The new series of Culture Bites, organised by Crewkerne & District U3A, will have an Eastern theme. Following on from the successful Culture Bites series on Art and on Science last year, which represented a new venture for the U3A, Eastern Bloc begins on Thursday March 5th with a talk by Bristol University lecturer Dr Janek Gryta, entitled There’s A Carp In My Bath. During the Communist Era in the 1950’s and 60’s, carp which is traditionally served for Polish Christmas dinner was not easy to come by and “if you could get one, you grabbed it and put it in the bath to keep.”

Eastern Bloc continues on March 12th with a Day In The Life Of A Soviet Teenager by Exeter University lecturer Dr Claire McCallum. On March 19th, U3A member John Bartholomew, who helps to organise concerts in Crewkerne on behalf of Concerts in the West, presents a talk on Stalin and Shostakovich, entitled Enemy Of The People. Alexander 11 – the Tsar who needed eight lives, is the topic of the lecture on March 26th, presented by U3A chairperson Sheila Seymour, formerly of Royal Holloway University of London. On April 2nd, Andrew Borkowski presents Paderewski – Pianist, Prime Minister, Philanthropist. The series of lectures ends on April 9th with Totalitarian Art, presented by art dealer Miles Barton, who has also worked as an historical researcher for a number of period film and TV productions.

U3A chairperson Sheila Seymour said: “Last year we wanted to try something different and we were delighted how well the Culture Bites series were received by our members and the general public. A couple of the speakers for Eastern Bloc are back by popular demand and it promises to be another stimulating series of lectures.” The weekly lectures will be held at the George Reynolds Centre from 2 pm to 4 pm. Tickets at £5 for each individual lecture can be purchased in advance from the LIC at the town hall or at the door on the day of the lecture. The lectures are open to non members and members of the U3A, all are welcome.

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