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Festival of Thought –Thursday 28th June 2018

Stamford and Welland Academy (SWA) is holding a ‘Festival of Thought’ and warmly invites members of the public. 

PLJC is supporting the event, together with Little Gidding Poetry Society, as we are running a workshop for students on the Life and Poetry of Lotte Kramer as well as a static display that will be part of the public exhibition. Lotte is a member of PLJC, (and has been for many years.) She grew up in Mainz, and in 1939 came to Britain on a Kindertransport train. She started writing poetry relatively late, in 1979, when she was finally able to confront the trauma she had suffered as a child and express it in her poetry. It is some of these poems, for example, ‘On Shutting the Door’ and ‘Exodus’ that will be explored during the workshop.

The Festival has been triggered by considering aspects of the Holocaust, but has then broadened with the emphasis on ‘thought’, in order to question, reason, and understand. 

Public events programme:

3.00pm – 4.00pm: The National Holocaust Centre’s Digital Exhibition

4.30pm – 5.30pm: The sharing of testimony by a survivor of the Holocaust – Dr Martin Stern MBE.

5.00pm – 6.00pm: Publishing Secrets + our Community Adult Creative Writing Competition winners revealed – A talk for aspiring writers by Linda Bennett (Director of SALT Publishing and Author – pseudonym Christina James) and James Hazel (Lawyer and Author).

5.30pm – 6.30pm: Phil Lyons – CEO of The National Holocaust Centre will talk about the Global Context of Holocaust Education.

7.00pm – 8.30pm: Come and be a part of the audience as SWA host our own version of topical debate show ‘Question Time’.

All events are free to attend and take place at Stamford Welland Academy, Green Lane, Stamford, PE9 1HE

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