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  • Berlin is seen by many as the most fascinating and exciting city in Europe. Barney White-Spunner tells the story of this extraordinary city from its medieval origins to the present day, describing it as a city on the edge - geographically, culturally, politically and morally. A city that has given rise to movements that changed Europe - the Reformation, Marxism and Fascism. This is a story of tension and contradiction, of ground breaking cultural experiment and artistic and social liberation. It is the compelling story of a unique, absorbing and multi-faceted city.

    When: Wednesday 4th November 2020 @ 11.00am
    Where: Electric Palace
  • In this fresh and engaging study of Shakespeare and his work, writer and former Observer Literary editor Robert McCrum takes us on a personal exploration of the world’s most famous poet and playwright and asks: what is it that makes his work so enduring? Why do we consistently return to him, particularly in times of change and difficulty? Drawing on scholarly interpretation as well as personal experience and reflection, this is a fascinating and very timely portrait of Shakespeare and his relationship with ourselves.

    In conversation with Jason Webster

    When: Wednesday 4th November 2020 @ 4.30pm
    Where: Electric Palace
  • From the earliest enigmatic symbols of Neolithic times to the artistic innovation of present day Glasgow Lachlan Goudie tells The Story of Scottish Art. With great energy and compelling storytelling Lachlan brings his own passion and knowledge as a practicing artist to give an often surprising account of how a nation sees itself. With an understanding of the joys and struggles of artists to fulfil their vision, he looks at how and why masterpieces were created, the changes they reflect and the impact they have had on the world.

    When: Thursday 5th November 2020 @ 11.00am
    Where: Electric Palace
  • On 25 November 1120, Henry I’s only legitimate heir, William, Duke of Normandy, together with the cream of Norman society, drowned when their ship foundered off Brittany. The tragedy led to decades of civil war of untold violence and rebellion, and the collapse of Henry I’s legacy of stability and wealth. It changed English history for ever. In The White Ship, written to mark the 900th anniversary of the disaster, Charles Spencer evokes the brutal story of the Normans from the Conquest to Anarchy.

    In conversation with Sally Laverack

    When: Thursday 5th November 2020 @ 4.30pm
    Where: Electric Palace
  • For over 30 years, stonemason Andrew Ziminski has worked on many of the greatest monuments and buildings in Britain, from Neolithic monoliths to the engine houses, mills and aqueducts of the Industrial revolution. The Stonemason is a journey with a master craftsman whose expertise connects him to the past and the generations of craftsmen before him. Ziminski takes us across Britain by river, road and sea, piecing our island history together, stone by stone and from the inside out.

    When: Friday 6th November 2020 @ 2.30pm
    Where: Bridport Arts Centre