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The University of Birmingham's Community Festival returned on Sunday 11 June 2017. 

Chamberlain Tower in the sun

More than 100 free events and activities brought families and the wider public onto campus and the College of Arts and Law played a full part with a series of lectures, workshops and performances.

Simon Fairbanks and Gulara Vincent had good advice for writers on self-publishing world-wide and overcoming writers' block. Professor Nick Crowson followed up his recent BRIHC Spring Series lecture on homelessness, with a focus this time on the mass squatting of military camps in 1946. Professor Ewan Fernie discussed the amazing ideas and international connections of George Dawson who founded the Shakespeare Memorial Library.

Author Simon Fairbanks
Ewan Fernie and a slide of George Dawson
Nick Crowson lecturing
Posters with timetables

Midlands3Cities-funded PhD student Richard O'Brien performed an extract from his new verse play, 'Sanctuary'. Richard's doctoral research looks at Shakespeare and the development of verse drama. 

Richard O'Brien performing an extract

Our music ensembles provided the soundtrack to the summer day, through appearances on the Chancellor Court main stage, the foyer of the Bramall Music Building and the Bramall Concert Hall.

A singer in the foyer of the Bramall Music Building
Gamelan Ensemble performing