Our next Open Day is tomorrow. Student recruitment has the dates for early 2016 up on the website so if you haven’t already, you can get those marked in your calendars. If you have any questions about Open Days, contact student recruitment.
The Magna Carta 800th Anniversary: Lessons for the Future, Lessons for Other Places
Leading authority on the Magna Carta, Professor Nicholas Vincent, will be visiting the University of Bolton to speak on the document lauded as the foundation stone of the British legal system. This is the Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary year – the Magna Carta was signed on 15 June 1215 by King John. Professor Vincent’s lecture, The Magna Carta 800th Anniversary: Lessons for the Future, Lessons for Other Places, will be the third in the annual series of Centre for Islamic Finance lectures. It takes place at the University’s Senate House on Thursday 26 November 2015. The event will start at 4pm with registration and refreshments, followed by the lecture at 5pm. Book here
Sports rehab student Olivia Ratcliffe is a climbing instructor with our Sports Centre who is aiming to conquer Everest for charity – without ever leaving Bolton One! She will be tackling 250 ascents of our climbing wall over 15 hours on Wednesday 2 December, aiming to raise £300 for cancer charities. There’s also a raffle on the day – with family climbing experience prizes, so if you can go along and cheer Olivia on she would very much welcome our support. You can buy a raffle ticket while you are there or donate at www.justgiving.com/Olivia-Ratcliffe1
This event takes place at Bolton Library and starts at 7pm.
Born in Sheffield, Jo Bell was originally an archaeologist. In the early 2000s she reversed the work/hobby balance of archaeology and poetry, and began devising, programming and running poetry events. For six years Jo was director of the UK’s National Poetry Day. She is now a Trustee and erstwhile programmer at Ledbury Poetry Festival, and proud to be the UK’s first Canal Laureate, appointed by the Poetry Society and the Canal and River Trust. She lives on a narrowboat [NB not a barge] currently in the English Midlands. Her latest book is Kith (Nine Arches Press, 2015).
Jo writes about poetry, and sometimes other subjects, for publications like Heritage magazine and Country Walking. Said Jo: ‘I pop up on BBC Radio talking about er, poetry. I also build global projects like Bugged and 52, using social media to build virtual villages where good writing can be done. Mass participation doesn’t mean bad poetry; we work best by holding each other up, and holding each other to account so that we all write better poems.’
Jo was awarded an honorary doctorate for services to poetry in autumn 2015, and won a Saboteur Award for the 52 project in the same year.
She is probably best known, however, for her poetry news on Facebook and Twitter @Jo_Bell. Follow Jo for news of competitions, poetry stories and dozens of UK events including her own.
The event also includes an open mic slot for students and local writers to read their work, and an announcement of the winners of the University of Bolton poetry competition that the University launched for National Poetry Day this year in partnership with the library.
To spectate, just come along on the night. This event is free.
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