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Today we welcome Hannah Morgan to the blog. Hannah is the events organiser for the Touch Network. Read on to find out more about the highly popular and inspiring, evenings the group hold. Why did you create your story telling evenings? Our story telling events came out of our founders experience of how storytelling helped...
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“…you are going to die, but that is what you came to do.” So said the reverend Isaac Wauchope Dyobha on deck as the SS Mendi sunk off the coast of the Isle of Wight. The SS Mendi was chartered in WWI to carry black South African men to France as support for the war...
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Southampton’s SO: To Speak Festival is proud to announce its official 2017 charity partnership with Dementia Friendly Southampton. Southampton Festivals is a not-for-profit always looking to convert its social mission into practice. Aiming to be as inclusive as possible, the festival will provide training for its volunteers in keeping with Dementia Friendly Southampton’s aims. There...
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Want to volunteer at SO: To Speak 2017? We are looking for people who want to help us make SO: To Speak a great festival. The festival is mainly organised by volunteers, and we need a few people to help us out at the actual events between 19th and 28th October. Event support This involves...
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Today we welcome historian and writer James Evans to the blog. James will be talking about his non-fiction book, Emigrants – in which Southampton and the Mayflower play key roles – on 24th October from 7:30pm at the Central Library. Tickets start at £5.90 and can be purchased here. How long have you been a...
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The Ted Hughes Award shortlists. Forward Prize commendations. Wire Magazine. BBC Radio 3. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This is Hannah Silva. The award-winning poet, playwright, and performer will be joining the SO: To Speak festival for 2 fantastic events: a performance of her incredibly successful one-woman show, Schlock!, and a workshop in the art of...
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Today we welcome historian and writer Cheryl Butler to the blog. Cheryl will be in conversation with James Gough of the Southampton Cultural Development Trust, on Thursday 19th October from 19:30 at the Central Library. Tickets are available on Eventbrite. Where are you from? I was born and brought up in Southampton; my mother’s family...
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The programme for October’s SO: To Speak Festival of Words is announced today, boasting over 60 events including the premier of a new play about Jane Austen. Running from Thursday 19th to Saturday 28th October, the festival line-up includes celebrated performance poet, Lemn Sissay and Pam Ayres at the Nuffield theatre, writer and historian James...
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Southampton’s Festival of Words, SO: To Speak, is set to return to the city on 19th October for 10 days with more than 60 events. Supported with a grant from Arts Council England, the festival will showcase the city’s own talents as well as bring nationally known authors, historians and poets to Southampton. Local organisations...
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7th September: Another ten days of events that celebrate Southampton’s creativity, heritage, stories, and people. SO: To Speak is back again! This year we are so pleased and grateful that Arts Council England have the faith in what we started in 2015 to support this year’s festival. Southampton Festivals’ aim is to support creativity in...
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