Strike a Light in partnership with Nutkhut and Brighton and Hove Libraries Service hosted a lunchtime event today at Jubilee Library.
We were pleased to invite Artistic Director Ajay Chhabra of Nutkhut and author Umi Sinha to discuss the Dr Blighty project currently taking place in the city during Brighton Festival, alongside the novel Belonging, both of which explore the theme of Indian Soldiers in Brighton during WWI and colonialism during that time and beyond. It was an interesting and rich experience with in-depth historical information and thoughts on this period of Britain and India’s past.
We had a full house, followed up the event with an audience Q+A and followed this with chai from the library cafe and a book signing!
Come join us this Thursday for a free lunchtime heritage and literary event for the Dr BlightyIndian Soldiers project, part of Brighton Festival.
This is a lunchtime event. Feel free to bring your own lunch, and Temptations cafe in the library will also be open for lunches and refreshments. They will serve a specially made Indian Chai drink to accompany the event. Thursday 12th May 12-1.30pm, Jubilee Library, Jubilee Square, Brighton
Dr Blighty Brighton Festival lunchtime event (Free) –
The event includes:
* A talk with Artistic Director of Nutkhut, Ajay Chhabra who discusses Dr Blighty, an ambitious new project inspired by an untold story of the First World War, remembering an unexpected episode in Brighton’s history when the Royal Pavilion Estate became a military hospital for wounded Indian soldiers.
* Author of new novel Belonging, Umi Sinha will read from her book chronicling the darkest days of the British Raj to the aftermath of the First World War. The story is a compelling and finely wrought epic of love and loss, of race and ethnicity, of homeland – and of belonging.
* Q&A session with event audience and speakers
* This will be followed by an author book signing – copies of her new book will be available at the event, or bring your own copy. All welcome!
With thanks to Brighton and Hove Libraries and Information Service for their support. (with thanks to Brighton and Hove Libraries and Information Service for their support)
Strike a Light is organising this free lunchtime event for the Dr Blighty project, Brighton on Thursday 12th May 12-1.30pm (with thanks to Brighton and Hove Libraries and Information Service for their support) Dr Blighty Brighton Festival lunchtime event (Free) –
Talk and Q & A with Artistic Director of Nutkhut, Ajay Chhaabra who discusses Dr Blighty, an ambitious new project inspired by an untold story of the First World War, remembering an unexpected episode in Brighton’s history when the Royal Pavilion Estate became a military hospital for wounded Indian soldiers.
Author of new novel Belonging, Umi Sinha will read from the book moving from the darkest days of the British Raj through to the aftermath of the First World War. The story is a compelling and finely wrought epic of love and loss, of race and ethnicity, of homeland – and of belonging.
This will be followed by an author book signing.
All welcome Free, Jubilee Library, 12-1.30pm Thursday 12th May 2015
This is a lunchtime event and the library cafe will be open for lunches and refreshments at the same time.
We’re hosting a Conversations Cafe with not one but two speakers this month!
The session takes place on Wednesday 13th April at Jubilee Library 2.30-4.30pm. Free to all.
We’ll be starting a new book, a novel by local author Umi Sinha called Belonging, provided by the Brighton and Hove Libraries Service. From the darkest days of the British Raj through to the aftermath of the First World War, BELONGING tells the interwoven story of three generations and their struggles to understand and free themselves from a troubled history steeped in colonial violence. It is a novel of secrets that unwind through Lila’s story, through her grandmother’s letters home from India and the diaries kept by her father, Henry, as he puzzles over the enigma of his birth and his stormy marriage to the mysterious Rebecca.’
We’ll be welcoming Dr Sam Carroll of the Gateways to WWI project who will talk about the breadth of this project, and discuss aspects of their activities and experiences alongside discussions about the Great War.
Gateways to the First World War is a centre for public engagement with the First World War centenary funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The aim of the Gateways team is to encourage and support public interest in the centenary of the First World War through a range of events and activities such as open days and study days, advice on access to materials and expertise, and signposting for other resources and forms of support.
We will also be meeting historian Douglas d’Enno, a historian, linguist and journalist who has made an exhaustive study of the impact of the First World War on Brighton. Douglas is the author of new book, Brighton in the Great Warandwrites: ‘Although the impact of the Great War on Brighton was profound in many ways, the town was spared any direct attack by the enemy. The fear of spies and sabotage, however, was widespread at first and aliens were an issue which had to be swiftly resolved under new legislation. Allies, of course, were warmly welcomed, with accommodation soon being found in particular for those fleeing the catastrophic events in Belgium.’
Sessions are part of the World War I focussed Boys on the Plaque project and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage CIC is a community arts and heritage organisation based in Brighton, working across Sussex.