Reporter 426, 2 November 1998

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Help the blind

Volunteers are needed to record books onto tape or to read ‘live’ for blind students. Good typists, who can assist in the production of braille, and people who are computer literate are also being asked to help in this rewarding work. For further details contact the transcription centre for blind people, ext 3929.

Songs of celebration

The Leeds Guild of Singers is celebrating its 50th anniversary and its strong links with the University by performing with the music department in a concert on November 11. As part of its anniversary celebrations, the Guild commissioned Dr Philip Wilby, Head of Composition Studies, to write a piece based on the work of poet Elizabeth Jennings, which was performed in the Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall during the summer. For more information contact Jillian Johnson, ext 3074.

Romanian appeal

Following recent publicity about homeless and unwanted children in Romania, Hazel Exley of the Foundation Office is prepared to co-ordinate a University-wide response in support of this cause. Any member of staff or student who wishes to know more about the need in Romania and the work of Children in Distress; to take part in fund raising or simply contribute is invited to contact her on ext. 6022 or email

Sacred and profane

Five days of music comes to Leeds with the Sacred and Profane festival, taking place from 11 to 15 November. Performers include the Leeds Guild of Singers, the Department of Music Chorus and Musicians and its Music Orchestra, Leeds University Brass, and the Dutch Camilli Quartet. Contact Mrs Susan Wheater, 233 2589.

As part of the conference, the Department of Music and the School of Classics will host an interdisciplinary colloquium, The Secular Latin Motet, on Saturday November 14. The phenomenon of the secular Latin motet will be addressed from cultural, historical and musical perspectives. Contact Roger Brock, School of Classics or Richard Rastall, Department of Music for more information.

Barn dance

‘Go fast’ barn dancing is on offer at a New England contradancing group organised by Dr Thomas Green, of Computer-based Learning. The fast and furious dance was imported from the United States in the 1950s and Dr Green would particularly like to invite home-sick Americans to participate. The group’s next meeting is on November 4 at the Feast & Firkin. For more information contact Dr Green on ext 4636.

Hogarthian fun

Two researchers from the pharmacology department are appearing in a dramatised day in the life of William Hogarth at the Leeds City Art Gallery from November 5 to 7. Anne-Marie Davies and Christelle Guibert are performing in The Art of Success, which is described as a Rabelaisian romp through one day of the artist’s life.

Space for small people

Places for children aged two and a half to five years old are available at the Children’s Centre nursery school for the term commencing January 4. The school, which is staffed by fully qualified nursery nurses and teachers, has spaces for children both on a full and part-time basis. For more information contact the headteacher on 243 3578.

A poet’s play

The only play of Fernando Pessoa, generally regarded as the finest Portuguese poet of the twentieth century, has its British première at the Workshop Theatre later this month. The Mariner, as translated by George Ritchie, will be performed by the Tagus Theatre of Lisbon on November 17 at 4pm. It tells the story of three women keeping watch over the body of a fourth. While they wait, one of them recounts a dream, which is itself the story of a dream. The play transports the listeners across the frontiers of reality into a state of trance in which they too begin to doubt whether the dream “is not this vague thing I call my life”. For more information contact Dr David Frier on ext 3525.

How do you spell that?

Metcalfs and Metcalfes at the University can now trace the origin of their historic name in a new book. Metcalfe: history of the Clan also covers the history of Medcalfs, Mitcalfs and other variations. The book covers the origins of the family name, the history of the Nappa Branch (including the details of the 500 white horses story) and a section on other branches and occupations of various Metcalfes over the years. For more information email Professor Claire Hale:

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