Like moths to a flame, sometimes all it takes is a fire to draw people and ideas into orbit – and July’s Firelight was no exception.
On a particularly golden Thursday evening we were treated to a moment of silence and a meditation on success from Simon Cohen; tales of the unexpected and tunes aplenty from Clare Tavernor and an elegiac journey to Haiti and back again from Sam Bleakley.
Carried in the confident hands of three storytellers, we journeyed through African soundscapes and Indian mythologies, personal worlds and the world at large; with serendipitous connections that arose between ideas and places and bubbled up in post-talk fireside revelations. Cold pilsners from Sharps eased us gently into the evening, and days on we’re still thinking about the sweet potato fries laid on by brilliant new joint The Boatyard Cafe. Smug? Us? You would be too. Don’t miss the next one, coming up before the summer’s out.
Thanks to our speakers, to Sharps, to The Boatyard Cafe for a magical night by the river, and our beloved woody sponsors Trengayor Woodworks.
Join us at the next Firelight, on 27 September
Female racing car drivers in the West Bank. Women of colour running for political office in the US. The first female Sharia judge. Award-winning director and cinematographer Amber Fares is interested in diverse stories that give volume to, and develop understanding of, lesser heard voices. Her feature-length directorial debut, 'Speed Sisters' (2015), has played at over 70 film festivals around the world, picking up multiple audience and jury awards, and 'The Judge' (2018), on which she was cinematographer and co-producer, has just won a Peabody Award (the equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize for broadcasting and documentaries). Thanks to her connections with one of our League of Strangers members, we carved out some time for quick chat from her home in Brooklyn...