Reading Allowed had its first meeting this Saturday past. Around 15 people came, many to share, some just to listen. We squeezed into a snug little room in Grad’s building. This, alongside the hot drinks and dim lamplight, added to the cosiness. We kicked off with a short children’s story about arrogant raindrops. Reading passed anticlockwise around the circle; with teas, hot chocolates and coffees frantically assembled in the intervening spaces. We had a huge variety of pieces: from Hungarian poetry to Silmarillion to Plath to two people’s own work to a passage on fecal analysis from a non-fiction book on wolves. We have no particular limitations on what can be read; speeches and song lyrics being examples of other writing people may share in the future.
There are currently around 26 people on the chat where we organise the meetings. As it is open-invite, more people are slowly trickling in as their friends recommend it. Overall it was a sort of gender-diverse Dead Poets’ Society; something that we didn’t realise until we actually started. There is another one planned this Saturday, hopefully then continuing every other week.
P.S. Much as we love a pun, we’re hoping that a quote will be shared at some point that makes for an even more fitting name.
Due to industrial action, this meeting has been moved to Thursday 17th May 2018 between 1.45 and 4.00.
We have two speakers:
Professor Simon James, Department of English Studies, Durham University on Dickens’s Myths of Childhood. This presentation will consider theories of autobiographical memory in relation to literary texts by Charles Dickens. In particular, it will concern the importance to Dickens of adult mnemonic connection to childhood, and the role of the Blacking Factory in narratives of Dickens’s own development.
Professor Tony Chapman, St Chad’s College on Narratives about the successful life transitions of young people in County Durham. The presentation will include discussion of new evidence on the provision of support to young people in County Durham by public, private and third sector organisations – asking whether the whole is worth more than the sum of the parts.
The presentations will take place in the Horsfall Room, Ramsay House, St Chad’s College, 26 North Bailey (a few doors down from the Main College St Chad’s College building).
It has been a busy year for us in Policy&Practice as several research projects have been completed and new ones started.
Key highlights of the year include the publication of a series of Third Sector Trends reports for Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Garfield Weston / IPPR North.
A major new study Who Runs the North East Now? was published for Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, Institute for Local Government and Muckle LLP.
A new book was also published by the Commonwealth Secretariat on the Contribution of Sport to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
We’re doing new projects for Lloyds Bank Foundation, Big Lottery Fund, Durham County Council and the Economic and Social Research Council all with reports out next year.
In January 2018, Professor Kanji Tanimoto from Waseda University, Tokyo, will come to Durham on a two week research visit to St Chad’s College as a Visiting Professorial Fellow. In addition to the delivery of a seminar on 18th January in St Chads, he will meet colleagues from Durham University Business School, Newcastle University Business School and Newcastle Business School (Northumbria University). Meetings have also been arranged with the Institute for Advanced Studies, Teikyo University and the North East Initiative on Business Ethics (NIBE).
Kanji Tanimoto is Professor in Business and Society at the School of Commerce, Waseda University, Japan. He recently was Visiting Professor at the Free University of Berlin, Cologne Business School and National Taipei University. Prior to joining Waseda, he was a professor at the Graduate School of Commerce, Hitotsubashi University. He received his doctorate in business administration from the Graduate School of Business Administration, Kobe University.
He is Founder and President of an academy: Japan Forum of Business and Society, which is the first academic society in this field in Japan. He is an editorial member of several journals. He serves on the program committee of the International Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility at Humboldt University. He has been consulting and providing advice to leading Japanese companies on CSR management over the last 20 years. He also has advised Japanese government committees on business & society and social business.
His research interests include the relationship between business and society, corporate social responsibility, social business and social innovation. He has published numerous books and papers.
His personal website is: http://tanimoto-office.jp and email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Regeneration is usually considered in the here and now. But what legacy do such projects leave many years on. Professors Fred Robinson and Alan Townsend have undertaken two projects in Benwell and North Shields as part of the ESRC Imagine research programme hosted by the University’s Centre for Social Justice and Community Action.
The first report looks at the history of regeneration in the Benwell area of Newcastle upon Tyne (North East England) after the Community Development Project (CDP) ended in 1978. It provides an account of the development, implementation and impact of regeneration policies. It draws on archive documents including reports and maps and five in-depth interviews with key actors, past and present, conducted in 2014-15.
This account cannot, of course, cover everything that has impacted on Benwell. The principal focus is on the main ‘area-based initiatives’ that have been implemented in the area, especially those that conveyed explicit ideas about an imagined future – what the area might become. The report shows the context: ideas about what needed to be done and how it should be done and concludes with a statistical section, tracking some key indicators of change in the area over the past 40 years, 1971 to 2011.
The second report looks at North Shields in North Tyneside which looks at the history of regeneration in the North Shields/North Tyneside area after the CDP. The report draws on archive documents including reports and maps and five in-depth interviews with key actors, past and present.
Both reports include a timeline to show the history of area-based policies in Benwell and North Shields, alongside the significant events and the changing local, regional and national political landscape.
If you caught this interview exploration of Brian Blessed’s life in radio a few weeks ago you might not have known that the interviewer Arthur Bostrom is a Chadsian.
Arthur (St Chad’s 1974-77) is an actor on both television and stage. Probably best known for his role as Officer Crabtree in ‘Allo ‘Allo, he has also guest starred in a wide variety of TV shows, and audio dramas. He also presented an episode of BBC Radio 4’s Word …of Mouth looking into Double Entendres. His recent stage appearances include Malvolio in Original Theatre Company’s production of Twelfth Night.
Richard Taylor (St Chad’s 1982-85) has recently published his book “Edward Johnston: A Signature for London” on the relationship between Edward Johnston, the creator of London’s iconic font and Transport for London.
Johnston Typeface is seen, in an adapted form, on Tube trains, station signs, buses, posters, leaflets and maps and is considered symbollic of London. It celebrates its 100th birthday this year.
Upon completion of his History degree Richard Taylor trained as an archivist and has set up archive departments for both London Transport and Railtrack plc (forerunner to Network Rail). He has worked as the Senior Curator at the National Railway Museum and as the City Archivist for York before working on the “Johnston Journeys” project for the London Transport Museum which culminated in this book. He is currently researching James Staats Forbes, a Victorian Railway Magnate.
Tim FitzHigham, award-winning comedian and Chadsian (1994-1997), is on tour with his show about Will Kempe, Shakespeare’s best known comic actor -dates and locations on his website here.
Tim is both a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce. He is an award-winning comedian, author, artist and a world record holder. The feats he has performed include paddling a paper boat down 160 miles of the River Thames, rowing a bathtub across the English Channel, and inflating the world’s largest man-inflated balloon. In between these feats he has had several very successful runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has toured the UK and Australia both solo and with groups.
Robert Swan OBE FRGS, Chad’s Alumnus (1976-1979) and Honorary Fellow, is an outspoken advocate for the protection of the Antarctic and proponent of renewable energy. He founded 2041, a company dedicated to the preservation of the Antarctic and is the first person to have walked to both Poles.
Help him reach 1million views on his 2014 TED talk “Let’s save the last pristine continent”, and learn more about what could happen in 2041, the year the Antarctic Treaty runs out.