Last Pier and its setting.
‘Tearne charts the patterns of love and loss with beautiful prose’ The Times
Call the Midwife is the late JenniferWorth’s number one bestselling true story of the East End in the 1950s and is now into a fourth BBC1 period drama series. The brothels of Cable Street, the Kray brothers and gang warfare, the meths drinkers in the bombsites – this is the world JenniferWorth entered when she became a midwife at the age of twenty-two. Her daughter Suzanna Hart and her husband Philip Worth discuss Jennifer’s story and read from and engage in a discussion on Letters to the Midwife a wonderful collection of correspondence received by JenniferWorth.
With a forward by Miranda Hart ‘Chummy’, it contains previously unpublished material.
‘by turns touching and irreverent … [a] portrayal of a fast-vanishing world.’ Mail on Sunday
JenniferWorth trained as a nurse at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, and was later ward sister at London’s Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and Marie Curie Hospitals. In 1973 she left nursing and taught piano and singing. She died in May 2001 after a short illness. Her other books Shadows of theWorkhouse, Farewell to the East End and In the Midst of Life have all been best sellers.
Oggy Boychev’s presentation, including two short films, of his factual thriller about the highly competitive world of international journalism. In telling some of the most memorable stories ever to appear on the Ten O’clock News, Oggy exposes his working relationship with John Simpson, one of the biggest names in broadcasting.
Oggy Boytchev made a dramatic escape from behind the Iron Curtain in Bulgaria in 1968. Shortly after arriving in London he joined the BBC World Service as a newsreader for the Bulgarian Section. Since the late eighties Oggy has been a producer of television news reports and documentaries from
more than forty countries and has covered the majority of international conflicts.
‘I think it’s excellent – exciting in places, funny in others …
a hugely valuable check to my own memories’ John Simpson
Online access to genealogy records means many of us can trace our ancestors through the ages. This workshop run by amateur genealogist, Susan Walker, covers basic research resources, bringing the past alive with stories expressed through booklets, videos and visual family trees. Participants are invited to bring their own stories to share with the group.
Susan Walker RSA, read English Literature at London University. After journalism, Susan focused on business communication for organisations including the British Institute of Management, and worked for Market and Opinion Research International (MORI), as a partner and director of the human resource and communication research practice. She has presented many topics at conferences and events, and is author of Employee Engagement and Communication Research.
Doors open at 6.30pm: CCS PTA’s Bar
SHORT YOGA DEMONSTRATION by Sophie Whitehouse
BANGED UP ABROAD
As featured worldwide on National Geographic Channel’s Banged Up Abroad, Shaun Attwood uses images and videos to describe his hardhitting journey through Arizona’s deadliest jail run by Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and his relationship with other inmates, and his own and their experiences.
Shaun Attwood arrived in Arizona a penniless business graduate from a small industrial town in Northwest England. He made millions as a day trader during the dot.com bubble but he also headed an organisation that distributed Ecstasy and was jailed. He read over a thousand books in just under six years. By studying psychology and philosophy, he sought to better understand himself and his past behaviour. His writing smuggled out of the jail attracted international media attention, which led to him becoming an author. Now he is also a public speaker and yogi. He campaigns against injustice via his books Party Time, Hard Time, Prison Time and a self-help book Lessons, and his blog www.jonsjailjournal.blogspot.co.uk. He has appeared on the BBC, Sky News and TV worldwide to talk about issues affecting prisoners’ rights.
‘a fast-paced easy style’ Hackney Hive
Denis MacShane discusses his book on the time he served in Belmarsh and Brixton Prisons where he found among the inmates ‘only warmth, friendship and shared solidarity.’
Denis MacShane, born in Glasgow in 1948 to an Irish mother and Polish father, read history at Merton College Oxford and has a PhD in International Economics Birkbeck, University of London. Youngest ever president of the National Union of Journalists, he is a former BBC Radio Birmingham producer and was sub-editor in the newsroom of the BBC World Service. Elected MP for Rotherham in 1994, he was Minister of State for Europe 2002-5. In 2009, the BNP made a complaint about the £12,900 he had claimed for networking in Europe. Found guilty of breaking Commons rules, his parliamentary career ended in 2012. He was charged with false accounting to which he pleaded guilty, and sent to Belmarsh and, later Brixton Prison. He is a regular contributor to openDemocracy www.opendemocracy.net
‘Brilliantly observed’ Daily Mail
‘MacShane is eloquent about the loneliness of being in prison.’ The Guardian
‘a fine piece of investigative journalism’ The Independent