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Strike a Light Indian Soldiers in WWI talk – 8th October

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An event to celebrate Black History Month
Nicola Benge – Creative Director of Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage will be speaking at Shoreham Wordfest next week about the period of history around Indian Soldiers at Brighton Pavilion in WWI.
This will be an hour long talk with images including a conversation with writer Umi Sinha, followed by a live Q+A.
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Monday 8th October 7.30pm at Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham.
Tickets available for £6: http://www.shorehamwordfest.com/

Presented by Creative Director of Strike a Light- Arts & Heritage – Nicola Benge about the period of history around Indian Soldiers at Brighton Pavilion in WWI and also in conversation with author and teacher Umi Sinha, who will read and discuss extracts from her novel, ‘Belonging’.
Approximately 1.3 million Indian soldiers served in World War One, and over 74,000 of them lost their lives, but history has mostly forgotten these sacrifices.
 
This hour-long illustrated talk (from both fact and fiction perspectives) explores how the presence of Indian Soldiers hospitalised at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton between 1915- 1916 impacted on the city and the soldiers themselves during the First World War and beyond.
 
Find out more about all the great events taking place at Shoreham Wordfest 2018 here: http://www.shorehamwordfest.com/

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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Dr Blighty lunchtime talk in Brighton Festival

Come join us this Thursday for a free lunchtime heritage and literary event for the Dr Blighty Indian 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

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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)
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