Echoes from Auschwitz: Jewish child forced labourers and the Holocaust
During the Second World War, 1.5 million Jewish children were murdered in the Holocaust. Only a small minority survived as child forced labourers, in hiding or with partisan groups. Jewish children were forced to work in ghettoes, concentration and labour camps, in industry and agriculture; the Wehrmacht and SS deployed children in particular in construction work on fortifications, roads and airfields. The lecture will focus on a recently finished project in which hundreds of testimonies as well as contemporary and post-war documents have been researched. Some aspects of the children’s living and working experiences and their chances of survival will be analysed.
Josh is a rising star in the comedy world and has not only written for some of your favourite TV shows but also appeared on BBC3.
His solo shows “A Boy Named Pugh” and “The Changingman” have garnered rave reviews and it’s an honour to have him grace our stage.
•English Comedian of the Year 2016
•Hot Water Comedian of the Year 2016
•Birmingham Comedy Festival New Act of the Year 2015
•Nottingham Comedy Festival New Act of the Year 2015
•Midlands Comedy Awards new comedian of the Year 2014 & 2015
“offbeat ideas, strong imagery and dry observational asides, he finds laughs in unusual places. A promising voice” – Chortle
“A keen comic mind” – London Evening Standard
1) Harvey Hawkins
Critically acclaimed, award winning Harvey has performed alongside such comedy legends as Gary Delaney, Tom Stade and Joe Lycett to name but a few – and more importantly he’s a top guy too.
••Birmingham Comedy Festival New Act of the Year 2016
2) Adam Beardsmore
Adam has performed at the BBC New Comedy 2016 awards and was nominated for the Birmingham Comedy Festival New Act of the Year 2018 but narrowly lost out to the multiple award winning comedian Laura Monmoth.
Currently gigging alongside TV stars, it’s only a matter of time before he makes it big.
3) Danny Clives
This abstract genius has supported people such as James Acaster and Joe Lycett with his awkward, surreal comedy stylings.
He truly is the comedian’s comedian of the moment.
4) Douglas Carter
Doug has done it all. He’s created multiple viral videos, won several comedy awards despite only starting in 2017 and has even upset Jeremy Kyle by exposing his cruel tactics on his hit Facebook page, Random Wafflebollox.
•Midlands Comedy Awards new comedian of the Year 2018
All this will be loosely held together by the bizarre Donald Mackerel, Shropshire native, Cheshire Cat Comedian of the Year 2018 and Midlands Comedy Awards New Comedian of the Year 2018 runner up.
Don’t miss this participatory and wide-ranging discussion on women’s lives, reflecting on the changes in the UK since the right to a parliamentary vote was first granted to some women in 1918.
The session is lead by Helen Pankhurst and will be informed by findings from her book ‘Deeds Not Words: The Story of Women’s Rights, Then and Now.’
Helen Pankhurst CBE is an author, women’s rights activist and international development practitioner.
The great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst, leaders of the British suffragette movement, Helen carries on the legacy.
Since the home Ashes series in 2013, the Evenings with Aggers shows have been delighting audiences and selling out theatres all over England.
Jonathan Agnew learnt his craft under the tutelage of Brian Johnston, emerging from the notoriety of the gloriously funny ‘leg over’ incident (yes, you will hear that tonight!) to become BBC Radio’s voice of cricket.
In his unparalleled View From The Boundary sessions, he has interviewed folk from all walks of life, including rock stars, film legends, writers, comedians, two prime ministers and a boy wizard! His consummate skills on air have proved electric on stage as he has taken on his prickly commentating partner Geoffrey Boycott, spin legend Graeme Swann, Indian’s ‘Little Master’ Sunil Gavaskar, bad boy of English cricket Phil Tufnell and the gloriously eccentric David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd.
Join Aggers in his solo show as he takes us on a trip down memory lane, recounting tales from a wonderful and entertaining career on the field and in the box, with film footage, audio clips and photographs on our big screen.
Evenings With Aggers are always fun, fiery and full of surprises! They are fascinating, hilarious, no-holds-barred evenings for cricket fans and non-lovers of the game alike.
The event is being run in aid of the Professional Cricketers’ Association and we are raising money which will go to the organisation’s Professional Cricketers’ Trust.
Join writer and journalist Kate Spicer as she talks about her life-affirming tragicomic memoir Lost Dog, a tender true story of one woman and her dog, both lost and rescued by love.
Kate Spicer is a middle-aged woman trying to steer some order into a life that is going off the rails. When she adopts a lurcher called Wolfy, the shabby rescue dog saves her from herself. But when the dog disappears, it is up to Kate to hit the streets of London and find him. Will she save him, as he has saved her – or will she lose everything? Trying to find her dog tests her relationship, and her sanity, to its limits – and gets her thinking about her life, and why things have turned out as they have for her.
Lost Dog is a book like no other about both the myth of modern womanhood, and the enduring mystery of the relationship between human and canine. Come and hear Kate and Wolfie’s heartwarming story and meet Wolfie too!
Tickets: £5 (redeemable against a signed copy of Lost Dog). Includes a glass of wine or soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee).
Join Erin Kelly, the bestselling author of He Said She Said, as she returns to Booka to talk about her gripping new suspense novel Stone Mothers.
You can’t keep the secret.
You can’t tell the truth.
You can’t escape the past…
Marianne grew up in the shadow of the old asylum, a place that still haunts her dreams. She was seventeen when she fled the town, her family, her boyfriend Jesse and the body they buried.
Now, forced to return, she can feel the past closing around her. And Jesse, who never forgave her for leaving, is finally threatening to expose the truth.
Marianne will do anything to protect the life she’s built; the husband and daughter who must never know.
Even if it means turning to her worst enemy…
But Marianne may not know the whole story – and she isn’t the only one with secrets they’d kill to keep.
In Stone Mothers, Erin Kelly has written another cleverly crafted and thrillingly addictive novel full of unexpected twists and turns. Following the success of He Said She Said we’re delighted to welcome her back to Oswestry!
Tickets: £5 (redeemable against a signed copy of Stone Mothers). Includes a glass of wine or soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee).
Join us for an evening in the company of Costa award winning author Jess Kidd as she talks about her enchanting Victorian detective novel Things in Jars.
London, 1863. Bridie Devine, the finest female detective of her age, is taking on her toughest case yet. Reeling from her last job and with her reputation in tatters, a remarkable puzzle has come her way. Christabel Berwick has been kidnapped. But Christabel is no ordinary child. She is not supposed to exist. As Bridie fights to recover the stolen child she enters a world of fanatical anatomists, crooked surgeons and mercenary showmen. Anomalies are in fashion, curiosities are the thing, and fortunes are won and lost in the name of entertainment. The public love a spectacle and Christabel may well prove the most remarkable spectacle London has ever seen.
We were big fans of Jess Kidd’s debut novel ‘Himself’ and her follow up ‘The Hoarder’. Now we can’t wait to welcome Jess to Booka and introduce us to the fearless Bridie Devine!
Tickets: £5 (redeemable against a signed copy of Things in Jars). Includes a glass of wine / soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee).
This talk is based on Michael Leach’s best-selling book of the same name. This talk reveals resident British owls in folklore and fact; it looks at barn owls and tawny owls, little owls and cat owls, and the specialised techniques that help them hunt. It dispels misleading myths and reveals the realities of an owl’s life. The talk is illustrated with dramatic high-speed photographs of owls in flight.
Michael sets aside part of each year for presentations, to date he has given talks in 11 countries. Michael has been described as ‘a unique wildlife humourist’ and has spoken at Arts Festivals, Theatres, Schools, Universities, Rotary Clubs, After Dinner events, Science Festivals and Lecture Societies. His talks are lively, informative and thought-provoking.
He has spoken at RSPB and National Trust events. In 1996 Michael gave his 1,500th lecture, since then there have been simply too many to keep close count. The talks are illustrated with original images taken during his expeditions.
Multi-award-winning Jess Robinson is back with a brand new show! More spot-on celebrity impressions, musical comedy and stunning vocal gymnastics. Join Jess as she takes you on another dizzying journey through hilarious improvised musical impressions, serving up a feast of styles and genres from classical to rock to hip hop showcasing the voices of all your favourite celebs. “A feel good, celebratory show”, Observer
As seen on The Imitation Game (ITV), Murder in Successville (BBC3), Dead Ringers (BBC2), The Week That Wasn’t (Sky1), The Now Show (BBC R4) and The Last Leg (C4).
“Naturally funny. Pitch perfect” Telegraph
‘It’s like a mega-concert with all your favourite stars’ ITV
‘Her talent and showmanship is stunning’ Chortle
Calling all cheese lovers! Join us for an evening of tastings and an insight into the craft of artisan cheesemaking with Morgan McGlynn as we celebrate the publication of her new book The Modern Cheesemaker.
Morgan McGlynn is one of the youngest women in the business; she runs Muswell Hill Cheeses in London and is Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch resident cheese expert as well as the cheese adviser for Harrods, Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason and an expert judge at the World Cheese Awards.
The Modern Cheesemaker shows you how to make 18 cheeses, from the rich and gooey, to the wonderfully stinky, and all the cheeseboard favourites – including simple, fresh cheeses such as mozzarella and ricotta, working up to salty and versatile halloumi, feta and paneer, perfect, melting Swiss cheese, through to aged Cheddar and Brie. Starting from the very basics of the making process, with a guide to milk types and the seasonal nature of cheese, The Modern Cheesemaker will deepen your understanding of this essential ingredient and its production. Morgan will give us a peak at the cheesemaking process and pass on her expert tips – from making, storing and ageing to tasting, slicing and hunting out new cheeses.
We’re delighted to be partnering with Appleby’s, Cheesemakers from Hawkstone Abbey Farm, Marchamley, Shrewsbury for this event. Sarah Appleby will also be on hand to showcase their cheeses which you’ll have a chance to taste and savour with a glass of wine.
What better way to spend an evening!
Tickets: £10 (£5 redeemable against a signed copy of The Modern Cheesemaker). Includes cheese tasting & a glass of wine/soft drink. Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee).
Join Simon the Storybodger at the barn in Comer Woods. Settle down for 45 minutes of tall tales inspired by the surrounding woodland. The Shepherd’s Hut will be serving hot drinks and light refreshments.
For information https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dudmaston/whats-on
Tour the newly planted rose border at Dudmaston, before spending time with Michael Marriott, world renowned rose expert and Technical Manager at David Austin Roses. Rediscover the beauty of this much-loved flower and explore the different ways that roses can be used in gardens. Browse the Stable Courtyard shop and treat yourself to a rose for your own garden. A glass of wine and light refreshments are included in the ticket price. Booking is essential.
Parenthood is a crafty beast. The second you master something it changes the game so you’re rubbish at it again.
Stand-up comedian, viral blogger and bestselling author Sam Avery (aka the Learner Parent) started his award-winning blog when his twin boys were born. A million nappies, Peppa Pig episodes and a head-full of hair loss later, he shares all the lows, highs and hilarious in-betweens of his experiences of first-time parenthood.
Sam’s honest, messy account of wrestling with sleep deprivation and breast pumps – right through to his botched attempts at discipline and pathetic bids to stifle various toddler tantrums that definitely registered on the Richter scale – will have you testing your pelvic floor with laughter.
‘Quick wit and painfully funny’ METRO
‘A gifted storyteller’ THE LIST
Lexicographer – Best Selling Author – Queen of Dictionary Corner
Take a journey into the curious, unexpected, and downright surreal origins of the words we use every day. Susie will retell the adventures that lie hidden within such words as lasagne (involving a chamber pot) and bugbear (a terrorising monster), and explain such oddities as the silent h in ghost and the mysterious disappearance of kempt, gormful, and ruly (and yes, you really can be gruntled). She will look to the lexicon of the past to fill some of today’s linguistic gaps – such as the frenzied fit of tidying we all do just as guests are about to descend (that’s a scurryfunge).
Alongside such forgotten stories you will hear Susie’s selection of the funniest moments from her 25 years on Countdown and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, as well as some startling results from eavesdropping on a group of waiters.
Each evening will include some of Susie’s favourite words from the towns and regions she visits, and she’ll be asking the audience for theirs. In fact, she’ll be welcoming any questions about word origins, usage irritations, the dreaded impact of Americanization, and the very future of our language in her very own ‘word surgery’.
Funny, fact-filled and delightful. – Jonathan Ross
Wonderfully clever and funny . . . a national treasury from a national treasure. – Richard Osman
Susie Dent is a one-off. She breathes life and fun into words. – Pam Ayres
Prepare to laugh the night away at our comedy and curry night – this promises to be a hugely popular and entertaining evening with a line-up of hilarious comedians.
Ian Stone is a British stand-up comedian, broadcaster and writer notable for appearing as a guest on shows like Mock the Week and is also a regular guest on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Fighting Talk. He currently presents the weekday breakfast show on London-based digital and AM sports radio station Love Sport Radio.
Kate Lucas is an award-winning musical comedian known for her razor sharp and deliciously dark songs. She combines catchy melodies with original lyrics to showcase her playfully bitter musings on life. Audiences have come to expect what not to say and how not to behave from this gloriously talented young comic.
Jonathan Elston is a fresh, punchy, gag-driven comic who combines sharp joke writing and quirky observations with a youthful likability that charms his audience and endears him to any room.
A cash bar will be available throughout the night serving soft and alcoholic drinks AND curry! For just £8.95 you can treat yourself to a curry, rice and naan (veggie curry available).
Parking is at the Museum of Iron and Enginuity. Doors open at 7pm. Recommended age for this event is 16+.