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Celebrating Nelson Mandela His Letters, His Legacy
TUESDAY 17 JULY 2018 7:00pm
The Errollyn Wallen Songbook
Taking place at the Union Chapel in London, the event features letters by Nelson Mandela from his time in prison, most of which have remained unpublished until now. A selection of the letters will be read by an array of high-profile people across literature, politics, journalism and activism, including journalist Gary Younge, poet and novelist Jackie Kay, author and academic Zoe Wicomb, winner of the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry Jay Bernard, actor and artistic director of the Young Vic theatre Kwame Kwei-Armah, and composer Errollyn Wallen.

The evening is directed and produced by Josette Bushell-Mingo OBE. Bushell-Mingo’s career spans 35 years as an award-winning actress and director both internationally and in the UK. She is currently co-artistic director for Riksteatern, Sweden.

They will be joined by the book’s editor Sahm Venter and Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela, one of Nelson Mandela’s granddaughters who provided the foreword to the book.

Director of English PEN, Antonia Byatt, says, “English PEN is delighted to be celebrating Nelson Mandela’s legacy of championing human rights. We are thrilled to be joined by leading writers, actors and activists to mark the significance of his years in prison in his centenary year. Today hundreds of writers languish in prison for speaking out, as Mandela did. At PEN we know communication with the outside world for prisoners is crucial; through PEN thousands of people around the world have sent letters to writers in prison to bolster their spirit and to support freedom of expression.”

Editor Sahm Venter, says, “Madiba’s letters are each, on their own, so rich and each one adds to the existing body of knowledge about his life in prison and at times, before he went in. Every piece of writing by Madiba adds a new thread to the existing body of knowledge we have of him and his life and times.”

The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela provides a deeply personal view of Mandela’s period of imprisonment from 1962 to 1990, painting an intimate portrait of a political activist who was as much a devoted husband, adoring father, dedicated student (studying for a law degree behind bars), and abiding friend.

A father of five when he was sentenced to life imprisonment, his letters home became a critical means of parenting in absentia – particularly as he was denied visitation rights until his children had reached the age of sixteen.

During his incarceration, Mandela would pen a multitude of letters to loved ones, compatriots, prison authorities, and government officials. At first he was only allowed to write and receive one letter of five hundred words every six months. Even when restrictions were finally loosened regarding the length and regularity of his correspondence, his jailors continued censoring his letters for political overtones – even innocuous references. The ultimate output reflects the famed Mandela willfulness and resilience; here every word is chosen as if his life depended upon it.

This event will be BSL interpreted.
International Guitar Festival Young Artist Platfor
FRIDAY 20 JULY 2018 7:30pm
Two Guitars
World premiere of Two Guitars given by the Housden-Tarlton Guitar Duo
Kings Place
90 York Way
London N1 9AG
England
020 7520 1490
World premiere of excerpts from the Powder Monkey
22-23 AUGUST 2018
The Powder Monkey
A wholly innovative new opera produced by Brolly Productions (Rachana Jadhav and Dominic Hingorani).
Excerpts of this work in development will be premiered at the National Maritime Museum.
National Maritime Musem
Romney Road
London SE10 9NF
England
WORLD PREMIERE BY NYCGB AT SNAPE MALTINGS
MONDAY 27 AUGUST 2018
MY GRANNY SARAH
ERROLLYN WALLEN IS FRIDAY AFTERNOONS COMPOSER 2018 Errollyn Wallen Songbook live at King's Cross July 27th TRIPLE CONCERTO for Kosmos receives UK premiere
Snape Maltings is delighted to announce that Errollyn Wallen is the composer of 12 new songs for the project in 2018, inspired by her travels around the world.

During her second residency at Snape Maltings in January, the composer worked with young people from the nearby Leiston Primary School, developing her new compositions. On the final day Errollyn and the students visited The Red House, Britten’s home in Aldeburgh, to share snippets of her new works with a small audience.

The new set of songs entitled 'MAP: Songs for Children Everywhere' will be available to download from the Song Bank in April, and will be premiered at the Albermarle Centre, Hull on May 11th. In partnership with Hull Music Hub, the premiere choir will include young people from The City of Hull Junior Choir, Hull Choral Union Junior Chorus and students from Hull Primary and Secondary Schools.
A rare appearance of Errollyn Wallen and her Band X
Performing songs from the ever-expanding Errollyn Wallen Songbook

July 27th 6.30pm
TRIPLE CONCERTO which received its world premiere at Liberation International Music Festival with Kosmos Ensemble and Jersey Chamber Orchestra now comes to Chichester Cathedral on July 5th. 7.30pm
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