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May 2019

  Presented by Speakers from the Edge Around the World in 80 Days - Mark Beaumont set out to make this Victorian fiction a two wheeled reality. Having smashed the circumnavigation cycling World Record twice in his career, he now holds this 18,000 mile title in a time of 78 days and 14 hours, averaging 240 miles a day. Over the past decade, Mark’s epic documentaries have taken viewers to over 100 countries, into the Arctic, the high mountains and…

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June 2019

  Falconry is arguably one of the oldest working animal relationships with man. The purpose of this ‘Noble Art of Falconry’ was originally to put food on the table. Over time its purposes changed: first to a sport for the rich and, more recently, to assist in saving lives on airports, and clearing rubbish dumps from unwanted scavengers. This talk (by Director of the International Centre for Birds of Prey, Jemima Parry-Jones MBE) looks at Falconry through the ages and includes…

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  Wonderful colour film alongside great stories of effort, patience and ultimate triumph. The inland waterways were the life-blood of the first industrial revolution.They ushered in a ‘golden age’ that lasted until the railways came along. Passing through some of Britian's most picturesque landscapes they would have disappeared completely if it were not for the efforts of a few committed individuals. TV director David Parker, who made the BBC film The Golden Age of Canals tells the story of how…

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  Malvern Civic Society Midsummer Malvern Dr John Harcup 900 Years of Music Making on The Malverns Local historian Dr John Harcup has written a new talk for Midsummer Malvern focussing on our rich musical heritage. He is joined by classically trained soprano, Linda Tolchard and Tim Sidford (piano) who have performed locally and nationally. They will provide musical examples for the talk. Dr Harcup has unearthed forgotten facts about Malvern's musical past as well as highlighting music making today.…

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September 2019

  Presented by Speakers from the Edge One of the best young climbers in the world, Hazel Findlay presents a talk about her life and climbs to explore how we can use a sport such as climbing – something that we are passionate about - to put us in hard places that push us beyond what we thought we were capable of; how in this struggle we can discover the way our minds work and how to ‘hack’ them, so…

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  On Tuesday, September 10th, the wait is over….The Testaments, Margaret Atwood’s highly anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, is revealed. The momentous literary event will be celebrated with an exclusive live cinema broadcast, as Fane Productions present an evening with the Canadian novelist, poet, literary critic and inventor. The publication of Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale in 1985 and the current, Emmy Award-winning television series have created a cultural phenomenon, as handmaids have become a symbol of women’s rights and…

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  He befriended Nelson Mandela, fought in the 1980s race riots and recorded radical and relevant reggae music with Bob Marley’s former band. Benjamin Zephaniah was unable to read and write at school but became one of Britain’s most remarkable poets. And now he’s back with his first tour in eight years, to coincide with his autobiography, The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah. In a compelling and inspiring show, Zephaniah will explain how he fought injustice and discrimination to lead a remarkable…

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October 2019

  No Ashes year would be complete without An Evening With Boycott and Aggers and there’s nothing like a battle with the old enemy to bring out the belligerent best in our Geoffrey! The boys will be watching every ball and win, lose or draw, Geoffrey will tell Jonathan exactly what he thinks about the players, their performance and many other subjects in this brilliant, brand new show. As anyone who has been before knows, this show is so much…

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