Empathy and memory in theology and literature! (Affiliates’ meeting, Friday 25th February 2011)

Two memorable presentations from Anastasia Scrutton (compassion, empathy and the intellect) and Simon James (narrative, memory and Dickens) provided a splendid opportunity to see how two apparently loosely-connected enquiries can converge fruitfully in a free-wheeling discussion. (Corinne Saunders, chairing, was absolutely right to insist that we hear both presentations first Read more…

Tilery Lanterns 2011

  The First Final Day… Thursday February 3rd was the date for the parade, but as we all now know, high winds put paid to that plan. We made the decision to postpone the event sooner rather than later. Gilly and I had discussed the matter en route to work. Read more…

Tilery Lanterns

Update: Due to the weather conditions, the Parade has been postponed until Thursday February 10. Day Nine We began by assessing the job in hand – the logistics of which lanterns to cover first and where to put them. There were thirty minutes or so of calm before the activity Read more…

Tilery Lanterns

Day Eight “Smells like fish!” is the oft-heard cry. A large covering table was set up with bowls of  latex glue and piles of wet-strength tissue paper. We kept lots of windows open and most people in the room were sporting the lantern fashion garment of choice – a customised Read more…

Tilery Lanterns

Days Six and Seven Saturday’s community-run workshop went very well. A lot of folk came along. Over eighty were given a lunch of home made stew(corned beef or vegetable) with a crusty roll and a host of new lanterns were created. The mams were very pleased with their efforts. “It Read more…

Tilery Lanterns 2011

Day Five Everyone pulled together last night to prepare for today. Nine University students, parents, Gilly and I finished making four large frames, each the size of a trestle table. Year 6 work in groups of 6-8 to decorate the frames with stars and patterns of their choice. and transform Read more…

Tilery Lanterns 2011

Day Four There is to be an open lantern workshop on Saturday, from 10.00am until 3.00pm. Gilly and I aren’t going to be there. It is an opportunity to hand over the reins to the core group, with the support of school staff. So this morning, we began with a Read more…

Tilery Lantern Parade 2011

Tilery primary school is the nearest to Durham University’s Stockton campus, and the Centre has built a strong relationship with the staff, pupils and community. February 3rd will see the third Tilery Lantern Parade, created with a view to hold an annual community event that will become a local tradition, Read more…