Popular poet’s Society date

Benjamin Zephaniah
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Spalding Gentlemen’s Society has announced its upcoming calendar of talks and lectures, beginning on September 25 with the inimitable poet, musician and author, Benjamin Zephaniah.

The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah is a lecture like no other.

The poet, musician, novelist, and actor will talk about his life, from the streets of Birmingham, to a life of crime, and to becoming Britain’s most popular living poet. This promises to be a lively, passionate talk, which might involve a little poetry.

The lecture takes place at 8pm on September 25 at Spalding Grammar School.

Other lectures to come in this year’s series include one on the Magna Carta as part of the national celebrations of the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the document by King John.

There is a look at weapons from the Society’s collection with Antiques Roadshow expert Bill Harriman; and Christine Hallett from Manchester University will be giving a lecture on Edith Cavell.

A Society spokesman said: “There is a fashionable and growing public interest in British social history, including past practices such as the coffee shop societies of which Spalding Gentlemen’s Society was one of the very originals.

“Today’s talks and lectures represent a modern opportunity for interested members of the public to come along and listen, learn, share or exchange opinions and genuinely take part in sustaining an ancient and much valued institution.

“The Society and its museum offer the public a wonderful opportunity to come along and get involved in questions of art, science, social science, history, archaeology and many more topics of interest.”