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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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GLC Games CLub

Regular Mondays

The GLC Games Club presents

A regular meet-up for games aficianados

The GLC Games Club is for aficionados of boardgames, table top figure battles and role playing. The club meets every Monday - public holidays permitting.

Please visit our Facebook page for dates and details.

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Special Events

An Evening with Adyashanti

Sun 20 Aug 2014, 19.00

Alternatives Events presents

An Evening with Adyashanti - Everlasting Truth

An American-born spiritual teacher devoted to serving the awakening of all beings, his teachings are an open invitation to stop, inquire, and recognise what is true and liberating at the core of all existence.

Asked to teach in 1996 by his Zen teacher of 14 years,

Adyashanti offers teachings that are free of any tradition or ideology and he says:

“The Truth I point to is not confined within any religious point of view, belief system, or doctrine, but is open to all and found within all. Truth exists not in books but is every book, is not captured in words but is every word, is not contained within any manner of creation but is every manner of creation.”

Adyashanti will take questions from the audience during the evening.

Adyashanti is the author of The Way of Liberation, Falling into Grace, True Meditation, and The End of Your World. Based in California, Adyashanti teaches throughout North America, Europe and Australia, offering satsangs, intensives, silent retreats, and a live internet radio broadcast.

Tickets: SOLD OUT

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Special Events

The Ancestors Trail

Fri 29 Aug 2014, 19.00

The BHA, Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science and the Central London Humanist Group presents

The Ancestors Trail Evening Lectures

To mark the start of our weekend’s entertainment we are hosting a series of evening lectures that you are welcome to attend, irrespective of whether you can join us for rest of the weekend's events.


7pm - Andrew Copson - Chief Executive British Humanist Association

Andrew became Chief Executive in January 2010 having coordinated BHA’s education and public affairs work for five years. Andrew writes about secularist issues for journals and newspapers and has appeared widely on television and radio representing the BHA. 

8pm - Professor Armand Leroi – Professor of Evolutionary Development Biology at Imperial college, author and broadcaster.

Armand Leroi is not your average Professor of Evolutionary Developmental Biology. As a scientist, his expertise lies in tiny worms and why they grow to precisely the same size. But outside the lab he has written about human mutants, presented several TV shows and done (serious) research into the evolution of pop music. In 2004, Leroi adapted his book into a television series called Human Mutants for Channel 4. This became the first of a number of successful documentaries he has presented, covering fascinating subjects such as “What Darwin didn’t know” and “Aristotle’s Lagoon”, about the groundbreaking studies of the ancient Greek philosopher/naturalist.

9pm - Dr Yan Wong – Evolutionary Biologist, co-author of 'the Ancestor's Tale' and broadcaster for TV’s ‘Bang Goes the Theory’.

Dr Yan Wong’s work on modelling the evolutionary effects of self-recognition systems in plants led to him being a research contributor to the Ancestor’s Tale book. Yan is well-informed over an extensive set of scientific disciplines, including maths, chemistry and ecology. In 2009 Yan joined the presenting team of BBC1's prime-time series "Bang Goes the Theory" and demonstrated a wide and eclectic range of scientific ideas to members of the public.  He delights in the challenges of live science demonstrations and often incorporates live science demonstrations into his talks.

Our knowledge of our evolutionary history is advancing all the time and Yan will be updating us on the Ancestor’s Tale and also demonstrating how to use OneZoom, a piece of software that he has developed to highlight the diversity of life on Earth. 

BHA Members, children and students:           £12:00

Non BHA Members:                                         £17:00

The annual Ancestor’s Trail evolutionary pilgrimage takes place in Epping Forest and the Lea valley over this weekend.  Based on Richard Dawkin’s book, The Ancestor’s Tale, details of the free walks, youth hostel accommodation, talks and celebrations can be found on the Ancestors Trail website.

The centrepiece to the week-end is the walk and combined with entertainment in the evening and lectures the following morning, a stay at Cheshunt YHA over Saturday evening is the best way to fully relax and enjoy everything. Friday night accommodation is bookable separately at Cheshunt YHA should you want to join in early or need somewhere convenient to stay in the area. The YHA is next to Cheshunt railway station on the Liverpool Street line.

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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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