QueenSpark Book Launch – photostories

Strike a Light sits on the Management Committee of QueenSpark Books  and would love it if you would attend our new book  launch:

You are cordially invited to the launch of the Brighton & Hove Photographic Collection website and publication. 6.30pm, Thursday 20th October, The Old Courtroom, Church Street, Brighton (the alley to the side of Cote Brasserie)

The online Collection features hundreds of never-seen-before historic and contemporary photographs, freely donated by the public, and fully searchable. QueenSpark’s new book ‘Brighton & Hove Photographic Collection – Volume 1’ is a selection of 50 images from the Collection, and will be on sale at a special discounted price at the event.

Search for a photograph – by decade, location or theme – curate your own collection for others to view, and upload your own images at http://www.photosbrightonandhove.org.uk (from 20th October). QueenSpark would like to thank Kevin Bacon, and the Royal Pavilion & Museums, for their support.

The QueenSpark AGM will take place on Thursday 20th October, at 5.30pm, at the Old Courtroom, Church Street, Brighton. If you would like to attend, please telephone 01273 571710, and leave your contact details – we will then send you the relevant documents.


White Night event – Sat 29th October

Strike a Light is organising a FREE event which is part of Brighton’s White Night—Saturday 29th October, 8-11pm at Pavilion Gardens Cafe, Pavilion Gardens, New Road, Brighton BN1 1UZ .
‘Hope springs eternal’ – An intimate musical soiree with dancing, showcasing a film about Hope from arts and heritage organisation Strike a Light.
The event will host a perambulating swing band around the Pavilion Gardens Cafe, welcoming in passersby to dance, Desert Ivan Discs spinning some old faithful on 78s with a film backdrop celebrating the theme of hope, all accompanied by tea and cake.
The short film will be projected on a loop, whilst photographic bunting displays images of happy life events. Fairy lights create an affectionate atmosphere, encouraging visitors to linger a while and experience the positives of growing older.
A cosy, artistic night which will welcome discerning punters of all ages.

White Night – Brighton 29th October 2011

Strike a Light’s ‘Hope Springs Eternal’ event coming along nicely for Brighton’s White Night on Sat 29th Oct.

Looks like we’ll be having a 1930s dancing chorus line, Desert Ivan Discs, Swing Zazou, a film by Si Mitchell and tea and cake – what more could you want… oh and its free!


Ale exhibition at Lewes Library

On Friday 12th and Saturday 13th August 9.30-5pm, Lewes Library will host an exciting, free event aimed at celebrating the heritage of ale,  brewing and related agricultural industries in Lewes.  The two day exhibition will display photographic memories and tales, from a time when Lewes laid claim to nine local breweries, to unearth the hidden history of one of the main industries of the town in the last 300 years.

The exhibition which will also draw on materials from East Sussex Records Office and support from Harveys Brewery, aims to encourage visitors to contribute their memories to help build up archive material from the past. We encourage visitors to leave memories of local brewing, ale, and agricultural and brewery working life.

Bring along photos and documents to be scanned and added to the exhibition!A selection pack of ale from Harveys Brewery is a prize for one lucky person who will have their Lewes brewing memories contribution plucked from a hat!

The exhibition is organised in conjunction with the arts and heritage organisation Strike a Light. To find out more about this event, please contact Nicola Benge strikealight@rocketmail.com http://www.strikealight.org
Lewes Library is fully accessible.

On my radio

Sarah Hutchings of City Reads (www.cityreads.co.uk), and Nicola Benge of Strike a Light spoke on Radio Reverb today about the City Reads, Read Aloud project.

The project involves four groups of participants across Brighton and Hove participating in led activities with trained Reading Champions about one book until the end of September 2011:

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