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Reminder: have you booked for the Being Human Festival

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The Being Human Festival is a national event which highlights the ways in which the humanities can inspire and enrich our everyday lives, as well as help us to understand ourselves, our relationships with others, and the challenges we face in a changing world. The local festival is funded by the national programme to reflect the University of Reading’s inter-disciplinary expertise in arts and humanities research, engage with the University’s exceptional collections, and invite the public to explore research in exciting and unusual ways. In particular we invite you to two events:

The Long Take: origins & endings in film noir 24 November 2018 4.30pm-8pm at the Minghella Cinema, Minghella Building, Whiteknights Campus, University of Reading, RG6 6BT. The Heritage & Creativity Institute for Collections is teaming up with Reading Film Theatre for the Film Noir evening of film and poetry. Robin Robertson will reflect on his use of noir style, in conversation with John Gibbs, Professor of Film, and Steven Matthews, Professor of English Literature. This will be followed with a much-anticipated showing of the Film Noir classic A Touch of Evil, and accompanied by a digital exhibition curated by the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication.

FOLK: a MERL Late: 20 November 2018 7pm-10pm at The MERL, Redlands Road, Reading, RG1 5EX. This event at The MERL will explore folk culture and folklore. It will feature live music by Magpie Lane, where the audience will be able to bring an instrument and join in the performance. Also on offer are talks, pop-up displays, trails, a silent disco, cocktails and a rural selfie booth. The MERL has garnered worldwide attention over the past 12 months for its use of social media to tell the world about the collections in its archives, and guests will be invited to become a part of the conversation at the events.

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