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November 2013

Poetry Reading by Two New Zealand Poets in Oxford

05/11/2013 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Albion Beatnick Bookshop,, 43 Walton Street
Oxford, OX2 6AU United Kingdom
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Jan Kemp

A chance to hear poems from the latest collections of Jan Kemp and Briar Wood.

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Visions of a Future New Zealand

15/11/2013 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
CLORE 101, CLORE Management Centre Building, Torrington Square
London, WC1 7JL United Kingdom
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Three young New Zealanders speak about their intellectual and community work and look forward to what might be.

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Katherine Mansfield and her Circle

23/11/2013 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Birkbeck University of London, 43 Gordon Square
London, Gt Lon WC1H 0PD United Kingdom
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Katherine Mansfield

One-day event bringing together emerging modernist scholars to present and discuss new research relating to both Mansfield and her contemporaries.

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The A.H. Reed Special Collection, Dunedin Public Library, New Zealand

29/11/2013 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
MAL 352, Birkbeck University of London, Malet Street
London, WC1E 7 HX, United Kingdom
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Victoria Condie

The A.H. Reed Special explored and explained by historian Victoria Condie.

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February 2014

Launch of Festschrift to honour poet Fleur Adcock’s 80th Birthday

14/02/2014 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Keynes Room, Birkbeck University of London, 43 Gordon Square
London, WC1H 0PD United Kingdom
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In the atmospheric surroundings of the Keynes Room at Birkbeck University a published ‘Poems and Other Messages on her 80th Birthday’ was presented to Fleur Adcock by the Chair and Deputy-Chair of the New Zealand Studies Network, Professors Rod Edmond and Janet Wilson. Contributors, many of whom were present, included British poets Anne Stevenson, Dannie Abse, Peter Bland, Anthony Thwaite, Alan Brownjohn, Wendy Cope and Andrew Motion; and New Zealand poets Kevin Ireland, C.K. Stead, Bill Manhire, Jan Kemp. Prose…

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March 2014

A poetry reading by Iain Britton

14/03/2014 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Room MAL 151, Birkbeck, University of London, Malet Street
London, WC1E 7HX United Kingdom
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Iain Britton is New Zealand-born and has published in the UK and internationally in small magazines, journals and reviews.

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What Would Bring Us Home?

21/03/2014 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Room MAL 538, Birkbeck, University of London, Malet Street
London, WC1 7HX United Kingdom
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Continuing the big-picture conversation about the future country we want to see, three New Zealanders talk about what changes in society, business and physical infrastructure might bring them home.

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May 2014

The New Zealand Constitution and its Defects: A View from Abroad – Jeremy Waldron

16/05/2014 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

One of NZ’s most distinguished intellectuals reviews the state of the NZ polity. Professor Jeremy Waldron is Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory at Oxford (All Souls College) and University Professor of Law at NYU Law School.

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June 2014

‘The Crown’ in New Zealand: a stable constitutional symbol or a shape-shifting metaphor? – David Williams

04/06/2014 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
MAL G15, Birkbeck, University of London, Malet Street
London, WC1 7HX United Kingdom
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David Williams, Professor of Law at the University of Auckland, asks if it is just a new flag we need to talk about?

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Double bill: Poet Alistair Paterson and technologist Anthony Burn

20/06/2014 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
MAL 539, Birkbeck University, Malet Street
London, WC1E 7HX United Kingdom
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This evening combines the fascination of looking outwards (and the issues that space technology confronts) and looking inwards (and writing poetry). Book early to meet space scientist Anthony Burn and NZ poet Alistair Paterson.

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July 2014

Better Britons? NZ, Britain and World War One – James Belich

02/07/2014 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
MAL 541, Birkbeck, University of London, Malet Street
London, WC1E 7HX United Kingdom
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James Belich, Beit Professor of Imperial and Commonwealth History at the University of Oxford, considers the effects on each other of collective identities and war.

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New Zealand in the First World War – Second Biennial Conference

03/07/2014 - 04/07/2014
Thurs MAL B18 / Fri MAL B20 – Birkbeck, University of London, Torrington Square
London, WC1E 7JL United Kingdom
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A unique gathering of New Zealand and UK scholars consider the broader and cultural aspects of World War One, looking at the lead-up to war, the war itself and the long aftermath.

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‘A Whakapapa of Maori Film’

22/07/2014 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Gordon Square Cinema, London, Gt Lon WC1H 0PD United Kingdom + Google Map

Tainui Stephens has been broadcasting and producing since 1984 and is significant in establishing a permanent place for Maori in film and television. Stephens shares a history of film and storytelling in Aotearoa, from his keynote speech at ‘Maoriland Film Festival’ in 2014.

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August 2014

NZSN Annual General Meeting

15/08/2014 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Room MAL G16 (Theatre), Birkbeck University of London, Torrington Square
London, WC1E 7JL United Kingdom
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All members of NZSN and interested members of the public are invited to attend. There will be refreshments available after the meeting.

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October 2014

Poets from Three Nations: Peter Bland, Kevin Ireland, Adrian Caesar and Paul McLoughlin

10/10/2014 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Room MAL BO4, Birkbeck, University of London, Torrington Square
London, WC1E 7JL
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NZSN is delighted to co-host with Shoestring Press an evening of poetry readings from three nations, New Zealand, Britain and Australia, featuring the launch of Peter Bland’s Remembering England, Kevin Ireland’s Feeding the Birds, and Adrian Caesar’s Dark Cupboards, New Rooms.

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Documentary Screening ‘How Bizarre – The Story of an Otara Millionaire’ with Producer, Fred Renata

11/10/2014 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Birkbeck University Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, Birkbeck, University of London
London, United Kingdom
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Maori / Niuean singer-songwriter Paul Fuemana shot to fame in 1995 with the song that became New Zealand’s biggest selling record. His story first screened on Maori Television as part of the Pakipuumeka New Zealand documentaries series in August 2014.
We are delighted to hold a private screening of of ‘How Bizarre – The Story of an Otara Millionaire’ in London with an introduction and discussion with Fred Renata, Producer.

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November 2014

Murray Rowlands on ‘Sir Harold Gillies: Inventor of Plastic Surgery’

07/11/2014 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
MAL 539, Birkbeck University, Malet Street
London, WC1E 7HX United Kingdom
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The brilliant, eccentric and extraordinary Dunedin-born Harold Gillies pioneered early plastic surgery techniques in Britain, restoring the faces and morale of many soldiers serving in the First World War.

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‘Should we worry about rising income and wealth inequality? Reflections on the Picketty phenomenon’ – Prof. Robert Wade, LSE

14/11/2014 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
MAL 541, Birkbeck, University of London, Torrington Square
London, WC1E 7JL United Kingdom
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Robert H. Wade, professor of political economy at the LSE and a leading economic theorist (ex-Wellington College, ex-Otago University, ex-Victoria University), considers a major issue of our time and another topical thinker, the Frenchman, Thomas Picketty

The NZ Project series: Big Thinkers Tackle Big Ideas

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Professor Robin Gauld – ‘Questions about New Zealand’s health system on its 75th anniversary’

21/11/2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
MAL 541, Birkbeck, University of London, Torrington Square
London, WC1E 7HX
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New Zealand’s Social Security Act of 1938 was visionary in that it was a world-first attempt to create a national health service and highly relevant today in health care terms. The first Labour government introduced a free-at-the-point-of-use health system in response to the deprivations of the Depression years. Professor Gauld will explore the compromises made to get this legislation implemented, whether the original goals of the 1938 legislation have been met and how well the NZ health system performs today.

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January 2015

Talking about Mansfield with the Russians: Soft Power and Cultural Diplomacy – Joanna Woods

09/01/2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Joanna Woods links her two roles as biographer and diplomatic wife to talk about her groundbreaking book on Katherine Mansfield and the Russians as well as Diplomatic Ladies, her latest book which explores how wives have contributed to New Zealand's diplomacy. Joanna Woods was born in Dublin but until recently has been based in New Zealand.  Married to a New Zealand diplomat, she has accompanied him on diplomatic postings to Bahrain, France, Greece, Iran, Italy, the United States and Russia,…

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Paula Morris, ‘Imperial World: the Politics of International Book Prizes’

23/01/2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Room MAL 539, Birkbeck, University of London, Torrington Square
London, WC1E 7HX
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NZSN is delighted to host an evening with novelist and short story writer Paula Morris, current writer-in-residence at the University of Sheffield, before she moves back to New Zealand to teach creative writing at Auckland University.

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February 2015

Fitzgerald of Canterbury: The Man and the Myth – Room CLO 204, Birkbeck University of London, 25-7 Torrington Sq., WC1E 7JL

20/02/2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

NZSN is delighted to host Jenifer Roberts, author of of Fitz: The Colonial Adventures of James Edward FitzGerald (Otago University Press, 2014). FitzGerald was the first superintendent of the province of Canterbury, first leader of the general government and founder of the Press newspaper of Christchurch. Fitz is described by the Midwest Book Review as ‘a model of biographical scholarship’ and ‘informative, engaging, and entertaining from beginning to end’.

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March 2015

Poetry reading: ‘Otherwise’ with John Dennison

03/03/2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
MAL 416, Birkbeck University of London
London, WC1E 7HX
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NZSN is pleased to announce an evening with New Zealand poet John Dennison to mark the publication of his debut collection, ‘Otherwise’.

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27/03/15, Birkbeck University of London – Professor Robert Greenberg – ‘The Arts Advantage in New Zealand and Beyond: Preparing Leaders for a Changing World’

27/03/2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Room MAL 539, Birkbeck, University of London
London, WC1E 7HX United Kingdom
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Does an Arts degree have limited value in terms of career prospects in a period of austerity? No, is Professor Greenberg’s answer to this broadly held misconception.

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April 2015

Lydia Bauman, ‘A Study of the New Zealand Landscape’

24/04/2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
MAL 540, Birkbeck University Of London, Malet Street
London, WC1 7HX United Kingdom
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Join us to hear artist and art lecturer, Lydia Bauman, who recently toured New Zealand hosted by the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies, talk about some of her New Zealand series of paintings

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May 2015

Dr Harshan Kumarasingham, ‘God’s Own Elective Dictatorship? – Checks and Balances in New Zealand’

12/05/2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

We are delighted to host a talk by this prominent political scientist whose work on constitutional, political and historical issues has been published in international journals. He has held research positions in New Zealand, Australia, India, the UK and now Germany.

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June 2015

Mon. 15 June 2015, 6.30-8.30 pm Three Evolutionary Biologists from New Zealand decipher our Ancient Past: Professor Lisa Matisoo-Smith – The Longest Journey from Africa to Aotearoa; Professor Hamish Spencer – Laws about Cousin Marriage; Professor Russell Gray – The Genes of Language

15/06/2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Room MAL 538, Birkbeck, University of London
London, WC1E 7HX
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Join us at Birkbeck for a free public talk from three Principal Investigators from the Allan Wilson Centre, NZ. They will explore three overlapping themes: what it means to be a New Zealander in an evolutionary sense; inbreeding, eugenics & genetics; and words as a window on our past.

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The Longest Journey: Africa to Aotearoa. New Zealand Ancestry Study

16/06/2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
New Zealand House, Haymarket
London, SW1Y 4TQ United Kingdom
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Ex-pat New Zealanders are invited to hear Professor Lisa Matisoo-Smith, Principal Investigator at the Allan Wilson Centre, discuss the journeys of modern humans out of Africa and to contribute their DNA to her research sample. For more info click here for poster

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August 2015

Join us for the Annual General Meeting of the New Zealand Studies Network, 2015, on 12 August at 6.00 pm, at New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4TQ

12/08/2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Penthouse, New Zealand High Commission, 80 Haymarket
London, SW1Y 4TQ United Kingdom
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Our guest speaker is Rob Taylor, Deputy High Commissioner, on: ‘The Security Council. Sitting at the Big Table’
New Zealand took up its seat on the United Nations Security Council in January of this year. Are we a small fish in a big pond, or can a country like New Zealand make a difference?

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September 2015

Script Reading – ‘At the Wake’ by Victor Rodger with Lisa Harrow

30/09/2015 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
October Gallery Theatre, 24 Old Gloucester Street
London, WC1N 3AL
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Script Reading - 'At the Wake' by Victor Rodger with Lisa Harrow Wednesday, 30 September 2015 from 18:30 to 21:00 (GMT) Free October Gallery Theatre 24 Old Gloucester Street Bloomsbury London WC1N 3AL Booking Spaces are strictly limited for this event so please register to avoid disappointment

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February 2016

Andrew Sharp ‘Rev. Samuel Marsden and the anthropology of sin in the antipodes around 1820’

09/02/2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
New Zealand High Commission, 80 Haymarket
London, SW1Y 4TQ United Kingdom
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Professor Emeritus of Political Studies at the University of Auckland, and now living in London, Andrew Sharp gives a preview of his soon-to-be-published book, The World, The Flesh and the Devil: The Life and Opinions of Samuel Marsden in England and the Antipodes, 1785-1838

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Frances Walsh, ‘Women’s Magazines Past: A Lament’

25/02/2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
New Zealand High Commission, 80 Haymarket
London, SW1Y 4TQ United Kingdom
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Author and journalist, Frances Walsh, surveys NZ women’s magazines between 1890 and 1975

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May 2016

Fleur Adcock: A Symposium

This is a one day symposium on the poetry of Fleur Adcock, one of the UK’s best loved poets. There will be a mix of poetry readings, discussions, academic papers and Fleur will attend. This event is hosted by the University of Northampton ,and the University of Winchester. Registration is open now on the University of Winchester website See further info http://www.winchester.ac.uk/newsandevents/eventscalendar/Pages/Fleur-Adcock-A-Symposium.aspx This is a unique opportunity to take part in a one day symposium full of poetry, critical insight,…

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Amber Kiri Aranui: The Importance of Repatriation: A Māori Perspective

21/05/2016 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
October Gallery, Club Room, 24 Old Gloucester Street
London, WC1N 3AL
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Amber Kiri Aranui is the Pou Rangahau Rautake Kōiwi or Repatriation Researcher for Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand. Amber is presenting at Corpses, Cadavers and Catalogues: The Mobilities of Dead Bodies and Body Parts, Past and Present in London and is making time to join New Zealand Studies Network to discuss her work with Te Papa on the importance of repatriation from a Māori perspective.

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June 2016

Charles Royal: Māori Creativity in a Post-Treaty Settlement Future

20/06/2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
October Gallery, Club Room, 24 Old Gloucester Street
London, WC1N 3AL
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Dr Charles Te Auhukaramū Royal is the Director Ngā Manu Atarau (Communities, Repatriation, and Sector Development) at Te Papa Tongarewa, the Museum of New Zealand.

Charles will speak about developing a distinctive Māori Product – both commerical and non-commercial and explain what is meant by the post-Treaty settlement future.

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Greg Piper: In the New Zealand backyard: A sculptural practice that reflects upon the separation of urban and natural worlds

23/06/2016 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
October Gallery, Club Room, 24 Old Gloucester Street
London, WC1N 3AL
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Greg Piper will talk about his creative practice and recent work, as a sculptor. His interest lies in our perceptions of creatures that live near us, in urban environments.

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July 2016

All That Glitters Is Not Gold, Critiques of Globalization in New Zealand and the Pacific

08/07/2016 @ 8:00 am - 09/07/2016 @ 9:00 pm
Regent’s University, 1 Inner Circle (Regent’s Park)
London, NW1 4NS United Kingdom
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This interdisciplinary conference seeks to interrogate and criticize conceptions and constructions of globalization. We welcome scholars from across the social sciences and humanities, with a particular focus on artistic and cultural expressions from the Pacific region, including Pacific Rim nations.

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November 2016

Author Event: Critically acclaimed Stella Duffy reads from new London Novel ‘London Lies Beneath’

23/11/2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
October Gallery, Club Room, 24 Old Gloucester Street
London, WC1N 3AL
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We are delighted to invite you to join us for a reading and discussion with award-winning author Stella Duffy on 23 November.

Stella will read from her latest novel ‘London Lies Beneath’, a story of south London set in 1912.

Inspired by real events, London Lies Beneath is the story of three families, and a tragedy that will change them forever. It is also a song of south London, of working class families with hidden histories, of a bright and complex world long neglected. London Lies Beneath is a powerful and compelling novel, rich with life and full of wisdom.

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Talk: The end of the British World and the redefinition of citizenship in New Zealand, 1950s-1970s

24/11/2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Regent’s University London, Inner Circle, Regent's Park
London, NW1 4NS
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Join us at Regent’s University London to hear Dr Jatinder Mann on the evolving concept of citizenship in New Zealand during the 1950s to 1970s.

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December 2016

Talk at Resurrecting the Shakespeare Hut exhibition

20/12/2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Camden Local Studies & Archives Centre, Holborn Library
London, WC1X 8PA United Kingdom
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Come and hear about 'Resurrecting the Shakespeare Hut'...  We would like to invite you to join us on Tuesday 20 December at the Camden Local Studies & Archives Centre (located at Level 2 of the Holborn Library) to visit the exhibition,  hear a talk and take part in a Q&A session with some of those involved in the recent 'Resurrecting the Shakespeare Hut'project.  This fascinating exhibition celebrates a little known story of New Zealand soldiers, Shakespeare and suffragettes in Bloomsbury during the Great War.   The occasion is also…

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