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Welcome students and guest speakers, here and beyond

by Alison Taylor on 2021-12-08T12:38:00+00:00 | Comments

Sigiriya rock, Sri Lanka

Work placement student Will Hulme shares reviews poet Amali Gunasekera's visit to The Hive:


On Tuesday 30 November, poet Amali Gunasekera came to The Hive. She read from her new poetry anthology ‘The Golden Thread’ coming out March 2022. The anthology focuses on Amali’s emotional introspective through healing from trauma explored profoundly through her beautiful, eloquent skill with words and her firm, compelling perspective throughout. 

In the event, she discussed and took questions on her writing career, and influences, most notably, Carl Jung.

Amali is a Sri Lankan born poet and archetypal consultant who studied at the University of Lancaster. She has lived across the world from east Africa, to India. Now based in Cumbria, her poetic work has discussed topics such as:

  • identity 
  • relationships
  • intersectionality 
  • emotional and spiritual wellbeing and healing 
  • explorations of cultural practices across southeast Asia

Amali's website, Symbolic Site, gives more information including her works ‘The Deep Design of ‘I’’, ‘Lotus Gatherers’ and other anthologies in which she has been published.


Future events

If you couldn’t make Amali’s event, no worries! Guest speakers are hosted at the Hive throughout the academic year. To find out more, check out the events page. But for a quick low-down, check out the next two literary events below in the new year.

Speakers coming up in the following months:

The Dereliction, with Liz Berry and Tom Hicks

Wednesday 19 January 2022 at 7pm. £3
A collection of poetry dedicated as a love letter to the Black Country by poet Liz Berry accompanied with photography by Tom Hicks.

For students from, or with a love of, the Black Country, this event is ideal to attend. Check out Liz and Tom’s websites below for more information on their work and socials.


A Betrayal of Heroes, with David Ebsworth

Thursday 17 February 2022 at 7pm. Free
Author David Ebsworth will be sharing the awe-inciting stories that inspired his most recent novel ‘A Betrayal of Heroes’ the newest edition to his Telford series. 

For students with a penchant for 20th century World War II history, this one’s for you.

Check out David’s website to uncover more tales of Jack Telford.

Hive literary events

Literary events are available to all students as well as members of the public interested in attending. They are excellent opportunities to learn about topics you may not cover in your courses. Literary events can cover such a wide variety of themes and areas found both within university studies and the wider world to enrich your academic experience. 

Events are frequently hosted throughout the academic year at The Hive. Most of these events are speakers coming in to discuss their area of expertise and offering advice on their experience. These events are more often than not free to attend for students especially!

So whether it’s serious Biomedical Science you’re studying, or globetrotting with Geography, come along and check them out. If you’re a first year student especially with an inkling of curiosity, we encourage you to come along and check out these events before you’re swimming in assignments!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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