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What the Hand Is Holding: Writing Now
11 April 7.30, Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre, SE1. 0870 401 8181/ 020 7960 4242; www.rfh.org.uk. £9/ £6.50 concessions.
Readings by and discussion with John Berger, Geoff Dyer, Anne Michaels, Timothy O’Grady and Michael Ondaatje. Moderated by Patrick Wright.

A Seventh Man: Migration and Photography
12 April 6.30, Austrian Cultural Forum, 28 Rutland Gate, SW7. 020 7584 8653; www.austria.org.uk/culture. Free.
Panel with photographers Jean Mohr and Mehmet Emir and writer Timothy O’Grady. Moderated by Asu Aksoy. See 17 May and exhibitions.

John Berger: a Telling Eye
13 April 6.00, Lyttelton Theatre, National Theatre, South Bank, SE1. 020 7452 3000; www.nationaltheatre.org.uk. Free.
Panel with Jean Mohr, John Christie and Maggi Hambling on writer / artist collaborations. Moderated by Geoff Dyer. See exhibitions.

John Berger: a Film and Television Retrospective
14-30 April National Film Theatre. See films for full listings.
A major presentation of John Berger’s work with the moving image.

Vanishing Points
14-16 April 8.30, The Gymnasium, Kings Cross (beside entrance to new St Pancras Station). Phone 020 8510 9786 for information and booking or check back here later. £15 & £10. Email here to notify us of your interest.
STOP PRESS
All performances of Vanishing Points are now SOLD OUT.

Commissioned especially for this season, an encounter with railways, migration and memory. Written by John Berger and Anne Michaels. Directed by Simon McBurney. In association with Complicite. New commission supported by the Moose Foundation. See below and leaflet for details.


Vanishing Points is a unique site-specific collaboration between the writer and commentator John Berger, poet and novelist Anne Michaels and theatre-maker Simon McBurney.

Vanishing Points takes its audience from the industrial to the metaphysical, from the huge movements of globalisation to the interior pulses of memory, and from the present to a past that still exists in vibrant, essential traces.

Vanishing Points speaks of memories and hidden histories, of arrivals and departures, of love and disappointments, seeking with reflective urgency to bear witness to changes that affect us all.

Vanishing Points takes place in the evocative setting of the historic German Gymnasium, located in the capital city’s largest transport nexus, Kings Cross and providing a compelling backdrop to explore the event’s themes of immigration, deportation and conflict.

Yes
17 April 6.00, Ritzy Cinema, Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, SW2. 08707 550 062; www.picturehouses.co.uk.
Special preview of Sally Potter’s new feature, plus Q/A with the director.

John Berger and Geoff Dyer in Conversation
19 April 6.20, National Film Theatre. See films.

Titian: a Portrait
22 April 7.00, National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place,WC2. 020 7306 0055; www.npg.org.uk. £5/£3 concessions.
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In this reading and slide presentation, John Berger and his daughter Katya explore the meaning of Titian in art and their own relationship.

Caught Between Culture and Commerce? Independent Film
& Television in the UK: a Discussion

26 April 6.20, National Film Theatre. See films.

A Fortunate Man
26 April 7.30, Drapers Lecture Theatre, Geography Building, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Rd, E1. Free but call 020 8510 9786 to reserve.
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An exploration of the book by John Berger and Jean Mohr about general practice and social medicine. With writers Michael Rosen and Sukhdev Sandhu and doctors Iona Heath, Patrick Hutt, Jane Simpson and Tony Calland. Moderated by Gene Feder. See below and leaflet for details.


“He never separates an illness from the total personality of the patient—in this sense, he is the opposite of a specialist. He does not believe in maintaining his imaginative distance; he must come close enough to recognize the patient fully.”

An exploration, with invited speakers, of John Berger and Jean Mohr’s unique text/image collaboration about general practice and social medicine, a book full of empathy and insight into doctoring and illness, which remains as timely and relevant as when it was written, nearly 40 years ago.

The wide-ranging panel will consider how one judges ‘goodness’ in a physician, the complex physician-patient relationship, the physician’s place in the community and the nature of contemporary medical practice.

The panel includes writers Michael Rosen and Sukhdev Sandhu alongside doctors Iona Heath, Patrick Hutt, Jane Simpson, Tony Calland and Gene Feder, and will include a showing of the documentary drawn from the book.

A Little Bit of Freedom
27 April 7.00, Goethe Institute, 50 Princes Gate, Exhibition Rd, SW7. 020 7596 4000; www.Goethe.de/london. £3.
Screening of Turkish/German feature, directed by Yuksel Yavuz, about African and Kurdish teenagers in Hamburg. Plus a discussion with the director and Sukhdev Sandhu. See exhibitions.

To the Wedding
27 April 7.00, The London Lighthouse, Lancaster Rd,W11. 020 7792 1200; www.tht.org.uk. Free.
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
A discussion, inspired by John Berger’s novel, about responses to HIV/AIDS, with Nick Partridge, Chief Executive of The Terrence Higgins Trust, Consultant Physician Dr Jane Anderson and others.

My Beautiful
6 May 6.30, Purdy Hicks Gallery, 65 Hopton St, Bankside, SE1. 020 7401 9229. Phone 020 8510 9786 for information and booking. Very limited capacity. £5. Email here to notify us of your interest.
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A reading around Giacometti by John Berger, photographer Marc Trivier and artist Yves Berger. See exhibitions.

Love is the Devil + I Could Read the Sky
8 May Curzon Soho Cinema (see 17 April)
John Maybury’s imaginative biography of Francis Bacon will be introduced by photographer Marc Trivier, who knew and photographed the artist. I Could Read the Sky is adapted from Timothy O’Grady’s book on the life and memory of an Irish migrant in London. It will be introduced by director Nichola Bruce.

Goya’s Last Portrait
9 May 6.30, National Gallery,Trafalgar Square, WC2. 0870 990 8453; www.nationalgallery.org.uk. £7/ £5 concessions (booking fee).
A reading by John Berger and Nella Bielski from their drama on the Spanish artist. With actor Lilo Baur.

The Look Exchanged: Considering Animal Perception
10 May 7.00, ICA,The Mall, SW1. 020 7930 3647; www.ica.org.uk. £8/ £6 concessions.
John Berger and Despina Chronopoulos in conversation about the human response to the non-human, and vice-versa.With photographer James Mollison presenting images from his book of primate portraits James and Other Apes.

King: a Street Story and Response
11-12 May 8.00, St George's Theatre, Tufnell Park Road, N7. Entry by donation. Email to notify us of your interest.
Cardboard Citizens, the acclaimed homeless people’s theatre company, present a scratch performance in reaction to influential writer John Berger’s King, an anonymously published novel about homelessness and displacement, narrated by a dog. Staged in a squatted venue in East London, elements may include a live soundtrack performed by Cardboard Citizens New Music Ensemble and a film made by a dog. See leaflet for details.

“I am mad to try... I am mad to try to lead you to where we live.”

And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief as Photos
12 May 7.00, London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, Bloomsbury, WC1. 020 7269 9030; www.lrb.co.uk/lrbshop. £4 non-LRB subscribers/ £3 subscribers.
Reading by John Berger to mark republication of his innovative book.

Refusing to Accept the Absurdity of the World Picture Offered Us
13 May 7.30, A venue between Bank and Liverpool St. See below for further information. £10 / £7.50 concessions.
Inspired by John Berger’s writings, social artists’ collective Platform will explore capitalism and the nature of transnational corporations in the heart of London’s Square Mile.

Refusing to Accept the Absurdity of the World Picture Offered Us is PLATFORM's contribution to the John Berger season. Using his texts, both published and unpublished, as points of departure we will explore the nature of contemporary capitalism - specifically the transnational corporation - looking through the lens of current PLATFORM projects (specifically The Desk Killer, Gog & Magog and the Museum of the Corporation).

The piece will take place at 3 sites in the City of London between Liverpool Street and Bank stations, and, by using the spoken word, walks, video, poetry and still images, we will look at these questions among others...

Why is there, in London, barely a trace of the most powerful corporation the world has ever seen ?

What are the fables of Gog & Magog ?

How is it possible to kill from a desk, from a computer terminal ?

How does consciousness begin to change ?

Date: Friday 13th May

Start time and place: 7.30pm at a location close to Liverpool Street Station - you will receive a map and location with your tickets.

Tickets: £10/£7.50 concs. Please send cheques payable to "PLATFORM: London" to John Berger Event, PLATFORM, 7 Horselydown Lane, Bermondsey, London SE1 2LN (Please note these revised prices reflect the use of a new venue on the event)

IMPORTANT NOTE: WE PLAN TO USE AN E-TICKET SYSTEM AND WILL SEND TICKETS IN AN ELECTRONIC FORM (PDF) VIA EMAIL FOR YOU TO DOWNLOAD AND BRING TO THE EVENT. FOR THOSE THAT PREFER A HARD COPY TICKET THROUGH THE POST, PLEASE FORWARD YOUR ADDRESS DETAILS EITHER BY EMAIL TO info@platformlondon.org or PHONE 020 7403 3738 AND INDICATE HOW MANY TICKETS YOU WOULD LIKE. NUMBERS ARE LIMITED 65.

www.platformlondon.org


new event

EMINE SEVGI ÖZDAMAR & LATIFE TEKIN
AT BORDERS CHARING CROSS

READINGS BYJOHN BERGER

BORDERS CHARING CROSS ROAD
MONDAY 16 MAY AT 6:30PM

As part of the John Berger Season: Here is Where We Meet (11 April – 18 May 2005), we are delighted to welcome Emine Sevgi Özdamar and Latife Tekin for a discussion of their books, extracts of which will be read by John Berger.

Admission is FREE. To reserve a seat please call Borders on 020 7836 9485.

Emine Sevgi Özdamar is a writer and an actress, born in Turkey and living and working in Germany since 1976. She is the author of Mother Tongue (Coach House Press, 1994) and Life is a Caravanserai (Middlesex UP, 2000). Emine Sevgi Özdamar received the prestigious Ingeborg Bachmann prize in 1991 and the Kleist Award in 2004.

Latife Tekin is one of Turkey's leading novelists. Two of her novels are available in English, Berji Kristin: Tales from the Garbage Hills (1996) and Dear Shameless Death (2000, both published by Marion Boyars).

Praise for Emine Sevgi Özdamar’s Life is a Caravanserai:

'Poet of the vanished, poet of the unsayable, funny and terrible, Özdamar writes with a magnificent pride such as the privileged have long since lost' – John Berger

‘A real social, moral and literary time-bomb. NoTurkish writer – let alone a woman writer – has ever written anything of the kind before. An extraordinary imagination’ – Juan Goytiloso

Praise for Latife Tekin’s Berji Kristin:

'I have never read another book like this one. And perhaps you haven't either... If you stay with it, you are captured, you are forced to reside there, and the experience becomes unforgettable' - John Berger.

If you have any other queries concerning this event please contact Nick Panayiotou, Borders Charing Cross, Events Co-ordinator, Tel 0207 836 9485

A Seventh Man:Then and Now
17 May 6.00, Institute of International Visual Arts 6-8 Standard Place, Rivington St, Shoreditch, EC2. 020 7729 9616; www.iniva.org. Free.
A discussion with writers Gary Younge, Letife Tekin, Moris Farhi, Emine Sevgi Ozdamar (tbc) and Asu Aksoy. Moderated by Professor of Sociology, Kevin Robins. See exhibitions.

John Berger and Simon McBurney in Conversation
18 May 7.30, Purcell Room, South Bank Centre, SE1. 08703 800 400; www.rfh.org.uk. £8.50/ £6 concessions.
John Berger and theatre director McBurney of Complicite consider the nature of creative collaborations.