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Mass Observation Day 12 May

Mass Observation Day One day a year, there’s a call for people in Britain to send their anonymous diary accounts of their day http://www.massobs.org.uk/write-for-us/12th-may. After over a year of living through a global pandemic, this year’s contributions will be very telling. If people also send them to today@bbc.co.uk, extracts may get read out on Thursday … Continue reading “Mass Observation Day 12 May”

11 May 2021 by
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Royal Society of Literature 200

To celebrate their 200th birthday, the Royal Society of Literature have launched two new new programmes: RSL Open, championing the excellence of writers from communities that have been under-represented in UK literary culture and RSL International Writers, celebrating the power of literature to transcend borders.

3 December 2020 by
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400th anniversary of the birth of Aelbert Cuyp, Dutch landscape painter

Aelbert Jacobsz Cuyp (20 October 1620–15 November 1691) was one of the leading Dutch Golden Age painters, producing mainly landscapes. He was the most famous of a family of painters – his grandfather and uncle worked in stained glass and his father was a portraitist. He is especially known for his large views of Dutch … Continue reading “400th anniversary of the birth of Aelbert Cuyp, Dutch landscape painter”

20 October 2020 by
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Sukkot 2-9 October

Sukkot commemorates the years that the Jews spent in the desert on their way to the Promised Land, and celebrates the way in which God protected them under difficult desert conditions. Sukkot is also known as the Feast of Tabernacles, or the Feast of Booths. Sukkot is celebrated by, first of all, building a sukkah –  a temporary little hut … Continue reading “Sukkot 2-9 October”

2 October 2020 by
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Thomas Chatterton anniversary

Thomas Chatterton (20 November 1752 – 24 August 1770) was an English poet whose precocious talents ended in suicide at age 17. He was an influence on Romantic poets of the period including Shelley, Keats and Wordsworth. Although fatherless and raised in poverty, he was an exceptionally studious child, publishing mature work by the age of 11. … Continue reading “Thomas Chatterton anniversary”

24 August 2020 by