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In advance of the Winter News File being posted out to members later this month, here's a full list of events that the Anglo-Ethiopia Society has organised for the first few months of the new year.
All events start at 19:00.

Tuesday 18 January - Book Club - ONLINE - The Scent of Eucalyptus
The Anglo-Ethiopian Society's book club will discuss The Scent of Eucalyptus by John Dillon.
John Dillon has penned and edited many academic books in his career as professor of the classics both in the University of California, Berkeley, and Trinity College, Dublin. This is his first work of fiction.
Set in Ethiopia in the early 1960s, this is both a roguish coming of age novel and a snapshot of a world on the cusp of change.

Wednesday 26 January - Lecture - ONLINE - Sing and Sing On - Sentinel Musicians and the Making of the Ethiopian American Diaspora
Kay Kaufman Shelemay will give a talk based on her new book, Sing and Sing On, the first study of the forced migration of musicians out of the Horn of Africa dating from the 1974 Ethiopian revolution. Musicians were among the first to depart the region and Sing and Sing On traces the challenges musicians faced amidst revolutionary violence, and the critical role they played in building communities abroad.

Wednesday 16 February - Lecture - ONLINE - Of Age-Grades, Heroes and Kings, The Frobenius Institute's Research and Collections on Southern Ethiopia
Members of the Frobenius Institute in Frankfurt, carried out many research expeditions to Southern Ethiopia in the years between 1934 and 1974. Sophia Thubauville will talk about the extensive unique visual documentation of Southern Ethiopia held by the Frobenius Institute as a result of these expeditions and the recent efforts to make their collection more widely known, particularly in Ethiopia.

Tuesday 15 March - Lecture - ONLINE - Ethiopia and Eritrea: Friends or Rivals?
Patrick Gilkes will give his thoughts on the changeable relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea after Eritrea's independence in 1991 (de facto) and 1993 (de jure), the 1998-2000 war, Eritrean isolation, the rapprochement of 2018 as well as its results... and the future direction of relations between the two countries.

Tuesday 22 March - Book Club - ONLINE - Unbury Our Dead With Song
The Anglo-Ethiopian Society's book club will discuss Unbury Our Dead With Song by Mũkoma wa Ngũgĩ.
In the heart of Nairobi, four musicians gather for a once in a lifetime competition, to see who can perform the best Tizita. In the audience is tabloid journalist John Thandi Manfredi, who is enthralled by their renditions of the Ethiopian blues. A love letter to beauty, music and the imagination, Unbury Our Dead with Song captures how it feels have an encounter with the sublime.

Thursday 21 April - Lecture - ONLINE - Sports & Modernity in Late Imperial Ethiopia
Katrin Bromber will give a talk based on her new book, Sports & Modernity in Late Imperial Ethiopia. A study of the history of modern sports in Ethiopia during the imperial rule of the twentieth century.

Tuesday 10 May - Book Club - ONLINE - The Barefoot Emperor
The Anglo-Ethiopian Society's book club will discuss The Barefoot Emperor by Philip Marsden.
The Barefoot Emperor is history at its most thrilling and dramatic. Philip Marsden recounts the story of Tewodros and his spectacular rise, from camel-raider to King of Kings. Marsden recreates the intriguing paradoxes of a central figure grappling not only with his own people and his own demons, but with the seductive and unstoppable approach of the modern world.
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