It was fascinating to hear local author Tessa West talk about her most recent biography of Sue Ryder (Baroness Ryder of Warsaw) and her experience preparing Polish freedom fighters returning to fight in occupied Poland during WW2. We also enjoyed earlier poetry and fiction (including poetry from 'The Other Vikings', about Viking women's experiences). Her explanation of the publishing process for a new author - including self publishing and the experience of finding interested publishers for both her biographies seemed as complex as the actual writing itself! Thank you Tessa for a really interesting talk - and what a character the very driven Sue Ryder was!
At our coffee morning on 13th September we discussed the mythical and archaeological concept of the Viking warrior and in particular the recent discovery that one particular warrior always thought to be male was in fact female. We discussed the surprising change in perception and the response that publication of the findings received on social media. What part did myth (the Valkaries in particular) play in our perceptions, and how much can we really know about this individual warrior?
On 16th June we opened our Diversity Garden as part of the Hidden Gardens Scheme, raising money for St Nicholas Hospice. We were delighted to have over 430 visitors during the day and to work in conjunction with the Fair-trade Cafe who offered refreshment. Visitors showed considerable interest in the planting, which is designed to be representative of all continents.
Many thanks to our volunteers and visitors who made this such a successful day.
Our popular book club meets every first Thursday of the month and reads books suggested by members. Recent books include "Double Negative ' by Ivan Vlkadislavic, a vivid representation of life in South Africa during and after apartheid. The main character, a photographer, uses his profession to reflect how one gauges truth in both life and photography.
In June the group read ' A Darker Shade' - a collection of seventeen Scandinavian crime and mystery short stories edited by John-Henri Holmberg.
Please contact us via the website if you would like to join our book group - or come along to one of our coffee mornings and meet the members.
This year was our 10th Taste of Culture Event, where our members and supporters showcase food, either from their own home Country or from a Country with which they have a particular association - perhaps through work or through previous residence. This popular event saw over 100 visitors tasting food from 9 countries together with a cookery demonstration - and opportunity to participate - from one of our members.
We will be enjoying more food and culture next year in October and would be delighted if you could join us. Many thanks to all our participants for their hard work and wonderful food.
Who knew that Suffolk women such as Constance Andrews and Elizabeth Garrett Anderson were so influential in the national debate! An inspiring evening. Thank you Joy.
We also enjoyed the glass mosaic made by our members which will become a feature of the inner courtyard at the St John's Centre in the future.
We will be entering our garden, together with the Fair-trade Garden and Cafe adjoining, in the Hidden Gardens event during June 2019.
It was wonderful to see nearly 40 of our members, friends and families for our evening party on 4th July. This year the very reliable summer weather meant we could enjoy our range of global salads ( followed by strawberries and cream) in the informal setting of the garden at the St John's Centre