B r i c k L a n e C i r c l e
PROJECT LAUNCH – 19 MARCH 2015
We had a great launch of the project yesterday at the Idea Store Whitechapel. The turnout and the levels of interest were fantastic. The invited speakers introduced the East India Company and talked about many interesting stories associated with its history. They also discussed about various collections and records of the East India Company. Two historical fiction writers shared their experiences of writing historical fiction. We look forward to receiving many applications, from a wide range of individuals from our diverse communities, to become volunteer heritage interpreters / historical fiction writers for the project.
Who should apply to volunteer?
Ordinary members of London’s diverse communities, with a special focus on people living in East London, and from different walks-of-life, are invited to apply. This project is particularly suitable for individuals who are interested in developing their knowledge on the heritage of East India Company and skills in creative writing. We are not looking for professional or established historians or writers to join the project. Please click for information, an application form and work plan. Closing date: Monday 20 April 2015.
SOME PAST SEMINARS - video links
The East India Company's seizure of Bengal and how this led to the great Bengal famine of 1770
Writing plays in Bengali in the Diaspora: My Experiences
The centenary of Tagore’s Nobel Prize and his relevance to today
Bengali Pundits, the British and the Artificial Construction of the Bengali Language
Contemporary growth challenges in Bangladesh: the challenge of building organisational capacity
This initiative was part of a project ran by Brick Lane Circle called the Battle of Plassey Young People's Project, developed to encourage more research and learning about the shared past of Britain and Bengal / Bangladesh - funded by Heritage Lottery Fund. Three of the eight young researchers attended the event to collect the award if successful. They are: Lothifa Chowdhury, Ruhana Ali and Atif Kazi,who were thrilled when they found out that we won.
You can get the full list of winners of the Channel S Awards 2011 by clicking below:
Channel S Awards 2011
KNOWING ONE ANOTHER BOOK LAUNCH and project completion celebration
20 April 2015 | Rich Mix | 6.30
The book offers a wonderful glimpse of the Eritrean, Thai, Ugandan, East African Indian, Bengali, Pashtun, Moroccan, Uyghur and the East End Jewish communities from London.
Event line up:Comedy: Patrick Monahan
Music: ACD Arts - performing East African music, London Uyghur Ensemble - performing Chinese Uyghur music, South Asian Dance performance – artist TBC. More
Channel S Awards 2011
On the evening of 7 April 2011 Channel S held its annual awards at their mega studio in Walthamstow, where guests, celebrities and presenters created an amazing must be at event. Brick Lane Circle was among 19 categories of winners. The award to Brick Lane Circle was for Achievement in Education Research / Teaching, which was in recognition for publishing the book called Plassey's Legacy, researched and written by eight young people aged 18-25.
Left: images from the Bengal History Week 2014 programme (18-26 October 2014)
HUMAN STORIES AND THE EAST INDIA COMPANY