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Today's date - Wednesday 20 February 2019

Wed 20 February - Liverpool Friends of the Earth meeting

Friendly, informal meeting of Liverpool's local Friends of the Earth group. Past campaigns have included local regeneration, climate change and transport. Open to all!

We meet on the third Wednesday of every month.

6.30pm till 8pm - DoES Liverpool, Unit 3, Floor 4, Gostins Building, 32-36 Hanover Street, Liverpool - location map

Website: www.facebook.com/pg/LiverpoolFoE

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Tue 26 February - Book launch: I Meet Myself Returning by John Darwin

Book launch of I Meet Myself Returning, the new poetry collection by John Darwin (Write Out Loud Sale / Spoken Weird / A Firm of Poets). A poetic journey from the mills and moors of the industrial north to the meals and mosques of the Byzantine middle-east and back again. I Meet Myself Returning is about finding your feet in our convoluted world and letting them take you to a place to call your own. And, occasionally, stopping off for a pint. Author performance and book signing. With special guest Geneviève L. Walsh. Free entry. Doors open at 6pm for a 6.30pm start. Refreshments provided.

6pm - Manchester Central Library, St Peter's Square, Manchester - location map

Email: mail@flapjackpress.co.uk
Website: www.flapjackpress.co.uk

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Thu 28 February - Humanist Ceremonies: the Importance of Stories in Our Lives

We are so excited to showcase a fantastic evening of storytelling, slap bang in the middle of National Storytelling Week!
 
Local storyteller, Andy Johnson, has 'a gentle, engaging style; a self-deprecating sense of humour and brings a warmth to all his stories'. He will be telling a traditional tale to introduce each of the evening's three sections - on the themes of 'End of Life', 'New Life' and 'Love and Commitment'. Our experienced and creative network of local humanist celebrants will then retell a real life story contained within one of the ceremonies they have led… including personal tributes from funerals; tales of becoming parents; and stories of meeting and falling in love.
 
Basically, we want to show off the quality of story-telling within humanist ceremonies - an integral part to how personal they are. And to highlight just how important it is for humans to make meanings through stories, we're comparing real life examples with traditional tales: we can guarantee that you'll enjoy both in equal measure!
 
The evening will include a half hour interval to offer attendees the opportunity to speak to our local celebrants and our compere and storyteller, Andy. The evening will conclude with a Q&A session with all the story-tellers from the night on hand to respond to your thoughts or queries.
 
This night would be of interest to many: those who are considering becoming a celebrant or existing celebrants who want to learn from others; couples, families or venues who are interested in using the services of a celebrant; teachers who want their pupils to know more about Humanism in practice; basically… anyone who likes to hear a story, whether fact or fiction!
 
ALL are very, very welcome :-)
 
Tickets are £5 (£3 concessions). You can buy your ticket on the door, reserve it by emailing secretary-Liverpool (at) humanistgroups.org.uk
 
[NB: All true stories are re-told with permission of the families and couples involved. Each celebrant will be given two free tickets to pass on to the families/couples whose stories they are telling.]
 
ANDY JOHNSON has been building up a reputation in the arts and storytelling world. He has a unique style of telling and includes local tales, true stories, ghost stories and wisdom tales in his repertoire. He draws on a lifetime of working in the library world where he promoted storytelling, literature and developed close community links. In the last 6 years he has told in a variety of settings, including – storytelling and music festivals; libraries; schools; gala days; women’s clubs; storytelling clubs; open mic nights, private house parties and recently Liverpool Cathedral.
 
HUMANIST CEREMONIES ™ is a network of humanist celebrants trained and accredited by Humanists UK. They offer humanist naming, wedding or partnership, funeral and memorial ceremonies for non-religious people. Each ceremony is unique, appropriate, and personal.

19:00 - 21:45 - Liverpool Quaker Meeting House - location map

Email: secretary-liverpool@humanistgroups.org.uk
Website: https://www.meetup.com/Liverpool-Humanists/

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Sat 2 March - Liverpool Friends of Palestine Vigil

Liverpool Friends of Palestine hold their monthly vigil at the bottom of Church Street outside HSBC bank. Vigils held on the first Saturday of every month.

12pm till 2pm - Church Street, Liverpool city centre - location map

Website: liverpoolfriendsofpalestine.co.uk/

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Wed 6 March - Liverpool Friends of Palestine Monthly Meeting

Monthly meeting of Liverpool Friends of Palestine. (Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month.) All welcome.

7pm - Unite The Union, Jack Jones House, 2 Churchill Way, Liverpool - location map

Website: http://liverpoolfriendsofpalestine.co.uk/

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Fri 8 March - International Women's Day with Flapjack Press

Celebrate International Women's Day with the award-winning poets, playwrights and spoken word artists of Flapjack Press. Hosted by Rosie Garland ("Literary hero" - The Skinny), with performances from Cathy Crabb, Sarah Miller, Anna Percy, Melanie Rees & Geneviève L. Walsh. 6pm - 8pm (doors open 5.30pm). Free entry & refreshments provided.

6pm - Manchester Central Library, St Peter's Square, Manchester - location map

Email: mail@flapjackpress.co.uk
Website: www.flapjackpress.co.uk

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Thu 21 March - Book launch: extraño by Steve O'Connor

extraño is the new collection of poetry by Steve O'Connor (Write Out Loud / Freed Up / co-editor Best of Manchester Poets anthologies). Join us for a special book launch event with author performance and book signing, plus special guests. Embrace the strange! Doors open 5.30pm for a 6pm start. Refreshments provided. Published by Flapjack Press.

6pm - Manchester Central Library, St Peter's Square, Manchester - location map

Email: mail@flapjackpress.co.uk
Website: www.flapjackpress.co.uk

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Thu 28 March - Staying Compassionate with Physical Disability You Can’t See

Are you, or is someone you know, living with a long-term but invisible serious health condition? Would you like to increase your ability to support them? This talk looks at what can make this difficult and give you some strategies to develop your compassion and understanding and be a better friend to them. Suitable for patients, friends, family, carers and healthcare professionals. Tickets are £3 available on the door. Elizabeth Turp is a counsellor, writer and expert patient specializing in living well with chronic illness. Patron of an ME charity, author of ‘CFS/ME: Support for Family & Friends’ and contributor to new book ‘When Bodies Break: how we survive and thrive with illness and disability,’ she is passionate about increasing understanding about living with invisible illness.

19:00 - 20:45 - Liverpool Quaker Meeting House - location map

Email: secretary-liverpool@humanistgroups.org.uk
Website: https://www.meetup.com/Liverpool-Humanists/events/258763101/

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Wed 24 April - Book launch: The Anthology of Tomorrow by Flapjack Press Poets

Welcome to The Anthology of Tomorrow! A collection of new poetry from the award-winning poets, playwrights and spoken word artists of Flapjack Press. Hosted by Flapjack's commissioning editor Paul Neads and featuring performances from many of the poets featured in the anthology, this not-to-be missed event is free entry and also comes with free wine and cake! 6pm - 8pm (doors open 5.30pm).

6pm - Manchester Central Library, St Peter's Square, Manchester - location map

Email: mail@flapjackpress.co.uk
Website: www.flapjackpress.co.uk

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Thu 23 May - Developing Non-Religious Pastoral Support

Humanists UK is committed to ensuring that all people with non-religious beliefs have access to pastoral support, just as religious people have access to such support. It does this through its pastoral arm, Humanist Care. We are also committed to ensuring that non-religious people should be able and capable of providing pastoral support to all those who want it, irrespective of their religion or belief.
 
We are building a network of Humanists UK accredited non-religious pastoral carers to provide that support, and now have nearly 150 operating across a range of institutional settings throughout the UK.
 
Simon O'Donoghue will cover the rationale for a non-religious pastoral support service in institutional and community settings, and highlight some of the key challenges that have had to be overcome to establish the service, as well as the current and future opportunities.
 
Simon became Humanists UK’s first full-time Head of Pastoral Support in early 2016.
 
Whilst working for a mental health charity earlier in his career, Simon set up many support groups across the UK for service users and carers, and he helped campaign on a number of initiatives related to mental health equality. He then went on to be the first male employed by a domestic violence organisation in Cheshire, where he established a refuge for male victims and a voluntary CBT programme for abusive men.
 
We'll be going over the road to the Old Post Office pub after the talk - you're very welcome to join us!

19:00 - 20:45 - Liverpool Quaker Meeting House - location map

Email: secretary-liverpool@humanistgroups.org.uk
Website: https://www.facebook.com/liverpoolhumanists

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