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North East Centre for Transformative Education and Research (NECTER)/RCE North East is pleased to announce a full programme of events running through 2011 in partnership with Newcastle University, Sunderland University, Teesside University, Northumbria University and many more. Events include a series of activities taking place throughout the year to celebrate Newcastle University’s world-leading work on sustainability in partnership with Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability, top class adult education organised by North East Centre for Lifelong Learning and our Regional Launch which includes over 25 events and festivals happening across the region. So, whether it be for film and video screenings, exhibitions, debates or public lectures, come and join us for the best in education for sustainable development. An outline programme is given below - watch this space for up-to-date information on RCE festivals and events 2011.

RCE 2011 events at a glance:
Sustainability Forum: Film and Video screenings throughout 2011
Cinema Politica Launch, 24th February
World Water Day, 22nd March
RCE European Planning Meeting, 6th - 8th July
Panganai Svotwa Photography Exhibition, Opening 18th August
Why save the planet?, Monday, 3rd October
Writing for Children, from 3rd October
Children's Literature Book Group, from 3rd October
The Roaring Twenties, from 3rd October
Philosophy Today: Allen on Animals, from 4th October
Great Composers - Reflecting Nature, from 4th October
The struggle for black British literature, Thursday 6th October
People's Philosophy Festival, Saturday 8th - Friday 21st October
French Film Noir – Crime Films with Undeniable ‘je ne sais quoi’, from 7th October
Black history month - Sixth form conference, Friday 12th October
Film Club at the Arts Centre: From Page to Screen, from 12th October
South Asians Making Britain, 1858-1950 [exhibition], From 18th October
skying: art, landscape and renewable energy, Wednesday 19th October
Extraordinary General Meeting of the RCE, Wednesday 19th October
An audience with Jackie Kay, Thursday 20th October
A Taste of Africa 2011, Friday 21st October
Eddie Botsio - in and out of the public eye, Friday 21st October
Here and now conference, Friday 21st October
Visions for the Future of the City workshop, Saturday 22nd October
Resilience for Future Energy Systems conference, Monday 24th October
3rd Newcastle Bicycle Film Festival, 28th - 30th October
The Great Debate: Facing the Future, Saturday 5th November
The Great Sustainability Debate: School debating competition, Monday, 14th November
Dying for Life: Global Student Forum regional conference, Thursday, 17th November
Press Play festival, Thursday 17th - Sunday 20th November
Newcastle Winter Book Festival, Thursday 24th - Sunday 27th November
The Future of Energy for the North East, Monday 12th December

Sustainability Forum: Film and Video Screenings 2011
H2Oil, Thursday, 24th February
Blue Gold: World Water Wars [Cinema Politica Newcastle] Wednesday, 6th April
The Spirit of the Beehive (El espíritu de la colmena), Tuesday, 10th May
The Swarm, Wednesday, 11th May
Bee Movie, Saturday, 14th May
The Battle of Algiers, Monday, 16th May
The Vanishing of the Bees, Wednesday, 18th May
Basic Sanitation (Saneamento Básico), Wednesday, 6th July
Sound It Out, Friday 14th October
Just Do It: A Tale of Modern-Day Outlaws, Tuesday 18th October
Breaking Away, Sunday 30th October
Occupation 101, Monday 7th November
Sylvia Pankhurst: Everything is Possible, Thursday 1st December
What Would Jesus Buy?, Wednesday 14th December

Sustainability Forum: Film and Video screenings planned
Koyaanisqatsi: Life out of Balance
500 Years Later
La Maison Jaune (The Yellow House)
Journey to the Center of the Earth

Sustainability Forum: Film and Video screenings throughout 2011

As a contribution Newcastle University's Year of the Societal Challenges of Sustainability, 2011, RCE North East is working in partnership with NIReS, Cinema Politica Newcastle and Culture Lab to present films and videos expressing different approaches to core themes and issues surrounding transformation, social change and environmental responsibility. In the run up to a year long programme of events the film and video forum screened a short series of films around the theme of bees - cooperation and industry, beginning with The Spirit of the Beehive (El espíritu de la colmena) at Culture Lab on Tuesday 10th May, followed by The Swarm, Wednesday 11th May in Devonshire Building. For our younger participants we showed Bee Movie as a matinee on Saturday 14th May again in Culture Lab, and concluded with The Vanishing of the Bees in Culture Lab on Wednesday 18th May.

In partnership with Newcastle University School of Modern Languages Department we presented the topical Battle of Algiers on Monday 16th May in Culture Lab and on Wednesday 6th July we took the forum outside of Newcastle University for the first time with a screening of Brazilian comedy Basic Sanitation (Saneamento Básico) at the Star and Shadow Cinema.

In February Cinema Politica launched its programme with H2Oil - a review of the oil sands industry in Alberta - and marked World Water Day in March with a screening of Blue Gold with presentations by University academics from those specific fields.

H2Oil poster

The Secret Life of Bees

Spirit of the Beehive

Killer Bees (2002)
Bee Movie

The Battle of Algiers
Basic Sanitation (Saneamento Basico)

Journey to the Center of the Earth

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February - Cinema Politica Launch

H2Oil poster
RCE North East is working in partnership with Cinema Politica Newcastle to screen a series of topical films and documentaries. Cinema Politica Newcastle is a new group in the global Cinema Politica network. Throughout the coming year, we will be holding monthly public screenings of independent films and documentaries where the filmmakers have often gone to great lengths in order to challenge and document social and environmental issues across the world. The regular Cinema Politica screenings are hosted by Culture Lab @Newcastle University and supported by the ncl+ Foundation. Cinema Politica is volunteer-run and all screenings are by donation. Cinema Politica Newcastle launched on February 24th with a screening of H2Oil, a film about the politically charged Canadian tar sands. For further information go to Cinema Politica Newcastle website. Very few of these films have been publicly screened in the UK – don’t miss out on this opportunity! RCE North East will be joining Cinema Politica to provide additional events and engagement activities throughout the year.

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March - Water and Cities

World Water Day 22nd March

Films, discussions and talks throughout the day and evening in the Devonshire Building and Culture Lab, Newcastle University.

Water for Cities

Day includes an advance screening of controversial documentary Blue Gold: World Water Wars by Cinema Politica Newcastle (also screening on 6 April at Culture Lab as part of Cinema Politica's regular programme).

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South Asian film festival

A celebration of South Asian film including a personal appearance and screening of the work of film-maker Sudheer Gupta. Dates to be announced.

Koyaanisqatsi: Life out of Balance

Date and venue to be announced

Koyaanisqatsi is a Hopi word meaning 'life out of balance'. Created between 1975 and 1982, this unusual documentary, the first of a trilogy, is an apocalyptic vision of two contrasting environments - modern urban life and the natural world. Released in 1983, Koyaanisqatsi was director Godfrey Reggio's debut as a film director and producer and was the first full-length commercial film of its type. A visual feast without words accompanied by the haunting music of Philip Glass. This one-off screening is free and will be held in Newcastle University's Culture Lab, Grand Assembly Rooms, King's Walk, Newcastle upon Tyne.

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May - Work, Idleness and Bee Movies

The Spirit of the Beehive (El espíritu de la colmena)

6:30pm, Tuesday, 10th May
Culture Lab, Grand Assembly Rooms, King's Walk, Newcastle University       FREE ENTRY

This masterpiece of Spanish cinema was the directoral debut of Victor Erice. Released in 1973, the film is a critique of post-civil war Spain set in 1940, focusing on the young girl Ana (Ana Torrent) and her fascination with the 1931 American horror film Frankenstein.

With Fernando Fernán Gómez, Teresa Gimpera, Ana Torrent, Isabel Tellería, Ketty de la Cámara, Estanis González and José Villasante as The Frankenstein Monster

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The Swarm

6:30pm, Wednesday, 11th May
G21/22, Devonshire Building, Newcastle University           FREE ENTRY

Introduced by Karen Scott, Centre for Rural Economy, Newcastle University

Cult disaster movie from 1978 directed by Irwin Allen about a killer bee invasion of Texas adapted from a novel of the same name by Arthur Herzog. The all-star cast includes Michael Caine, Katharine Ross, Richard Widmark, Richard Chamberlain, Olivia de Havilland, Ben Johnson, Lee Grant, Patty Duke, Slim Pickens, Bradford Dillman, Fred MacMurray (in his final film appearance), and Henry Fonda.

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Bee Movie

Bee Movie

11:00am, Saturday, 14th May
Culture Lab, Newcastle University           FREE ENTRY

Introduced by Karen Scott, Centre for Rural Economy, Newcastle University

This one's for the kids! Animated comedy from 2007 directed by Simon J. Smith and Steve Hickner and written by Jerry Seinfeld, Spike Feresten, Barry Marder, and Andy Robin. Jerry Seinfeld stars as a bee who decides to sue all humans after he finds out they eat the honey that the bees produce. Also starring Renée Zellweger, Matthew Broderick, Megan Mullally, John Goodman, Chris Rock, Kathy Bates and Patrick Warburton.

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The Battle of Algiers

The Battle of Algiers (La battaglia di Algeri)

7:00pm, Monday, 16th May
Culture Lab, Newcastle University           FREE ENTRY

Introduced by Guy Austin, School of Modern Languages, Newcastle University

Classic war film from 1966 based on events which took place during the Algerian War against French colonial rule in North Africa, the most prominent being the Battle of the title. Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo and starring Jean Martin as Col. Mathieu with music by Ennio Morricone.

In French and Arabic with English subtitles

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The Vanishing of the Bees

6:30pm, Wednesday, 18th May
Culture Lab, Newcastle University           FREE ENTRY

with guest speakers Dr Geraldine Wright from Newcastle University's Honeybee Research Lab and Kym Pritchard, a beekeeper and co-founder with her husband Mark of Beekeeping Courses North.

Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives.

Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries and a hundred other fruits and vegetables. Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that make up one out of every three bites of food on our tables.

Vanishing of the Bees follows commercial beekeepers David Hackenberg and Dave Mendes as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S. The film explores the struggles they face as the two friends plead their case on Capital Hill and travel across the Pacific Ocean in the quest to protect their honeybees.

Filming across the US, in Europe, Australia and Asia, this documentary examines the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the greater meaning it holds about the relationship between mankind and mother earth. As scientists puzzle over the cause, organic beekeepers indicate alternative reasons for this tragic loss. Conflicting options abound and after years of research, a definitive answer has not been found to this harrowing mystery.

Screened in partnership with Cinema Politica Newcastle

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Appleby Horse Fair

Migration and Squallor

Sustaining Migrant Communities Festival of Music


Basic Sanitation (Saneamento Basico)

Basic Sanitation (Saneamento Básico)

7.30pm, Wednesday, 6th July
Star and Shadow Cinema
Stepney Bank, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Upbeat and comic look at social activism by the celebrated Brazilian director Jorge Furtado. Starring Fernanda Torres, Wagner Moura, Camila Pitanga, Bruno Garcia, Lázaro Ramos, Tonico Pereira and Paulo José.

In Portuguese with English subtitles.

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RCE European Planning Meeting


5th-7th July 2011
Newcastle University

Members of partner RCEs across Europe join us in the North East to plan the forthcoming international meeting in November 2011.

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October - The Future We Dream Of

Why save the planet?

Café philosophique, Urban Café, Dance City
7pm, Monday 3rd October

Can we solve the problem of climate change? Moral philosophers have proposed several possible solutions to this challenge. Thom Brooks, from Newcastle University, will argue that they fail, but shed light on a better alternative. However, a bigger concern remains. Have we got the problem right?

Writing for Children

Bedson Building, Newcastle University
Mondays 10:30am, 3rd October - 14th November
Ellen Phethean

Do you think you’d like to write for children but aren’t sure where to start? This course aims to help you develop writing for children through practical creative writing exercises. We shall discuss a variety of writing styles and genres, and students will experiment with: nursery rhymes and wordplay for pre-School children, from simple picture book stories through to teenage writing, including poetry, fiction and factual writing. Every session will involve a writing exercise, and some sessions will focus on feedback from both tutor and peer group. Students will be encouraged to develop writing in their own time into a completed form, possibly for a performance at the end of the course, or to submit for publication if they wish. Some consideration will be given to the publishing world, the process of submitting work for publication and the criteria applied, including issues of cultural diversity. The aim of this course is to develop your writing for children through creative writing exercises. Over the weeks, we will: Read a selection of children's books in entirety or in extract from a range of genres selected by the group. Undertake critical examination of texts with handouts. Carry out exercises to stimulate creative writing. Have tutor-led peer group discussion of topics and criticism of student work. More ...

Ellen Phethean is a writer and editor. She co-founded Diamond Twig press with Julia Darling. She wrote Wall, Smokestack Books 2007, a teen novel in poems. Her first full collection of poetry Breath, October 2009 Flambard was shortlisted for the London Fringe 1st Collection Award 2010. She co-wrote Cain and Abel with her son Fred Phethean, in Hip Hop style, for the Durham Mysteries Cycle, May 2010. She is currently working on a novel for teenagers.

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Children's Literature Book Group

Upstairs Cafe, Great North Museum Hancock
Mondays at 12:00, 3rd October, 7th November, 5th December

Join us to discuss the latest children's novels, short stories and picture books. Our usual meeting is the first Monday of the month, within Explore seasons. Please check session dates in advance and see the Explore website for full details. More ...

The Roaring Twenties

Mondays at 14:00 from 3rd October - 5th December
Theatre Royal, Newcastle

Interdisciplinary sessions bringing together many of the new developments that made the 20s a time of excitement, innovation and discovery organised by Explore. More ...

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Philosophy Today: Allen on Animals

Tuesdays at 14:00 from 4th October - 22nd November
Claremont Tower, Newcastle University
Dr Ian Ground BA PhD

Learn about Philosophy in the making as we examine recent publications in the field, usually involving question and answer sessions with the author. This season will be studying the keynote paper given at a recent conference on Animal Representations by Professor Colin Allen of Indiana University. Professor Allen, who is one of the world’s leading figures in the philosophy of cognitive science with a special interest in animal cognition, has kindly agreed to respond to our questions. More ...

Great Composers - Reflecting Nature

Tuesdays 19:00 from 4th October - 15th November
Holy Biscuit
with Mike Green

Exploring the life and works of great composers and their importance in the history and development of Western Music. Mike graduated from Newcastle University in 1992 with a degree in music and since then has composed and arranged the music for more than twenty local theatrical productions. He is an accomplished performer on clarinet, saxophone and guitar and runs a mobile recording business. Mike has been with the Centre for Lifelong Learning since 2008, running courses aimed at increasing understanding and enjoyment of music. More ...

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The struggle for black British literature

Thursday 6th October, 5.30pm
Part of the INSIGHTS Public Lectures series
Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University

Talk by Professor Prabhu Guptara
Organised by Pakistan Cultural Society in association with Newcastle University

Young people today generally do not know what a struggle was necessary for the acceptance of black British (or "ethnic minority") art and culture. The struggle moved from that of simply finding acceptance of "our" traditional art, to finding acceptance and funding for our "voice" in contemporary Britain (whether expressed through traditional forms, through hybrid forms or through traditional Western forms - e..g. novels and the plays - some more and some less marked by "our" impact on the forms themselves) . The same holds for language itself of course, which ranges from expression in traditional pure Urdu or Bengali (for example) through such excellent traditional English as represented by Nirad Chaudhuri to the hybrid form perfected by Rushdie though he was of course building on "Indian English" (it is clear that he was not trying to give expression to black British experience but to wider and more universal themes, and he was influenced by Latin American fiction even more than by Indian or Indian English fiction). While "black British" artists/ writers/ actors/ rappers have become accepted in the mainstream, there is still resistance to the category of Black British Literature, and hardly any critical reflection on it - partly of course because criticism itself (and the related disciplines of history, bibliography, librarianship) have all been marginalised by our "money culture", while our "academic culture" has made matters more and more abstract and so jargonised as to be totally opaque to the ordinary person.

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People's Philosophy Festival

Saturday 8th - Friday 21st October
Various venues in Newcastle

The Newcastle Philosophy Society aims to free philosophy from the dusty academic closet and release philosophical conversation back into the public arena – pubs, cafes, community halls and the like. All of our events are designed for engagement and interaction, sharing and dialogue in a spirit of mature enquiry rather than debate.

One thing philosophy tells us is that right answers are hard to find. And that should not stop us searching.

Our Theme "What is so special about Community?" is intended to be provocative. There is much talk of restoring communities and of community cohesion. But do we really understand what we mean by community in the 21st century and why they may be important?

The wide range of events offered under this theme demonstrate there is still much to be explored. Come and join us. More ...

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French Film Noir – Crime Films with Undeniable ‘je ne sais quoi’

Fridays 18:30 from 7th October - 25th November
Roger Mitchell
Tyneside Cinema

Join Roger Mitchell on an exploration of French cinema’s dark and rain-slicked mean streets. These are films which involve deadly duplicity, moral ambiguity, high-tension heists and perfect crimes that go perfectly wrong, and are presented with flair, elegance, sophistication and a perfectly cool Gallic philosophical attitude. Including work by some of the most important and influential French filmmakers of the twentieth century, such as Henri-Georges Clouzot, Louis Malle, Robert Bresson and Jean-Pierre Melville this might just be a film course to die for.

The films chosen for the course programme are all considered to be masterpieces of the crime genre, possessing qualities which supposedly set them apart from many other films of their type. With this in mind, we will be considering both why/how they might have attained their ‘classic’ status and why it is they continue to have both popular and critical relevance more than half a century after they were made. A necessary part of our exploration will concern the respective production contexts for these films, involving an overview both of their respective directors and the wider social and cultural contexts within which they were working. More ...

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Black history month - sixth form conference

10.00am - 3.00pm, 12th October
Teesside University

Africans in America and Asians in Britain

Our black history month sixth form conference will use history and literature to explore the experience and meaning of blackness in Britain and America.

Its aim is to give students with an interest in English literature and/or history a taste of the way in which these subjects are studied at university and to highlight their relevance to contemporary social and cultural issues.

Participants will take part in two workshops led by academics from the English Studies and History sections at the University.

The event is part of black history month at Teesside University

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Film Club at the Arts Centre: From Page to Screen

Wednesdays 14:00 from 12th October - 23rd November
Gail-Nina Anderson
Newcastle Arts Centre

Join us in the new Arts Centre Cinema for an afternoon group which will examine 7 different film adaptations of books, considering what happens when the printed word is translated into the terms of the cinema. This group is designed to promote Explore to a new audience and so will be open to non-members at a cost of £70 and to Explore members at the special rate of £30. For more details please ring the NECLL office. The group will require a minimum number to be financially viable - please book early. Screenings begin at 2pm, discussion from 3.30-5pm. More ...

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Sound It Out

Friday 14th October
Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle

Film screening as part of Press Play festival

Over the last five years an independent record shop has closed in the UK every three days. Sound It Out is a documentary portrait of the very last surviving vinyl record shop in Teesside, North East England.

A cultural haven in one of the most deprived areas in the UK, Sound It Out documents a place that is thriving against the odds and the local community that keeps it alive. Directed by Jeanie Finlay who grew up three miles from the shop. A distinctive, funny and intimate film about men, the North and the irreplaceable role music plays in our lives. High Fidelity with a Northern Accent.

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Just Do It: A Tale of Modern-Day Outlaws

6:30pm, Tuesday 14th October
Culture Lab, Newcastle University

On October 18th Newcastle University is joining other campuses from all over the country in a day of nationwide screenings of the film Just Do It! Cinema Politica Newcastle is proud to host the event with People & Planet Newcastle for this unique event.

The world of environmental direct action has remained a secretive one, until now.

Just Do It lifts the lid on climate activism and the daring troublemakers who have crossed the line to become modern-day outlaws. Documented over a year, Emily James' film follows these activists as they blockade factories, attack coal power stations and glue themselves to the trading floors of international banks despite the very real threat of arrest.

"A smart, funny, adrenalised portrait of 21st century activism" Danny Leigh - The Guardian

Before the feature presentation we will also be showing a short by local filmmaker Kieran Cudlip who, amongst other things, documented the student protests last November.

Other participants in the nationwide screenings include: Aberdeen, Anglia Ruskin, Brighton, Bristol, Birmingham, Arts University College Bournemouth, Bournemouth University, Cambridge, Chester, City of Bath College, Cranfield, De Montfort University, East Anglia, East Surrey College, Edinburgh, Exeter, Falmouth, Glasgow University, Glasgow School of Art, Goldsmiths, Greenwich, Hereford College of the Arts, Heriot-Watt, Huddersfield, Imperial College, Kent, King’s College, Kingston, Lancaster, Leeds, Lincoln, Liverpool, London Metropolitan, LSE, Loughborough, Manchester, Middlesex, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Oxford Brookes, RCA, Roehampton, Royal Conservatoire Scotland, Salford, Sheffield, SOAS, Southampton, Strathclyde, Stirling, St. Andrews, St. George’s, Surrey, Sussex, Swansea Metropolitan, UCL, UWE, UWC Atlantic College, University of the West of Scotland, York, York St. John, Warwick, Worcester, Winchester.

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Black history month: Exhibition: South Asians Making Britain, 1858-1950

18th October - 15th November 2011
Middlesbrough Central Library

This touring panel exhibition showcases and celebrates the long history of South Asians in Britain. Co-curated by the British Library and the Making Britain research team, it features the largely unsung contributions of Asians to many walks of British life, including sport, the arts, cultural and intellectual life, resistance and activism, and national and global politics.

Middlesbrough Central Library is open 9.30am - 5.00pm (7.00pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday). It is closed on Sundays.

Rehana Ahmed will give her curator talk for this exhibition at Middlesbrough Central Library on Tuesday 25 October at 7.00pm.

Everyone is welcome.

Find out more about the exhibition and the Open University-led and AHRC-funded Making Britain project

The event is part of black history month at Teesside University

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skying: art, landscape and renewable energy

3pm - 5pm, Wednesday 19th October
Gallery North, Northumbria University

Northumbria University
In the second public event during his residency, Alec Finlay and the cultural geographer Owain Jones will hold a conversation with John Thornes, Professor of Applied Meteorology at the University of Birmingham, whose main research focus is the atmosphere and the dialectic between the atmosphere and society, for which he has developed three main areas of inter-related research in the fields of transport meteorology, landscape meteorology and the commodification of the atmosphere. John was the founder of two University Spin-out companies Thermal Mapping International and Entice Technology, and has been President of the Standing International Road Weather Commission on two occasions. His previously published writing includes the 2008 work 'A rough guide to environmental art' and the book 'John Constable's Skies'. Visit:

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Extraordinary General Meeting of the RCE (NECTER)

4pm - 5pm, Wednesday 19th October
Rm G27, Devonshire Building, Newcastle University

RCE North East partners were invited to come and discuss the future direction and constitution of the RCE beyond the launch. Minutes of the meeting, NECTER constitution.

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An audience with Jackie Kay

5.30pm - 8.00pm, 20th October
Centuria, Teesside University

Poet and novelist Jackie Kay MBE in conversation with Kachi Ozumba.

Jackie Kay’s memoir, Red Dust Road, is full of twists, turns and emotions – from the moment when she realises that her skin is a different colour from her mum and dad’s, to tracing and finding her birth parents, her Highland mother and Nigerian father.

Nigerian writer and Teesside University lecturer, Kachi Ozumba accompanied her for part of the journey to Nigeria to trace her roots – a chance conversation with Kachi, then a PhD student at Newcastle University, had revealed that his uncle in Nigeria had been mentored by Jackie’s birth father.

Jackie will be reading from Red Dust Road – and will be in conversation with Kachi about her turbulent journey to Nigeria and about the role that chance plays in our lives.

Jackie Kay MBE was born in Edinburgh and brought up in Glasgow. Her first collection of poetry, The Adoption Papers, was published in 1991. Her first novel, Trumpet (1998) was awarded the Guardian Fiction Prize and shortlisted for the International Impac Dublin Literary Award. Other books include two collections of short stories, Why Don't You Stop Talking (2002) and Wish I Was Here (2006) which won her the British Book Awards’ Decibel Writer of the Year. Her collection for children Red, Cherry Red (2008) won the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education award; while her memoir, Red Dust Road has just won the 2011 Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book of the Year. Her latest book, Fiere (2011) is a Poetry Book Society recommendation.

Kachi A Ozumba is a Nigerian-born novelist and short-story writer. He won the Arts Council England’s Decibel Penguin Prize in 2006 and a Commonwealth Short Story Competition in 2009. His debut novel, The Shadow of a Smile (2009) was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize and Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and nominated for the Desmond Elliot Prize. He also lectures in creative writing at Teesside University.

The event is part of black history month at Teesside University

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A Taste of Africa 2011

Friday, 21st October
Middlesbrough Town hall and Central Square, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough.

Africa will come alive in the town of Middlesbrough, North East England. More ...

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Black history month: Eddie Botsio - in and out of the public eye

9.30am - 4.00pm, Friday, 21st October
Athena Building, Teesside University

In and out of the public eye is an exhibition of photographs by current BBC and former ITN journalist Eddie Botsio. It will show British broadcasters as you have never seen them before.

At a time when the media landscape is experiencing unprecedented change, Eddie has photographed some of the architects of the BBC’s public service heritage.

On show will be portraits of some of the leading media personalities of today and one or two potential stars of tomorrow.

Eddie will also give a presentation about his life and work in journalism during his visit. This is a great opportunity to find out more about the world of media journalism.

The event is part of black history month at Teesside University

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Here and now conference

9.45am - 2.00pm, Friday, 21st October
Phoenix Building - G.13, Teesside University
Booking required

This conference is aimed at international students and anyone with an interest in black and minority ethnic communities’ issues.

The here and now conference is a Cultures CiC event for the whole of the North East region.

Supported by Teesside University, it will feature inspirational black and minority ethnic speakers, including current and past Teesside students.

Eddie Botsio, award-winning BBC journalist, Ray Mallon, Mayor of Middlesbrough and Shahda Khan, Principal Cohesion Officer at Middlesbrough Borough Council, will also speak at the conference.

The event is part of black history month at Teesside University

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Visions for the Future of the City

12:30pm - 4:30pm, Saturday 22nd October
Newcastle University

Newcastle has changed beyond all recognition over the last 40 years and is still changing fast. In 2010 Forum for the Future ranked Newcastle as the most sustainable of the UK's twenty largest cities for the second year running (see Sustainable Cities Index). Is this an accolade we should attempt to retain? What can we do to ensure that Newcastle is better in 2050 than it is today? A group of engineers will present their answers to these questions to a public audience and will then discuss and adapt their ideas to seek a consensus using new economics foundation's Crowd Wise method. So, come along, join in the discussions and play your part in the experiment! More ...

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Resilience for Future Energy Systems

9:45am - 4:30pm, Monday 24th October
Newcastle Civic Centre
Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 8QH

Northumbria University
The purpose of the event is to present and discuss concepts of resilience, from different disciplines, and consider their possible transfer and application to energy systems. Exchange of ideas, networking, and building collaborative links, are key elements of the event.

During the morning session, we have arranged a number of guest speakers including:

The afternoon session will involve some workshops which enable participants to discuss the ideas presented in the morning, to present their own ideas and concepts, and to discuss these in an informal setting with like-minded colleagues. We hope, at the end of the day, to have enabled the development of collaborative links which bear fruit in the long term. We also intend to publish a position paper based on the day’s events.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided and travelling expenses will be available to attendees if required.

If you would like to attend, please contact by email advising of any special dietary requirements or allergies be.resilience @

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Newcastle Bicycle Festival 2011

Friday 28th October

5.30pm Bike Festival Cycle ride through Newcastle and Alleycat Treasure Hunt. Meet at Haymarket
6.30pm Finish at the Star & Shadow Cinema for Food and bar and relax.
Short films to watch at your leisure including:
Re-Cycle.... Bikes 2 Africa screening between 6.30pm and 7.30pm
7.30pm Beauty and the Bike film (cycling in Darlington and Bremen), followed by a discussion with the Directors
9.30pm - Bristol Asylum Seekers Bike Project [film]
with bar, music, DJ & dancing until midnight.

Saturday 29th October

Open Day at Recyke y'Bike
Sales as usual 10.00 - 1pm. Stalls and Bicycle info from NewCycling Campaign group, Rainfrog, Lush, and lots more
11.00 Bike Maintenance Demo at Recyke y'Bike Workshop.

Sunday 30th October

9.45 Cycle Ride organised by Watbike
1.00 Tyneside Cinema Digital Lounge. Breaking Away - Classic coming of age movie from 1979 (see below)

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Breaking Away

1pm, Sunday 30th October
Tyneside Cinema Digital Lounge

Charming coming of age story following a group of four teenagers in Bloomington, Indiana, who enter a bicycle race against a professional Italian cycling team.

Starring Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern, Jackie Earle Haley, Barbara Barrie and Paul Dooley. Written by Steve Tesich and directed by Peter Yates.

The film won the 1979 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Tesich, and also received nominations for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Barbara Barrie), Best Director, Best Original Score and Best Picture. The film also won the 1979 Golden Globe Award for Best Film (Comedy or Musical).

Screening as part of 3rd Newcastle Bicycle Film Festival

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500 Years Later

October: Black History Month Film
date and venue to be announced

Independent documentary film directed by Owen 'Alik Shahadah, written by M.K. Asante, Jr.

Crime, drugs, HIV/AIDS, poor education, inferiority complex, low expectation, poverty, corruption, poor health, and underdevelopment plagues people of African descent globally - Why? 500 years later from the onset of Slavery and subsequent Colonialism, Africans are still struggling for basic freedom-Why? Filmed in five continents, and over twenty countries, 500 Years Later engages the authentic retrospective voice, told from the African vantage-point of those whom history has sought to silence by examining the collective atrocities that uprooted Africans from their culture and homeland. 500 Years Later is a timeless compelling journey, infused with the spirit and music of liberation that chronicles the struggle of a people who have fought and continue to fight for the most essential human right - freedom.

Released in 2005 this film won five international film festival awards including UNESCO 'Breaking the Chains Award' in the category of Best Documentary.

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La Maison Jaune (The Yellow House)

date and venue to be announced

La Maison Jaune
Introduced by Guy Austin, School of Modern Languages, Newcastle University

A sublime and moving Algerian film from 2007 about a Berber family's struggle to obtain electricity. Directed by Amor Hakkar and starring Amor Hakaar, Aya Hamdi and Tounis Ayit-Ali. The eldest son of a family has died in a car accident during military service and the father, Maloud, sets off to collect his son's body for proper burial. On his return he realises that his wife Fatima has fallen too deep into grief and tries in vain to bring a smile to her face once again. Then a mysterious plastic cassette is discovered among the lost son's belongings ...

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Journey to the Center of the Earth

Journey to the Center of the Earth

date and venue to be announced

Introduced by Professor Paul Younger, Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability

In this 1959 version of the Jules Verne novel, an Edinburgh professor is intrigued by a strange rock given to him by one of his students. Uncovering its secret leads him and a few other hardy individuals to a dangerous journey that may have no return.

Nominated for three Academy Awards for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Effects, Special Effects and Best Sound and won a second place Golden Laurel award for Top Action Drama in 1960. Directed by Henry Levin. Starring Pat Boone, James Mason, Arlene Dahl, Peter Ronson, Diane Baker, Thayer David and Alan Napier.

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Newcastle University

The Great Debate: Facing the Future

Saturday 5th November 2011
Sponsored by Economic and Social Research Council and Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability

FREE day of argument and documentary-making. The day includes active debates open to all on population and the limits to social and technical engineering and a film-training workshop for young people. Speakers include Ian Abley, architect and director of audacity, Barry K Gills, Professor of Global Politics, Roger Martin, Chair, Population Matters and Brendan O'Neill, editor, Spiked Online. More ...

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Occupation 101

Monday 7th November, 6:30pm
Culture Lab, Newcastle University

Cinema Politica Newcastle present this thought-provoking and powerful documentary film on the current and historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Occupation 101 presents a comprehensive analysis of the facts and hidden truths surrounding the never ending controversy and dispels many of its long-perceived myths and misconceptions. The film also details life under Israeli military rule, the role of the United States in the conflict, and the major obstacles that stand in the way of a lasting and viable peace.

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the great debate schools programme
Newcastle University
The Great Debate

The Great Sustainability Debate: School debating competition

Monday, 14th November 2011
Event commisioned and hosted by Newcastle University

Students prepare for debate at SCENE launch, Nov 2010. Photograph by Kasey Williamson

One day event organised by The Great Debate in partnership with Newcastle University and NIReS. Eight schools will take place in a competition in which students are encouraged to engage critically with contemporary issues related to sustainability. Prizes will be awarded to the winning team, the runners up and best individuals. This event is part of a series of activities taking place throughout 2011 to celebrate Newcastle University’s world-leading work on sustainability. More ...

An opportunity for schools ... Thanks to the generous support of Newcastle University The Great Debate will be offering each of the eight schools that take part in the competition a free half-day debating workshop with experts from The Great Debate team. There is so much to gain from debating, not least skills in doing independent research, public speaking, presentation, and of course formulating and sustaining an argument. Thinking for themselves and thinking on their feet develops the confidence and skills required to make informed judgements about scientific and social issues, taking participants well beyond the subject matter of the debates. So, whether your school has an established culture of debating or not, you can benefit from this special offer [offer now closed].

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Dying for Life: Global Student Forum regional conference

Thursday, 17th November, 10am - 4pm
The CastleGate Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne

The Global Student Forum regional conference for sixth form students in North East England will look at the greatest health inequity in the world today: the fact that 99% of pregnancy related deaths occur in the developing world. more ...

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Press Play festival

Thursday, 17th November - Sunday 20th November
Various venues in Newcastle

Four days of film screenings, workshops and music for the discerning film fan, including:

17 November, 14:00, Side Cinema: Crowd Surfing: DIY film funding and distribution
17 November, 17:00, Side Cinema: Film: Just Do It
18 November, 18:10, Tyneside Cinema: Film: Press Pause Play
19 & 20 November, 12:00, Star and Shadow: DIY Super 8 Workshop
19 November, 14:00, Side Cinema: Film: Shut Up Little Man
19 November, 16:00, Side Cinema: Film: Winnebago Man
19 November, 20:00, Cumberland Arms: RIP: A Remix Manifesto + Man With Feathers + Brad Field
20 November, 11:00, Culture Lab: DIY 90 Second Film Challenge
20 November, 11:00, Cumberland Arms: Film: Up
20 November, 14:00, Side Cinema: Film: Beauty Day
20 November, 16:00, Side Cinema: Film: Vigilante Vigilante - The Battle For Expression
20 November, 19:30, Star and Shadow: Richard Dawson presents Bombon El Perro
More ...

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Newcastle Winter Book Festival

Thursday, 24th - Sunday 27th November
Various venues in Newcastle

Take a well-known musician, a politician, writers of crime and TV drama, throw in a line of poetry or two, some fiction, a 24 hour non-stop event, some ‘writer’s for hire’, a CSI expert, a festival club, forensic crime for adults – and kids, and a walking tour of ‘Haunted and Bloody Newcastle’ and there you have a flavour of the exciting Newcastle Winter Book Festival.

Spanning five days and six iconic venues around the city of Newcastle, the Festival is crammed with well-known and critically acclaimed authors from the North East such as David Almond, Michael Chaplin, Ann Cleeves and Simon Donald as well as authors from further afield too, including Liz Lochhead, Alistair Moffat, MC Beaton and Hugh Cornwell. For the full programme, and to book tickets, please visit

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Sylvia Pankhurst: Everything is Possible

7:30pm, Thursday 1st December
Star and Shadow cinema

Film screening followed by discussion with the film-makers. In feature length essay form, Sylvia Pankhurst: Everything is Possible traces the ideas, campaigns and political life of the suffragette and revolutionary Sylvia Pankhurst. The film is packed with facts from primary sources, rare images from museums and archives, interviews with historians and compelling testimony from Sylvia’s son Richard Pankhurst and his wife Rita. More ...
Tickets £5 / £3.50 concessions / £2 for school students

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The Future of Energy for the North East

6:30 - 8:30pm, Monday 12th December
Room 1.11, Drummond Building, Newcastle University

Part of the Sustained Engagement project funded by Royal Academy of Engineering.

How will the North East of England meet its energy needs in 30 years time? A group of engineers will each present their answer to this question to a public audience and will then discuss and adapt their ideas to seek a consensus using new economics foundation's Crowd Wise method. More ...

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What Would Jesus Buy?

6pm, Wednesday 14th December
Cinema Politica Newcastle
Culture Lab, Newcastle University

An examination of the commercialization of Christmas in America while following Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir on a cross-country mission to save Christmas from the Shopocalypse (the end of humankind from consumerism, over-consumption and the fires of eternal debt).

Screening followed by talk and discussion with Dr Matt Davies (Politics lecturer, Newcastle University)

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