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Sir Andrew Motion
Jun
8
7:30 PM19:30

Sir Andrew Motion

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Andrew Motion’s prose memoir, In the Blood (2006), was widely acclaimed, praised as ‘an act of magical retrieval’ (Daily Telegraph) and ‘a hymn to familial love’ (Independent). Now, having left UK shores and the bounds of his laureateship, Motion looks back once more to recreate a stunning biographical sequel – but this time, in verse. Essex Clay rekindles, expands and gives a tragic resonance to subjects that have haunted Motion throughout his writing life. The poem’s wealth of physical detail and its narrative momentum make it as compelling as a fast-paced novel: a settling of accounts which admits that final resolutions are impossible.

Andrew Motion was Poet Laureate from 1999 to 2009 and is co-founder of the online Poetry Archive; in 2015 he was appointed a Homewood Professor in the Arts at Johns Hopkins University. He has received numerous awards for his poetry, including most recently the Ted Hughes Award (2015), and has published four celebrated biographies, a novella, The Invention of Dr Cake (2003) and a memoir, In the Blood (2006). Andrew Motion was knighted for his services to poetry in 2009.

This event is funded by Poetry on Loan in partnership with Shropshire Libraries. Poetry on Loan promotes contemporary poetry across West Midlands. For more information about Poetry on Loan visit www.poetryonloan.org.uk and to find out more about Shropshire Libraries visit www.shropshire.gov.uk/libraries

This event will be held in the Main Auditorium. We have dedicated wheelchair spaces in the stalls.  If you require a wheelchair space, please call box office on 01584 878 141

Tickets: £12.50

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Border Lines: A Panel Discussion
Apr
8
12:00 PM12:00

Border Lines: A Panel Discussion

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The Irish border is never far from today’s Brexit-driven headlines. Savouring Ludlow’s position near another dividing line, Katy Hamilton looks at different lines of musical demarcation. A panel discussion explores other issues arising over the Weekend.

On the panel will be Lorraine Byrne Bodley, John Gilhooly, Philip Hammond, Aidan Thomson and Linda O’Shea Farren.

This event will be held in the Main Auditorium at Ludlow Assembly Rooms. Tickets: £10

SAVER TICKETS:

Saver tickets offer you access to all Ludlow English Song Weekend events-

Saver A: £235 (includes meals)

Saver B: £140 (excludes meals)

For more information, please call our Box Office on 01584 878141

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Pomes Penyeach: Yeats, Joyce and their legacy
Apr
7
5:00 PM17:00

Pomes Penyeach: Yeats, Joyce and their legacy

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Katy Hamilton chairs a panel looking at the words behind this Weekend’s music.

On the panel will be Lorraine Byrne Bodley, Philip Lancaster, Ann Murray and Aidan Thomson.

This event will be held in the Main Auditorium at Ludlow Assembly Rooms. Tickets: £10

 

SAVER TICKETS:

Saver tickets offer you access to all Ludlow English Song Weekend events-

Saver A: £235 (includes meals)

Saver B: £140 (excludes meals)

For more information, please call our Box Office on 01584 878141

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Being Irish: A Cross Fertilization of Musical Cultures
Apr
7
10:00 AM10:00

Being Irish: A Cross Fertilization of Musical Cultures

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Following her success in Ludlow 2017, we are delighted to welcome Katy Hamilton back as panel chair. Here she looks ahead at the Weekend, leading a discussion of its composers, its ideologies and its challenges. 

On the panel will be Martin Bussey, John Gilhooly, Aidan Thomson and Ailish Tynan.

This event will be held at Ludlow Assembly Rooms. Tickets: £10

 

SAVER TICKETS:

Saver tickets offer you access to all Ludlow English Song Weekend events-

Saver A: £235 (includes meals)

Saver B: £140 (excludes meals)

For more information, please call our Box Office on 01584 878141

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Professor Robert Winston
Feb
4
2:30 PM14:30

Professor Robert Winston

NOTICE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Professor Robert Winston is unable to join us for this upcoming date. Keep an eye out for his appearance here in the future. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Improve Your Learning

We all can improve how we learn.

We learn fastest when young, but we can continue effective learning into old age.

If we keep learning we are likely to be healthier, happier and have a useful, longer life.

This exciting, illustrated talk shows how recent research highlights not only how valuable learning is, but also what we all can do to improve our learning in and out of school, and reap the rewards long afterwards.

Robert Winston, one of the most instantly recognisable scientists in the country is a compelling speaker, bringing complex issues to life with infectious enthusiasm and energy. He will take a Q&A session at the end of his talk.

We have dedicated wheelchair spaces in the stalls.  If you require a wheelchair space, please call box office on 01584 878 141

This event is held in the Main Auditorium. Tickets: £18.50

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Martin Parr
Sep
23
7:30 PM19:30

Martin Parr

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The Photo Space, Ludlow, proudly presents this exciting opportunity to meet and hear Martin Parr and to see the work of this hugely influential photographer.

Martin is a chronicler of our age. His photographs are original and entertaining, and document people's lives, close up and personal. He has been described as " the visual equivalent of Alan Bennett" (the Observer)

Martin will show and talk about his work and judge a competition, and there will be a few surprises!

Photographer or not, this will be a fun and amusing evening.

For more information about The Photo Space, visit www.thephotospace.co.uk

We have dedicated wheelchair spaces in the stalls.  If you require a wheelchair space, please call box office on 01584 878 141

This event will be held in the main Auditorium. Tickets: £15 / £12 groups of 4 - 7 / £10 groups of 8+

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An Evening about Rewilding
Sep
9
7:30 PM19:30

An Evening about Rewilding

With Pentabus Theatre Company

They’re introducing wolves in the Scottish highlands, beavers in Devon and wild boar in the Forest of Dean - just how much wild are we comfortable with?

Pentabus Theatre Company is thrilled to be hosting An Evening About Rewilding chaired by award winning landscape and wildlife photographer, and author Andrew Fusek Peters.

Come and hear different perspectives of the contentious subject of Rewilding at Ludlow Assembly Rooms on 9 September, from a panel of rewilding enthusiasts and experts. The panel includes author Jay Griffiths (most recent works include Wild: An Elemental Journey and Kith: The Riddle of the Childscape.), Anthony Haighway (wildlife enthusiast with a particular interest in Wolves and founder of Wolf Watch UK), Richard Yates (Fourth generation Bridgnorth farmer running a mixed dairy, sheep, beef and arable business on three farms. Long-standing participant in agri-environment schemes. Chairman of Burwarton Show 2001-2013, Chairman of Shropshire NFU 2014-16.), and rewilding expert  Alicia Leow-Dyke (Welsh Beaver Project Officer from Radnorshire Wildlife Trust). Along with Olivier award nominee playwright Joel Horwood discussing the inspiration behind his new play, Wolves Are Coming For You commissioned by Pentabus Theatre Company which will be touring nationally this autumn.

This event will be held in Oscars. Tickets: £10 / £7 concessions.

 

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An Audience with Martin Bell - War and the Death of the News
Jun
16
7:30 PM19:30

An Audience with Martin Bell - War and the Death of the News

Since being offered the post of Grade B Reporter by the BBC in 1964, Martin Bell has spent more than half a century in the unquiet corners of the world, including four years in the surrogate war zone of the House of Commons. From Vietnam to Bosnia and beyond, the former BBC correspondent has been in the thick of it and has witnessed most of the wars of a turbulent half century.

His conclusions in his new book War and the Death of News are first hand and personal. He draws on his memories as a soldier and journalist, his broadcast reports, his notebooks and diaries, and original documents that he extracted from the war zones. He writes of the pity of war and (usually) its futility; of the failures that occur when armed force is chosen by politicians who have had, themselves, no experience of it; of the complex and ever-changing relationship between the media and the military; of the dangerous disregard of the lessons of history; of attempts to establish a system of international justice; of wars of religion and climate change; of truth and falsehood in news reporting; of the hazards of the 24/7 news cycle; of a TV news that, being no longer an eyewitness, censors the real world violence and peers across frontiers with the help of unverifiable videos. And of a journalism in retreat – the Death of News.
 
PLUS a post-talk Q&A session.

This event is in the Main Auditorium - Tickets are £17/£15 concessions

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Feb
27
7:00 PM19:00

“The Enigma of St Thomas’s Chapel, Ludlow”

Jonathan Wood

“The Enigma of St Thomas’s Chapel, Ludlow”

Jonathan is a full-time writer, architectural historian and town guide in Ludlow, who has extensively researched St Thomas’ Chapel, a building which has seen many changes in its long history and is now a private house.  It is the oldest building in Ludlow outside the castle. Jonathan’s research has raised many interesting questions which will feature in his talk.  The owner of the Chapel, Camilla Caldwell, has kindly agreed to open up the Chapel at the end of the talk providing a rare opportunity for members to view it.

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Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

Intuition

Dr Simon NIghtingale 

Simon Nighingale is a semi-retired consultant clinical neurologist with a particular interest in philosophical aspects of neuroscience - such as consciousness, free will, the neural substrate of empathy and morality. In this talk he will explore what we mean by intuition.

He has worked as a humanist for many years, leading humanist funerals and weddings, and is currently chair of Shropshire Humanist group.

He is also a keen metagrobologist and an award-winning designer of mechanical puzzles. (Metagrobology is the study of puzzles)

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