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Dr Blighty event at Jubilee Library

IMG_2859 (2)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!

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This month – Conversation Cafe with Gateways to First World War and author Douglas D’Enno

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. 

belongingWe’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.’

v0_largeWe’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 Brigdownloadhton. Douglas is the author of new book, Brighton in the Great War and writes: ‘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.

Historian Douglas d’Enno joins Conversations Cafe – April 2016

downloadWe’re pleased to add the historian Douglas d’Enno to our Conversations Cafe event for Wednesday April 13th 2.30-4.30pm at Fabrica gallery in Brighton. The event is free and all are welcome. Refreshments will be provided.

This session will also include a visit by Dr Sam Carroll of the Gateways to WWI project. Both will talk about aspects of their activities and experiences alongside discussions about the Great war.

Sessions are part of the World War I focussed Boys on the Plaque project and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

DOUGLAS d’ENNO is a historian, linguist and journalist who has made an exhaustive study of the impact of the First World War not only on Brighton but also on Britain’s fishermen and their vessels (the first volume of his Fishermen Against the Kaiser was published by Pen & Sword in 2010, with research continuing for the second). After a career associated with publishing and – primarily – as a professional translator, he has devoted himself (freelance work permitting) to writing and research.

Through contributions in the past to The Argus and local/community publications, he has established a reputation as a leading authority on Brighton and the surrounding area. Published works include The Saltdean Story (1985), The Church in a Garden (2001), Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths around Brighton (published by Wharncliffe/Pen & Sword in 2004), Brighton Crime and Vice 1800-2000 (published in 2007, also by by Wharncliffe/Pen & Sword), and a number of ‘then and now’ pictorial books on the Brighton area and on Sussex. A book on the county’s railway stations through time is in preparation.

Douglas writes as follows: ‘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.

Men flocked to the colours, with many of them making the supreme sacrifice (the names of no fewer than 2,597 of them – and three women – would be inscribed on the town’s memorial unveiled in 1922).

Brighton made a major contribution to the war effort in two other ways: by the care of the wounded (the story of the exotic Royal Pavilion being used as a hospital for Indian casualties is widely known locally) and by simply being itself: an open and welcoming resort, offering sanctuary, respite and entertainment to besieged Londoners above all but also to many others visitors, from every stratum of society.

In the background, women quietly played a vital part in areas such as transport services, industrial output and food production. Non-combatant menfolk also kept the wheels turning under very trying circumstances. When the meat shortage became acute, the Mayor himself took direct action, requisitioning ninety sheep at Brighton Station for the town which were destined for butchers’ shops in London.

Unveiling the memorial at The Steine on 7 October 1922, Earl Beatty acknowledged that ‘it was by duty and self-sacrifice that the war was won.’ It remained, he said, for those who had survived the conflict to ensure that the great sacrifices of the past, both by the dead and the living, should not have been made in vain. We remember them in this book.’

Brighton Black History

2015-11-11 14.35.54We had a lovely time at our WWI themed Conversation Cafes yesterday, meeting at Jubilee Library, Brighton with speaker Cuthbert Williams MBE, Chair of the organisation Brighton Black History, sharing stories of the BME community in the city during the Great War. Many thanks to him for taking time to come and meet our group and to Jubilee Library for hosting us for the session.

Our free WWI reminiscence CONVERSATION CAFÉS continue next month, taking place on the second Wednesday of every month. The next session is on Wednesday 9th December at Hove Library with Margaret Curson of the Rare Books Archive from 2.30-4.30pm. All welcome!

This is part of our project, The Boys on the Plaque: Unearthing Hidden Histories of WWI Soldiers from Brighton & Hove. For those interested in finding out more about this project and these themes from WWI in the city of Brighton – join our Conversation Cafes for reminiscence activities, outings and events.

*** See full programme of free events here: Project Dates – Conversation cafes ***

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Cuthbert Williams MBE discusses WWI Brighton’s black history – free Conversation Cafe this month

Our free WWI reminiscence CONVERSATION CAFÉS continue this month, taking place on the second Wednesday of every month. This month’s session is onWednesday 11th November at Jubilee Library from 2.30-4.30pm. All welcome!

This month we welcome Cuthbert Williams MBE, Chair of the organisation Brighton Black History.  He will join our group for an informal discussion about Indian soldiers at the Royal Pavilion and BME lives in the city during the Great War.

We will also have a brief look at our WWI themed book to accompany our sessions this winter: A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie. This has been kindly supplied by Brighton and Hove Library and Information Service.

This is part of our project, The Boys on the Plaque: Unearthing Hidden Histories of WWI Soldiers from Brighton & Hove. For those interested in finding out more about this project and these themes from WWI in the city of Brighton – join our Conversation Cafes for reminiscence activities, outings and events.

*** See full programme of free events here: Project Dates – Conversation cafes ***

A God in every Stone – WWI novel accompanying Conversation Cafes.

We hosted a really lovely session today with our new Conversation Cafe group at Fabrica gallery and the Friends Meeting House in Brighton. Reminiscence activities, new WWI novels, an update from the Boys on the Plaque research group co-ordinator Ross Hammond, a talk about our WWI memorial plaque, plus tea and biscuits.

downloadWe’ve been loaned copies of the WWI novel ‘A God in every Stone’ by Kamila Sharmsie from Brighton and Hove Library service, thanks to them for this. We will be reading this in tandem with sessions up to Christmas.

See you for our next session on Wednesday 11th November!

Ale Tales, one year on

ale_v3_webThank you!

One year ago, Strike a Light’s Ale Tales book was successfully match funded by a Kickstarter campaign with support from you!

Competition

To celebrate, we’ve got ten copies to send out for free.

To be eligible for this:

First – like our Strike a Light Face book page and share this update on Facebook.

Once done, the first ten people to then email strikealight@rocketmail.com with their address will be sent a free copy!

You can also download it free from here if you prefer a digital copy.

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Ale and Hearty final event – 2014

Strike a Light hosted a project book launch recently in Lewes (January 2014).

This involved a drop-in crafts workshop to make slumber pillows using heritage local hops, showcasing our Ale and Hearty project exhibition, a screening of our Ale Tales film, wild food cafe, and free beer tasting.

The hit of the evening was a round table discussion about brewing with Miles Jenner, Master Brewer from Harveys Brewery, David Muggleton – Editor of The Sussex DrinkerGodfrey Broster the brewing vicar, and John Copper of the singing Copper Family.

We had a packed house and a great time, in part due to the generous beer provisions donated by Harveys of Lewes!

Ale and Hearty was an HLF funded social history project about brewing and related agriculture and industry around Lewes.

This project is now finished – 2014

 

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Ale and Hearty competition – Win a free copy of Ale Tales!

Ale and Hearty Competition 

Win a FREE copy of our new Ale Tales book, plus one other related book on this theme.

These will go to the first 20 people who contact us via our Strike a Light website by the end of April 2014.

Click here for contact details.

 

 

New book and postcards!

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OS map of Lewes including malthouses and breweries with kind permission of the East Sussex Record Office.

We’ve just added our new Ale Tales book and related Ale and Hearty postcards to our website for you to view for free. This is to celebrate the last month of our HLF funded Ale and Hearty project.

You can visit the link here to see and download them, as well as some of the images from our exhibition.

If you’d liketo see the exhibition for yourself, it will be having a final showing for one day only! This will be this coming Saturday 18th January at the St Thomas a Beckett Hall, Cliffe High Street, Lewes from 12-3.30pm.

We will be hosting a series of drop in creative activities, as well as the exhibition and Ale Tales film. It’s free and no need to book. Should you want further information,please email aleandheartylewes@gmail.com

The evening event for this is now fully booked.