October 2017

Lindsey Unsprung

Lindsey Chapman

Lindsey Chapman is fascinated by the relationship between the natural world and our own cultural heritage, which is particularly poignant in this City of Culture year. From the wonders of our magnificent seas to the people who write songs about them, Lindsey takes you on a journey through nature and art.

Lindsey grew up in rural East Yorkshire and now has a varied career in broadcasting. This includes presenting BBC Two’s Springwatch Unsprung with Chris Packham; a live, audience-centred show celebrating the very best of UK wildlife. She is also the co-presenter (alongside Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall) of BBC One’s Big Blue UK, exploring marine life around the British Isles.

10th Oct

Zachariah Pearson – Philanthropist Extraordinaire

Dr. Marian Shaw

“Three cheers for Mr Pearson, the working man’s friend and benefactor!” (1860)

“The town would have been better if we had never seen Mr Pearson or his park.” (1863)

These two contemporaneous quotations summarise the polarisation which came to define Zachariah Pearson, the rags-to-riches Mayor who presented Hull with its first ‘people’s park’.

Marian had only snippets of family mythology about her great-great-grandfather, but in 2004 she came to Hull and started her quest to find the truth about Zachariah Pearson and became fascinated with his controversial life.

17th Oct

Jim Thompson - Thai Silk Baron

Denise Heywood

Jim Thompson arrived in Bangkok as a US army officer in 1945, fell in love with it and stayed. Captivated by the lustrous beauty of Thai silk, he resuscitated the ancient craft.

An aesthete, art collector, and celebrated society host,  he disappeared suddenly at the height of his success.

Denise worked in Cambodia as a journalist in the 1990s.   Her books include one on the Buddhist temples of Laos, Ancient Luang Prabang and Laos, and Cambodian Dance Celebration of the Gods.   She has written for many art, literary and travel publications, and has appeared on television and radio.

24th Oct

A Taste of Cornwall

Keith Holmes

From the towering cliffs and surf of the north coast to the pretty coves and harbours in the south, Keith makes an epicurean journey through England’s most westerly county.

Included are a vineyard in the Camel valley, the Tregothnan estate,and  the Lost Gardens of Heligan.

Keith Holmes shows superb photographs of coast and countryside and examines the landscapes, buildings and stories that lie within.  Photographs lead the viewer through some of the most exquisite landscapes in England and beyond.

31st Oct

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