Exciting events happening in Bristol!

Friend of the festival, Festival of Ideas, have asked us to let you know about these two exciting events happening this month. 

The first is TONIGHT so don’t delay…

Sally Magnusson: Where Memories Go: Why Dementia Changes Everything
Tue 4 March 2014, 18.30-19.30, Foyles Cabot Circus, Bristol

Regarded as one of the finest journalists of her generation, Mamie Baird Magnusson’s whole life was a celebration of words – words that she fought to retain in the face of a disease which is fast becoming the scourge of the 21st century.

Sally Magnusson was Mamie’s eldest child. In her new book, Where Memories Go, she attempts to keep her mother’s spirit alive as dementia begins to overwhelm both their lives. Chronicling the sadness, the loneliness and the unexpected laughs and joys of caring for a loved one as dementia takes hold, Sally seeks understanding from a range of experts and asks penetrating questions about how we treat older people. Dementia numbers are exploding across the world – with the World Health Organisation estimating one new case every four seconds. If the disease were a country it would be the eighteenth largest in the world. Sally Magnusson presents a timely manifesto and an extraordinary memoir in one searingly beautiful narrative. In this event, she talks about the impact dementia has had upon her and her family and ways to manage this in the future.



Sally Magnusson is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster. She has presented numerous programmes for the BBC on both television and radio, including Breakfast NewsReporting Scotland, the Daily PoliticsPanorama and Songs of Praise. This is her eighth book. Since her mother’s death, Sally has gone on to establish a charity, Playlist for Life (www.playlistforlife.org.uk), aimed at encouraging access for every person with dementia to a playlist of personally meaningful music from their past life.

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The second is next Thursday:

Faith and Belief: Women in the Christian Church

Thurs 13 March 2014, 18.15-19.15, Watershed, Bristol

 The role of women in the Christian Church is the subject of much heated debate. In her book Women in Waiting: Prejudice at the Heart of the Church Julia Ogilvy interviews 12 of the most notable Christian women of our time, providing a telling and at times shocking analysis of the situation today. In this special session, Julia is joined by one of her interviewees the Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin, the first black female Chaplain to the House of Commons and the woman many people think could become the first female Bishop in the Church of England.



Julia Ogilvy is a businesswoman, social entrepreneur and writer. She won a number of awards for her role as Managing Director of Hamilton & Inches, including Scottish Businesswoman of the Year. She is the founder and Honorary President of Project Scotland, a revolutionary national volunteering organisation for young people and won the Ernst & Young Scottish Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award. She is an elder in the Church of Scotland, a trustee of Tearfund, Buttle UK and a number of other organisations. Her first book was Turning Points.

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The Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin was appointed to the role of Speaker’s Chaplain in June 2010. She is the Vicar of the United Benefice of Holy Trinity with St Philip, Dalston, and All Saints, Haggerston, in the London diocese. Rose combines this parish role with the position of Speaker’s Chaplain and as Priest Vicar at Westminster Abbey. In 2007 she was appointed a chaplain to the Queen, making her one of only a few who are occasionally invited to officiate and preach at the 400-year-old Queen’s Chapel beside St. James’ Palace. She is a member of the General Synod of the Church of England and has served as one of the Panel of chairs.



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