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In advance of the Summer News File being posted out to members at the end of this week, here's a full list of events that the Anglo-Ethiopia Society has organised for the remainder of 2022.
All of the events can be attended online but, for the hybrid events, you will also be able to attend in person.

Tuesday 20th September, 19:00 - Book Club - ONLINE - In Ethiopia with a Mule
The Anglo-Ethiopian Society's book club will discuss In Ethiopia with a Mule by Dervla Murphy.
In 1966 Dervla Murphy bought Jock, an amiable pack-mule in order to trek across the highlands of Ethiopia.

Sunday 25th September, 14:00 - Lecture - HYBRID - Amharic Book Afternoon
Ethiopian Community in Britain, 2a Lithos Road, London NW3 6EF
An Ethiopian book afternoon, with discussions about translating Amharic literature and of producing cartoons for an Ethiopian audience.
14:00 - Doors Open, Henningham Family Press and Bethlehem Attfield will be selling copies of her translation of The Lost Spell by Yismake Worku. Alex Tefera will be selling copies Funtezya, his latest book of social and political cartoons about Ethiopia. There will be a table of other Ethiopia related books for sale, with many books in Amharic that have been brought over from Addis Ababa
15:00 - Talk, Translating Amharic Literature by Bethlehem Attfield (also available to view online)
16:30 - Talk, A discussion of Alex Tefera's new book, Funtezya, with Angela Raven-Roberts (also available to view online)
18:00 - Event Ends

Wednesday 12th October, 19:00 - Lecture - ONLINE - Nubia, Ethiopia, and the Crusading World, 1095-1402
Adam Simmons will give a talk based on his new book, Nubia, Ethiopia, and the Crusading World, 1095-1402.
The Crusades had a wide variety of impacts on societies throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa. One such notable impact was its role in the development of knowledge between cultures. Adam Simmons argues in his recently published book, Nubia, Ethiopia, and the Crusading World, 1095-1402, that the Nubian kingdom of Dotawo and the Latin Christians became increasingly more connected between the twelfth and early fourteenth centuries than has been acknowledged.

Wednesday 9th November, 19:00 - Lecture - ONLINE - The Eloquent Suri of Ethiopia: People, Art, Culture, Language
Mark Overgaard will introduce the Suri people, whose homeland is in a remote southwest corner of Ethiopia. Mark first visited the Suri during a photographic tour in late 2019, just before the pandemic shutdown. He was immediately struck and inspired by their grace and beauty, including the artistic adornments based on local natural ingredients that they create for their bodies, particularly for special occasions. The names of Suri portrait collaborators, when translated to English, provide fascinating glimpses into the Suri language and culture and can show the written form of the language, which didn’t exist until the mid-2000s. The Suri Literacy Project (SLP) worked for 20 years to help define, refine and teach that written language to children and adults, but the project ended in 2021. The challenge now is how to ensure that key thrusts of that project continue, including mother tongue literacy initiatives for both children and adults.

Tuesday 22nd November, 19:00 - Book Club - ONLINE - Fuchsia
For this book club we're going to discuss Fuchsia by Mahtem Shiferraw.
Winner of the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets, Ethiopian American Mahtem Shiferraw’s Fuchsia examines conceptions of the displaced, disassembled, and nomadic self. Embedded in her poems are colors, elements, and sensations that evoke painful memories related to deep-seated remnants of trauma, war, and diaspora. Yet rooted in these losses and dangers also lie opportunities for mending and reflecting, evoking a distinct sense of hope. Elegant and traditional, the poems in Fuchsia examine what it means to both recall the past and continue onward with a richer understanding.

Thursday 8th December, 18:30 - Lecture - HYBRID - On Culture and Conflict
Ethiopian Community in Britain, 2a Lithos Road, London NW3 6EF
Stephen and Lisa worked with the Ethiopian Heritage Fund, a UK-based charity, to preserve wall paintings in the rock-cut and built churches of Tigray, including the beautiful paintings at the church of Maryam Bahra, which is located about 26 km north of Hawzen in Tigray. 
Recognising that the burden of care for the churches rests primarily on local communities, they introduced ways to enable the local community to benefit financially for maintaining the church. Sadly these cross-over initiatives between cultural heritage preservation and local community assistance were halted by the civil conflict that started in November 2020.
Stephen and Lisa founded a new charity, Desta Ethiopia, to be a conduit for humanitarian aid. Since their conservation work had been principally in Tigray and they have well-established contacts there, this region is the focus of the charity’s efforts. But they are helping people in other regions, too, including Afar and Amhara. Their aim is to help the most vulnerable, especially women who have been victims of sexual violence, women and their children who have lost their homes, and destitute children in rural areas.
Also available to view online from 19:00.

Tuesday 31st January 2023, 19:00 - Book Club - ONLINE - A Down Home Meal for These Difficult Times
For this book club we're going to discuss A Down Home Meal for These Difficult Times by Meron Hadero.
Winner of the 2020 Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing and the 2021 AKO Caine Prize for African Writing, Ethiopian American author Meron Hadero’s gorgeously wrought stories in A Down Home Meal for These Difficult Times offer poignant, compelling narratives of those whose lives have been marked by border crossings and the risk of displacement.
The book is being published in the UK by Canongate in December.

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