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Raymond Williams Foundation 30th Annual Weekend

The Long Revolution Today - Education, Culture and Politics for All

The Adelphi Hotel, Liverpooladelphi hotel
Friday– Saturday/Sunday 18-20 May 2018


For those who like background reading....
Here is a list of background reading for this event
background reading not a necessity however.

Thirty years after Raymond Williams’ death, the Raymond Williams Foundation (RWF) invites people for a weekend of discussion about how to loosen the stranglehold the elite still largely retains on our educational, political and cultural life. Bringing together a wonderful line-up of speakers and the chance for collective participatory discussion, the aim is to generate ideas and proposals and help navigate ways ahead.

The mission of the Raymond Williams Foundation is to support ‘an educated and participating democracy’. This weekend will build on a three-decade-long tradition of the RWF convening a mix of people-centred discussions and innovative and progressive forms of participatory action on the ground.

Provisional Programme (there may be minor changes)

Friday 18 May

6pm - Dinner

7-9pm- ‘A New Politics from the Left’ by Hilary Wainwright - book-launch event. Including short introductory talk by Hilary on how this new book has drawn on Raymond Williams' work to engage with contemporary developments. Event will also feature 2-3 other speakers and include small group participatory discussion and Q&A. Event jointly organised by: the Raymond Williams Foundation, Polity Press and Momentum Liverpool.


9.00pm Singing Together with poetry and song - theme Peace


Saturday 19 May:

8.45am RWF AGM

9.45am Welcome and outline of the day

10am Session 1: What should education for all mean today? Introduced by Sharon Clancy and featuring contributions from guest speakers including Sarah Amsler and Nick Stevenson (University of Nottingham) and Colin Waugh (Independent Working Class Educational Network). Followed by group discussions.

11.30am Coffee

12pm What should education for all mean today? (continued…)

1pm Lunch

2pm Session 2: What should culture for all mean today?
Introduced by Nick Mahony and featuring contributions from guest speakers including Clara Paillard (President, Culture section, PCS Union), Gary Anderson (Free University of Liverpool and Liverpool Hope University) and Tony Crowley (University of Leeds). Followed by group discussions.

3.30 pm Tea and biscuits

3.45pm Final plenary discussion Featuring speakers from the day and geared to collectively identifying key issues and ways ahead.

4.30pm Break / free time

5.30pm Dudley Pretty Annual Memorial Lecture: John Holford (University of Nottingham)

6.30pm Dinner then home for those not staying

Sunday 20 May: Optional

10am Walking tour with Tony Crowley: ‘Scouse - exploring the dialect and language’

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PRICES

Residential fee: £85.00 all-in for the full Fri-Sat 24+hours, 4.00pm to 7.00+pm, Fri/Sat 18-19th May, 2018. Extraordinary value, for this outstanding venue and educational experience!

Residential package includes: Friday's evening meal and event, then on Saturday breakfast, all-day-event, lunch, tea/coffee and dinner.

Participants may book to stay the Saturday night too, also at a special fee rate of £65 arriving from Friday morning onwards and departing any time up to late afternoon, Sunday. This flexibility is another Adelphi advantage (see RWF website for details)

Non-resident fee: £22 for all day on 19th May except dinner
Non-resident fee plus dinner: £37 for all day on 19th including dinner

Some RWF assisted reduced rates will be available for: those in receipt of benefits; anyone on low income and deterred by full-fee payment; especially, students and young people (16-24 years of age).
Recipients pay only £30 pp for the full weekend, as above or £5 for non –residential.
Must be agreed in advance phone 0208 211 3306.

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