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Manor Gardens Centre      Newsletter September 2016      Issue 9

What Price Free Speech?

We live in a world where people think it’s OK to say what you like on social media but turn on anyone who dares to put forward views that don’t conform. Manor Gardens Welfare Trust is taking up the debate by hosting a Keynote Lecture called What Price Free Speech at Islington Town Hall on Thursday 22nd September between 7 and 9pm.
     The Speaker is Nick Cohen, journalist, author and political commentator. He is a columnist for The Observer, a blogger for The Spectator and TV critic for Standpoint magazine. He has written for the London Evening Standard and the New Statesman. His most recent book You Can't Read this Book was published by HarperCollins in 2012 and deals with censorship. The Keynote Lecture will defend Free Speech and how vital it is to maintain a vibrant, dynamic and tolerant society.
     Comedian Kate Smurthwaite will also give her take on free speech. Kate Smurthwaite is a left-wing, feminist, atheist stand-up comedian and political activist. She performs all over the UK and around the world at major clubs. Kate is often a guest on news and debate shows and is well known for her forthright opinions and campaigning work.
     Held in the magnificent Council Chamber of Islington Town Hall the event will also give members of the audience the opportunity to comment and discuss with the speakers. The event will be chaired by the Manor Gardens’ Chair of Trustees Alan Elias, who is also Acting Chair of the Court and Council of the LSE.
     Light refreshments will be available from 7pm and the lecture will start at 7.30. The event will follow on from Manor Gardens’ Volunteer Celebration where we thank the 250 volunteers who have worked with us over the last year.
     Tickets, price £5, must be booked in advance through Eventbrite as places are limited. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/what-price-free-speech-tickets-26603934083.

Save the date

It may seem a long way away but we are already planning our next Festival - the Winter Wellbeing Festival - on Monday 20th March. It's easy to think about wellbeing when the sun is shining but when Winter takes hold and the days are dark it's less easy to be upbeat.
     The event will be a mix of taster sessions such as dance, exercise, singing and arts and information stalls around health and wellbeing. Held in the beautiful Islington Assembly Halls next to the Town Hall the event will take place between 12.30 and 4.
     If you are interested in taking part as a stallholder or putting on a taster session please email felicity@manorgardenscentre.org.
Tireless campaigner Leyla Hussein, who also works for our FGM service here, has received some deserved recognition for her continuing work to stop FGM. Her portrait has been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery.
     Portraits are acquired in the Collection of people who have made, or are making, a substantial contribution to British history or culture. The subject of a portrait acquired for the Collection must either be important in his or her field, be a person whose achievements, influence and reputation sets him or her apart as an individual of public interest, or illuminate British history and culture in a significant way.
     The Gallery recognises the important contribution Leyla Hussein has made as a co-founder of the Daughters of Eve and a Chief Executive of Hawa's Haven in providing education and raising awareness on the issues of female genital mutilation and gender-based violence.
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