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Special Events

Art Exhibition: Tipping Points

Fri 5 Sep 2014, 18:00

Tipping Points

An exhibition of work by Edgar Ameti, 5th to 30th Sep, 2014

Private view, Friday 5 Sep, 6-10pm. All welcome

Principle to Ameti’s work is the precarious balance between existence and erasure in the ongoing practice and experience of day-to-day life. His often large-scale formations allow us to experience absence and revelation hand in hand, intensifying our encounter with the present whilst opening new ways of engaging with the past.

The media used reflect a tension between the ordinary and the extraordinary, allowing for the manipulation of the common functionality of everyday materials to extraordinary effect. The concept of Tipping Points relates closely to Ameti's work most notably through its focus on distress, recurrence and mediation.

Edgar Ameti was born in Albania where he studied fine art at The Liceu Artistik “Jordan Misja” and The University of Tirana. After moving to North America he studied drawing and painting at Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Canada and their studios in Florence, Italy. Currently he lives and works in the UK. His work has been exhibited across North America and Europe, and has been acquired by several collections, including the Microsoft Art Collection.

For more information on Edgar Ameti visit;

The Tipping Points exhibition is sponsored by Durham University.

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Blood Donation

21 July - 17 November 2014

The Next National Blood Donation dates at Conway Hall are:

Mon 21st Jul, 2014 09:00-11:30 / 12:45-15:15

Wed 10th Sep, 2014 09:00-11:30 / 12:45-15:15

Mon 17th Nov, 2014 09:00-11:30 / 12:45-15:15

Available to walk in

Appointments can be made


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Talks & Lectures

WFTV Writers Group With Rachelle Constant

Wed 3 Sep 2014, 18:30

The WFTV presents

WFTV Writers Group With Rachelle Constant

The WFTV Writers' Group meets on the first Wednesday of the month for an informal gathering to give writers a chance to share experiences, swap tips, and reconnect with the world for a couple of hours.

For September we welcome Rachelle Constant, Development Editor (New Talent, BBC Drama Production) to talk about writing Continuing Drama Series at the BBC.

Continuing Drama Series is the department that produces EastEnders, Casualty, Holby City and Doctors - producing a huge volume of drama – nearly 400 hours per year made up of four episodes of EastEnders per week, 52 episodes of Holby per year, 48 of Casualty, and 236 of Doctors. Continuing Drama Series are currently working on a formal structure to the way that they try writers on the shows. This trial process is called a ‘Shadow Scheme’. The Shadow Schemes are a way to mirror the show’s writing process by producing an episode from which the writer will be assessed for a commission. One Shadow Scheme for each show is run over the course of the year.

This session is a must for anyone who wants to write TV drama!

6.30pm - 8.30pm | Brockway Room

This event is for WFTV Members only. To join the Writers’ Group mailing list please email

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Courses & Workshops

Machiavelli to Mill

Thursday Evenings

The Virtual Philosopher presents

Machiavelli to Mill

A six-session introductory course led by Nigel Warburton

This course runs for 6 consecutive Thursday evenings beginning 4th September 2014 (4th, 11th, 18th, 25th Sept, 2nd and 9th Oct)

The course will run from 8.10pm - 9.40pm  in the Bertrand Russell room for the first 4 sessions, and in the Library for the last 2. 

A mixture of short lectures and group discussion focussed on classic works of political philosophy exploring questions of continuing relevance that emerge from them. No prior knowledge of philosophy assumed. 

Topic covered include: Must political leaders have 'dirty hands'? What is the justification for having a state? What is property? Must a legitimate state have the consent of the people? Can you remain free while being part of a democray? What is alienation? What are the limits of individual  freedom of expression in a civilised society?

Week 1. Niccolò Machiavelli The Prince

Week 2. Thomas Hobbes Leviathan

Week 3. John Locke Second Treatise on Civil Government

Week 4. Jean-Jacques Rousseau The Social Contract

Week 5. Marx - The German Ideology Part One

Week 6. J.S. Mill On Liberty and The Subjection of Women

Full price for the course (6 sessions) is £100 payable in advance via the website. Concessions (students, unemployed, OAPs, those who have already signed up for or completed the Philosophy: the Basics  course) £80 using the drop down menu on the button.

maximum class size 35

teaching style: a mixture of lectures and discussion

No prior knowledge of philosophy assumed

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Courses & Workshops

Philosophy the Basics evening course

Thursday Evenings

The Virtual Philosopher presents

Philosophy: the Basics

A six-session introductory course led by Nigel Warburton

maximum class size 35

teaching style: a mixture of lectures and discussion

No prior knowledge of philosophy assumed

This course runs for 6 consecutive Thursday evenings beginning 4th September 2014 (4th, 11th, 18th, 25th Sept, 2nd and 9th Oct)

The course will run from 6.30p.m. -  8 p.m. (doors open from 6.15pm) in the Bertrand Russell room for the first 4 sessions, and in the Library for the last 2.

The price for the 6-session course is £100 payable in advance

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Courses & Workshops

Creating Solo Performance

Sat 6 Sep 2014, 10:30

The Centre for Solo Performance presents

A Six Week Course on Creating Solo Performance

Have you had that idea for a one person show, but are unsure how to get it off the page and into the performance space? Now is your chance to make that idea a reality.

Each week will feature practical exercises that will help you generate, edit and focus your ideas as well as further develop your stagecraft skill-set. Finishing with an opportunity to showcase your work to an audience.

Open to all levels of experience and all disciplines.
All you have to bring is your ideas and enthusiasm.

6 Saturday workshops 10:30am-12:30pm starting Saturday September 6th
£130 (places limited – £60 to reserve a place)

To book a place please email Luke Dixon:
or call him on 07952 960424

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Free Verse Poetry Book Fair

Sat 6 Sep 2014, 10:00

The Arts Council of England & The National Lottery presents

Free Verse Poetry Book Fair 2014

Free Verse is an all-day bazaar, market, library, meeting place, performance venue, information resource and more. Celebrating the vitality of contemporary poetry in the UK, publishers both large and small, both experimental and traditional, display and sell their work direct to the public.

Free Verse 2014 will be held on Saturday 6th September, 10am-4.30pm, at Conway Hall in London, with an evening do at the nearby Rugby Tavern for a grand night of poetry and socialising.

We are delighted that our application for an Arts Council Grant has been approved, which means we can offer travel bursaries to publishers travelling from afar, as well as create an accompanying publication which will contain publisher information and contemporary poems. 

To keep up with the latest news, you can sign up to our mailing list or follow us on Twitter or Facebook. If you are not a publisher but would still like to participate actively in the event, see the Volunteers page on this site. 

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NHA 2014 Annual General Meeting & Party Conference

Sun 7 Sep 2014, 14:00

NHA Party presents

NHA 2014 Annual General Meeting & Party Conference

At the AGM there will reports on the past year and full members will be able to vote on any changes to the constitution and elect officers to the three available places on the executive.

At the Party Conference, there will be speeches from our co-leader Dr Clive Peedell, Darlomum Joanna Adams and others. Clive will also be announcing our prospective parliamentary candidates for May 2015. We will have sessions on campaigning and fundraising, and there’ll be a chance for members to put questions to the leaders and make contact with candidates and other members in their local areas.

We will have a stall with t-shirts, badges and other campaigning materials, for sale or to take away, at discounted prices.

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Sunday Assembly - Dr Itai Ivtzan

Sun 7 Sept 2014, 11.00

Sunday Assembly London presents


Mindfulness meditation is becoming enormously popular, but what is it really about? And how could it contribute to our happiness? He says it makes his heart sing. He is convinced that if we befriend both psychology and spirituality, and succeed in introducing them into our lives, we will all gain super-strengths of awareness, courage, resilience, and compassion.

Itai is a positive psychologist, a senior lecturer, and the program leader of MAPP (Masters in Applied Positive Psychology) at the University of East London (UEL). He is also an honorary senior research associate at University College London (UCL). Dr. Ivtzan has previously given a Russell Square TEDx talk in 2013 and has his own organisation to promote these ideas.

The Programme – See this overview of what to expect at a central London Sunday Assembly

YOUNG KIDS – There is an area at the back of the hall labelled Kids Club with some basic children’s equipment where parents can base themselves with their kids of all ages and still be part of the show. We are used to and relaxed about marauding toddlers and screaming babies, but excpect you to be still looking after them. Please ask one of our volunteer helpers if you need assistance in any way.

The London assembly is open to all and is free of charge, it is financed by a collection towards the end of the programme.
Come along and enjoy the show!

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Special Events

Rhinegold LIVE: Charles Owen - Piano Recital

Tue 9 Sep 2014, 18:15

Rhinegold LIVE presents 

Charles Owen - Piano Recital

Charles Owen will perform a programme featuring works by Mendelssohn, Bach, Debussy, and including the London premiere of Nico Muhly’s Short Stuff.

As part of the Rhinegold LIVE concert series, Muhly’s “swirling, post-Minimalist score” (NY Times, 2009), will receive its first performance in London. 

The evening will begin with a complimentary drinks reception and the recital will be followed by an informal Q&A between Charles and the editor of International Piano magazine, Claire Jackson. 

6.15pm reception for 7.00pm concert 

Tickets: Free (but should be reserved online beforehand).

(Photo Credit:© Agness Lugovska)

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