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March 2019

English Law – a great English export?

Tuesday, 5th March 2019, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Apostle Room, Clifton Catholic Cathedral, Bristol, Clifton Catholic Cathedral
Bristol, BS8 3BX United Kingdom
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A talk by Robert Bourns of TLT Solicitors. Time: 7.45pm, refreshments available from 7.15pm Cost: Members entrance £2; Guests and visitors £5 Venue: The Apostle room of Clifton Catholic Cathedral, BS8 3BX

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Author Joan Ward discusses her book ‘Living with Arabs’

Thursday, 7th March 2019, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Joan started out with a commission in the RAF before starting a teaching career. Her last post before retirement was Head of English at the International Community School in Amman.  On her retirement in 2006 she remained in Jordan and spent many years living in Um Sayhoun with the Petra Bedouin. She has chronicled her experiences in her book “Living with Arabs” and she will share her experiences with us this morning. Time: 10.15 am  (when coffee/tea is served).  The…

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April 2019

Bristol and the legacy of the slave trade

Tuesday, 2nd April 2019, 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm
The Apostle Room, Clifton Catholic Cathedral, Bristol, Clifton Catholic Cathedral
Bristol, BS8 3BX United Kingdom
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A talk by Dr. Madge Dresser, Honorary Professor of Historical Studies, University of Bristol. Time: 7.45pm, refreshments available from 7.15pm Cost: Members entrance £2, guests and visitors £5 Venue: The Apostle room of Clifton Catholic Cathedral, BS8 3BX

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May 2019

AGM followed by ‘Women and Leadership’

Thursday, 16th May 2019, 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm

Annual General Meeting followed by ‘Women and Leadership’ talk by Ms Jo Butler, Headteacher, Cotham School. Time: 7.15pm Cost: Members entrance £2; Guests and visitors £5 Venue: The Apostle room of Clifton Catholic Cathedral, BS8 3BX

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June 2019

Voice in a foreign language born in Belgrade

Wednesday, 19th June 2019, 1:00 am - Thursday, 20th June 2019, 12:59 am
Exeter Golf & Country Club, Topsham Road
Exeter, EX277AE United Kingdom
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Vesna Goldsworthy is the Professor of Creative Writing at both the Universities of Exeter and East Anglia. Vesna is a poet, novelist and a memoirist and is best known for her book ‘Chernobyl Strawberries’. Vesna will discuss her background and the subtleties of understanding and being understood , in both language and manner when adopting to a foreign country and how she now feels that England is ‘home’. Cost: Members £24.00 and guests £26.00 Venue: Exeter Golf & Country Club Contact:…

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ESU Performing Shakespeare Grand Final 2019

Friday, 21st June 2019, 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Dartmouth House, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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Description Join us on Friday, 21st June 2019 to see young people aged 11-14 from across England and Wales give a performance of their chosen speech from one of Shakespeare's plays. The Performing Shakespeare Competition is designed to allow Key Stage 3 pupils the opportunity to experience Shakespeare's plays as they were intended – on the stage. Using theatre and performance skills to engage with the texts, our performers bring to life some of the world's most famous speeches in…

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January 2020

ESU-Churchill Public Speaking Competition, Bristol Final

Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Redmaids’ High School, Westbury Road
Bristol, BS9 3AW United Kingdom
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ESU-Churchill Public Speaking Competition, Bristol Final

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December 2020

ONLINE EVENT: WHY DO WE DEBATE?

Wednesday, 2nd December 2020, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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Join us to explore the purpose of debate in civil society. The discussion, chaired by Prof. James Raven, Chair of the ESU, will be led by our panel: Dr Katie East, Lecturer in the History of Radical Ideas at Newcastle University; Bilal Mahmood, ESU Governor, senior legal consultant for China Construction Bank, and internationally acknowledged mentor to generations of young debaters; and Christopher L. Peterson, the Democratic candidate for the Governorship of Utah and John J. Flynn Endowed Professor of…

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