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As a result of the tremendous success of the 1999 Robert Tressell Event we have now booked venue for a Robert Tressell Event 27th & 28th May 2000. For those that weren't there in 1999, below is the programme of what you missed.

TIMETABLE FOR THE ROBERT TRESSELL EVENT
BOURNE ARTS CENTRE, THE BOURNE, HASTINGS, EAST SUSSEX
29th -31st MAY 1999

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SATURDAY 29th MAY

10.00am - 11.l5am
    Grand opening by His Right Worshipfiil The Mayor, Councillor Godfrey Daniel. To be followed by exhibition and stands.

1130am -1.30pm
    Tressell Walk* led by Dr Trevor Hopper, author of "Robert Tressell's Hastings". At the end of this walk there will be the formal unveiling of a memorial plaque to the memory and achievement of Tressell at one of his former homes,241, London Road, St Leonard's. The unveiling will be performed by Michael Foster, M.P. for Hastings & Rye. Following this refreshments will be available at the Boume Arts Centre.

2.l5pm - 3.l5pm
'The Socialism Of 11 The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists" Part Of The Problem Or Part Of The Solution'. Talk by Dr Stephen Yeo, Socialist Historian and former Principal of Ruskin College, Oxford.

3.l5pm - 4.00pm
    Break for tea and discussion.

4.00pm - 5.l5pm.
   Talk by Stan Newens M.E.P. (Title to be advised)

S.l5pm - 7.00pm
    A rare opportunity to see the Channel 4/Arts Council Film "Give Us This Day" an excellent drama - documentary about Tressell's life and work. The bar will also be open for refreshments.

8.00pm - 10.30pm.
    An evening of diverse entertainment, including readings from the novel and music. Compere for the evening is Cllr Jeremy Birch

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SUNDAY 30th MAY

10.00am - 12.00pm
    Opening by Cllr Richard Stevens, Leader of Hastings Borough Council. Followed by a Peoples Panel of open discussion on Tressell and his work led by Dr Trevor Hopper and Phil Sawford M.P.

12.00pm - 2.00pm
    Tressell Walk* with Maire McOueeney, Sussex author and director of Novel Outings

2.30pm - 3.45pm
    Talk by Harry Spiliman, former East Sussex County Councillor and former chair of the East Sussex Libraries Committee. Speaking on "Robert Tressell; Libraries and Socialism"

4.l5pm - 5.l5pm
"The Robert Tressell Oral History Project" Talk and discussion led by Maire Mc Queeney.

5.30pm onwards
    The Great Socialist Picnic on The West Hill, (the site of 'Windley' in the book). Bring food and drink to share plus banners, flags etc for a real      socialist celebration in this beautiflil setting with commanding views all over Tressell's Mugsborough. The West Hill lift will be available for those unable (or unwilling!) to walk up the hill.

8.00pm - l1.00pm
    Informal evening of beer and music at "The First In Last Out" in the Old High Street, come and sample some of Hastings best real ale in a beautiflil Hastings pub. With many thanks to Cllr Mike Bigg, landlord of the F.I.L.O.

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MONDAY 31st MAY

10.00am - 12.00 pm
    Opening by Michael Foster M.P.for Hastings and Rye. Mugsborough's first Labour M.P. and a committed Tressell admirer. Peoples Panel led by Brion Purdey and Michael Foster. Open discussion on various aspects of Tressell's work and the Hastings of Tressell's era.

l2.00pm - 2.00pm
    Tressell Walk* led by Steve Peak, Curator of Hastings Fishermen's Museum;  local historian and author.

2.30pm - 3.30pm
    "George Meek; Eastbourne's Robert Tressell" Talk and discussion led by Dr Clive Griggs of Brighton University.

4.00pm - 5.l5pm
Talk and discusssion led by Dr Gary Day of de Montfort University, author of theintroduction to the current edition of "The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists"

TICKET PRICES

5 PER DAY/ 3 UNWAGED

5 FOR THE EVENING EVENT ONLY/3 UNWAGED

15 ALL INCLUSIVE WEEKEND TICKET/8 UNWAGED

* Please note, all three of the Tressell walks will take different routes and will cover different aspects of Tressell and his life in Hastings.

This event has been generously sponsored principally by The GMB, IPMS and Hastings Borough Council. We have also recieved generous donations from Southern Region GPMU. Yeovil Trades Council, Wisbech Trades Council and Camden Trades Council as well as from numerous individual supporters.

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