WEDNESDAY 7 NOVEMBER AT 7PM: "THE NEW MASCULINITY"
A discussion on the place of the artist and artistic performance in the redefinition of gender roles, moderated by Victoire Tuaillon, journalist and host of the podcast "Les couilles sur la table".
Philip Venables' music is often concerned with violence, sexuality, politics and speech. He collaborates extensively in cross-media work, including with artist Douglas Gordon, with drag/performance artist David Hoyle, and with violinist Pekka Kuusisto. His debut album Below the Belt was released in 2018.
Chris Hemmings is a journalist and author of the book 'Be A Man - How macho culture damages us and how to escape it'. The book looks at the myriad of ways in which the male pursuit of dominance damages men, women, boys and girls both physically and mentally. Chris has written on the subject for numerous national newspapers, made films for the BBC and now speaks at schools, universities and places of work to promote a healthier idea of what it means to be a man.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16TH AT 7PM: "CULTURE, CLASS AND SOCIETY"
Kit de Waal was born in Birmingham to an Irish mother and Caribbean father. She worked for fifteen years in criminal and family law, for Social Services and the Crown Prosecution Service. She is a founding member of Leather Lane Writers and Oxford Narrative Group and has won numerous awards for her short stories and flash fiction. MY NAME IS LEON, her debut novel won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year 2017 and was shortlisted for numerous other awards including the Costa First Book Award and the Desmond Elliott Prize. THE TRICK TO TIME, her second novel, was published in 2018 and longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction.
Director Sean McAllister is known for his candid, frank films, depicting with extraordinary intimacy the lives of ordinary people who are struggling to survive but are survivors, caught up in political and personal conflict, struggling to make sense of the world we live in. From his early films Working For The Enemy (1997) and The Minders (1998), Sundance Jury Prize-winning The Liberace Of Baghdad (2004) and Japan: A Story Of Love And Hate (2008) to his more recent successes, The Reluctant Revolutionary and Sheffield Jury Prize winning, BAFTA nominated A Syrian Love Story (2015), Sean’s work continues to inspire, to surprise and to fascinate audiences. In 2017, Sean was director of the opening ceremony of the Hull City of Culture –setting the year off with record audiences: 1.5 times the city’s population attended the opening week events.