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All The Living And The Dead

Thursday 20 October 2022 £8Book now

A talk by Hayley Campbell

We are surrounded by death. It is in our news, our nursery rhymes, our true-crime podcasts. Yet from a young age, we are told that death is something to be feared. How are we supposed to know what we’re so afraid of, when we are never given the chance to look?

Fuelled by a childhood fascination with death, journalist Hayley Campbell searched for answers in the people who make a living by working with the dead. 

In this talk based on her new book, All the Living and the Dead, Hayley takes us inside the death industry to meet the people at its heart and asks: Why would someone choose this kind of life? Does it change you as a person? And are we missing something vital by letting death remain hidden?

Hayley Campbell is an author, broadcaster and journalist. Her work has appeared in WIRED, The Guardian, New Statesman, Empire, GQ, and more. 

In the chapel at 7.30pm, ticket includes a glass of wine

First Blood - Prizefighting in the 19th Century

Thursday 24 November 2022 £10Book now

A talk by Amy Weldon

Prizefighting in the Regency and early Victorian period was a great means of social mobility, down as well as up. Fans (known as The Fancy) were from all classes and it gave an opportunity for those of African and Jewish descent and descendants of African-American slaves - and even women - to rise on the social scale. The infamous ‘slumming lords’ (so derided by writer Pierce Egan in his seminal work Boxiana) could, on their part, enjoy a taste of the lowlife. 
Dr Amy Weldon, writer and professor of English at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, will bring to life what can now only be considered an utterly brutal sport. 

Starts at 7.30. Doors open 7.00. Latecomers will not be admitted. Tickets include a glass of wine.