Culture Vultures - June 2022
Can you believe that it's nearly June already? Here's our 'Queen of Culture' Corinne with her pick of cultural highlights that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own sofa. Anyone fancying a 'Wild Night In' need look no further........ :)
And here are the links.............
6 June 7.00 pm Crime Night
Internationally bestselling author Karen Rose was born and raised in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC. Her debut suspense novel, Don't Tell, was released in July 2003. Her twenty-sixth novel, Quarter To Midnight, will be released in August 2022.
Karen's books have appeared on bestseller lists all over the world and have been translated into more than twenty languages. Join Karen, online from Florida, to discuss her Sacramento Series and upcoming novel. If you love crime writing it doesn’t get better than this!
8 June and 22 June at 12.30 pm Art Bites on line
Art bites is a a conversation about 2 art works from Manchester's collection of art.
Using digital photographs of the art works, we discuss what we see, what we think about it, how it inspires us or repels us, what we find curious about it and how our own life experiences connect with it. It's based on the idea that we all have something to say about a visual image based on our experiences. You don't need to have an art history degree to understand art works, and the experience of a shared discussion can give us new perspectives.
We focus on two art works that might have a similar theme but may have been created in very different ways. The facilitator will ask a series of questions to get the conversation going and then we see where it takes us!
June 8 at 7.00 A Wild Night In
Join Dr. William Bird for an evening dedicated to nature, health and well-being: Why it matters now more than ever, and the importance of companionship and contact with nature. The event will be hosted on Zoom on Wednesday 8th June at 7pm.
9 June at 6.30 Wall Street on Film
Wall Street is both geographical and symbolic home to The New York Stock Exchange and major financial services. What happens in Wall Street affects us all - major stock market crashes, boom and bust economy and ‘cowboy capitalism’. The fall of Lehman Brothers on 15 September 2008 marked the start of the most devastating global financial recession in recent times. As a result, Wall Street became site of resistance and protest - the global Occupy movement started on Wall Street in response to the crash of 2008, while Michael Moore declared Wall Street a crime scene in his documentary Capitalism: A Love Story (2009).
15 June at 7.00 pm Cardiff book talk - Girl Woman Other - Bernardine Evaristo
From Newcastle to Cornwall, from the birth of the twentieth century to the teens of the twenty-first, Girl, Woman, Other follows a cast of twelve characters on their personal journeys through this country and the last hundred years. They're each looking for something - a shared past, an unexpected future, a place to call home, somewhere to fit in, a lover, a missed mother, a lost father, even just a touch of hope..."
21 June at 6.30. Kenneth Williams
Kenneth Williams was a film star and his movie career was predominantly comprised of the Carry On film series, appearing in 26 of these classic comedies over three decades. It wasn’t all a carry on though and from 1952, Kenneth featured in other celluloid treasures and this presentation takes a look at this other side of his life on the big screen. From his debut in Trent’s Last Case through to The Hound of the Baskervilles, this online presentation covers all the motion pictures that Kenneth appeared in other than the Carry On films and will look at Kenneth's performances as well as highlighting memorable appearances from his co-stars.
24 June 6.00pm Midsummer Day
24 June marks Midsummer Day, not to be confused with the summer solstice (which this year falls on 21 June). Whether midsummer is an ancient festival or not, people have been celebrating it in Britain since at least the late 14th century. It's a time of divination for the remainder of the year, summer parades and bonfires, casting spells, and community celebrations. This talk will explore the plants associated with Midsummer, the long-running link with fire, and the magic most often discussed at this time of year—including love magic!
Icy Sedgwick is the host of the Fabulous Folklore podcast, investigating European folklore and its appearances in popular culture. In case she tires of research, Icy also writes dark fantasy and Gothic horror fiction.
29 June at 7.00. Cardiff Booktalk
From her place in the store, Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, watches carefully the behaviour of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass in the street outside. She remains hopeful a customer will soon choose her, but when the possibility emerges that her circumstances may change for ever, Klara is warned not to invest too much in the promises of humans. In Klara and the Sun, his first novel since winning the Nobel Prize in Literature, Kazuo Ishiguro looks at our rapidly-changing modern world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator to explore a fundamental question: what does it mean to love?"
30 June 7.00 to 9.00. Greasley Castle
During 2021, the enigmatic remains of Greasley Castle (Nottinghamshire) were surveyed by Triskele Heritage. The aim of the project was to try and unpick traces of a mid-fourteenth century courtyard castle, built for Nicholas, 3rd Baron Cantelupe, from the later post-medieval farmyard buildings. This talk outlines the findings of the buildings archaeology survey. For the first time it is possible to understand the structure, layout, size and phasing of Greasley Castle. Surprisingly, the castle once had a great deal in common with other contemporary sites including Haddon Hall (Derbyshire) and Strelley Hall (Nottinghamshire). The story of the castle is one of the meteoric social rise of the Cantelupes family, the loss of the site by one of Richard III’s captains after Bosworth and its gradual transformation into a working farm.
The Corona Borealis is one of the few constellation of stars visible with the naked eye. In Europe we refer to it as the Northern Crown and there are references to these stars all the way back to the 2nd century. In art the story of Bacchus and Ariadne often depicts the Northern Crown and in this talk accredited lecturer Mariska Beekenkamp-Wladimiroff explains the story and how we can find it in a Dutch painting from the 17th century. https://youtu.be/tGJ5HesvidU