Patrick Wheeler and Hubert Pragnell, both active members of the East Kent Branch of OUS have recently had books published and it is with great pleasure that we bring them to your attention.
Hubert Pragnell: York: An artists View, an Architectural Guide
Published by Northern Arts Publications, Huddersfield ISBN: 978-1-909837-22-5 136pp on high quality art paper RRP £20.
A substantial introduction to the history of York & its architectural heritage with approximately ninety of Hubert’s own illustrations in watercolour and ink & wash covering the main streets and principal buildings within the wall and not least the Minster. The aim is for it to act not only as a guide to York but also the development of English architectural style from the Roman period with York being one of the few British cities which an show substantial remains for each period from the Roman. There is a glossary and bibliography. RRP£20.
Further details can be obtained from Northern Arts Publications website: http://jeremymillspublishing.co.uk/bookshop/index.php
Go to: http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/11765706.print/ for a review.
Patrick Wheeler: Ribbons Among the Rajahs A history of British Women in India before the Raj
Published by Pen and Sword History ISBN: 9781473893276 246pp RRP £25.
From the mid-eighteenth century onwards, British women started travelling in any numbers to the East Indies, mostly to accompany husbands, brothers or fathers. Very little about them is recorded from the earlier years, about the remarkable journeys that they made and what drove them to travel those huge distances. Some kept journals, others wrote letters, and for the first time Patrick Wheeler tells their story in this fascinating and colourful history, exploring the little-known lives of these women and their experiences of life in India before the Raj. With a perceptive approach, Ribbons Among the Rajahs considers all aspects of women’s lives in India, from the original discomfort of traversing the globe and the complexities of arrival through to creating a home in a tight-knit settlement community. It considers, too, the effects of the subservience of women to the needs of men and argues for the fusion of European and Indian cultures that existed before imperial times.
Message from our member David Newsholme, Assistant Organist at Canterbury Cathedral:I’m writing to ask whether you would circulate details of a concert that I’m giving at Canterbury Cathedral on Saturday 17 February, please. Full details are below. Amongst the five performers is a soprano who will take up a choral scholarship at The Queen’s College in September, and two graduates of New College. I very much hope that this occasion will be of interest to members. I’d certainly be very grateful for your help.The occasion will feature three wonderful singers: Saskia Jamieson-Bibb (a former Cathedral Chorister), John Findon, and George Coltart (OKS), together with acclaimed theorbo player Matthew Wadsworth. This will be the debut performance of my newly-founded ensemble, the Caroline Consort.
And a divine concert it was – enjoyed by several OUS EKB members!
Modern Greek Language Classes – and Greek Dancing!
Ms Andrea Kourellias, who recently joined our committee, continues to promote the teaching of Modern Greek in East Kent as a minority language.
Since 2010, she has been the only KCC Adult Education Modern Greek tutor in East Kent, and is only one of two tutors in the whole of Kent. Andrea has taught Modern Greek in Canterbury from 2010 to 2017, but since 2017 taught the first ever beginners Modern Greek class in Margate.
Greek continuation is available in Margate from Tues 6th March 2018 for 11 weeks (7-9pm).
Also Andrea is the only tutor in Kent for KCC Adult Education to teach Greek dancing. Currently there are Greek dancing courses on offer in Margate on Sat 3rd March and 12th May 2018 with a view to further Greek dancing classes and Greek language classes being available from the Autumn of 2018 in Thanet.
Anyone interested should go to the KCC adult education website or e-mail Andrea direct at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or call the adult education number on 03000 41 2222. The continuation class is for those who have a knowledge of Modern Greek, although Ancient Greek is useful, but the course includes speaking/listening/reading/writing and is more functional Greek for holiday use, with some incidental grammar where this fits in.