Building Britannia - life experience with Britain published 28 Dec 2009

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In 1999 the GPI held a very successful series of talks and converations entitled 'Life Experience With Britain'.  Building Britannia contains the text of these seven thought provoking and informative talks and conversations and the discussions that arose around them.

Dennis Bovell describes his development into a pioneering musician and producer in reggae and popular music.

Ngugi wa Thiong'o event Sunday 1st November at the GPI

Ngugi will be reading from and discussing his latest novel 'Wizard of the Crow' (2006). Set in the fictional Free Republic of Aburiria, 'Wizard of the Crow' dramatises with searing humour and piercing observation a battle for control of the souls of the Aburirian people. Fashioning the stories of the powerful and the ordinary into a dazzling mosaic, Ngugi reveals humanity in all its surprising intricacy.

A Reading and Talk by Olive Senior

Jamaican born Olive Senior is the prize-winning author of four books of poetry, three books of fiction and four non-fiction books on Caribbean culture including the Encyclopaedia of Jamaica Heritage and Working Miracles: Women’s Lives in the English Speaking Caribbean.  Her short story collections include Summer Lightning (winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize), Arrival of the Snake-Woman and Discerner of Hearts. Her poetry books include Talking of Trees, Gardening in the Tropics (winner of the F.J.

'Writing as Craft' with Olive Senior

'Sable' presents this one-day writing workshop with Olive Senior. Fee £20

Olive Senior conducts writing workshops internationally and is on the faculty of the Humber School for Writers, Humber College, Toronto.  She has also been writer in residence at many venues including Bermuda’s Department of Community and Cultural Affairs and the University of Adelaide in 2009.

Film Screening by GPI Generation

The True Reggae Story

GPI Generation is a new group at the GPI encouraging participation from young people in the activities of the Institute. In 2007 GPI Generation showed the film Dream to Change the World to a group of young people and held a discussion about their responses to John La Rose's legacy and their own lives and work.  Since then they have held a number of discussion meetings and accomplished a video of Irma La Rose speaking of her early life in Trinidad and Venezuela.

Talk by David Feickert

China and the rest of us - from the economic, social, political viewpoints in the context of global sustainable development

David Feickert is a consultant in mine safety, energy, and ergonomics, currently spending much of his time working as an independent consultant in China.

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