Brighton Catalyst Club Sept 12th
In July volunteer at the London Foundling Hospital Thomas Aird, told us about the building’s fascinating history. Performer Marisa Carnesky explored the extraordinary lives of showwomen including Brighton’s own Lulu Adams, the first international female circus clown. And all the way from France, professional musician Augustin Viard demonstrated the Ondes Martenot, an instrument created in the 1920s, with an ethereal beauty of of its own, somewhere between organ and theremin.
September’s guests include Ewan Kirkland and Coffin Club’s Kate and Kate from Eastbourne . Hell, yes, it’s going to be another corker.
Clues & Signs in Sussex & the South Downs with Tristan Gooley Sept 26th
The Joy of Natural Navigation
Clues and Signs in Sussex & the South Downs with Tristan Gooley
Join Sussex based author Tristan Gooley for an evening of natural navigation as he describes how he learnt to find his way using the sun, moon, stars, weather, plants, animals and buildings. Gooley has used the ancient techniques of natural navigation in the desert, on ice, in the jungle, on mountains, on oceans, in cities and in the English countryside and he explains how natural navigation can enrich all journeys, large and small.
Everyone who comes will learn the basic principles of how to make a map and compass from nature, including essential gems like how to make a map out of a rainbow and how to find a pub using a butterfly. Tristan passionately believes that natural navigation is not just a practical skill, but also the key to a much deeper and richer understanding of our environment. Be warned, it is slightly addictive.
This beautifully illustrated talk will include lots of clues from Sussex and the South Downs.
Tristan set up his natural navigation school in 2008 and is the author of the award-winning and bestselling books, The Natural Navigator (2010), The Walker’s Guide to Outdoor Clues & Signs (2014), How to Read Water(2016) and Wild Signs and Star Paths (2018), some of the world’s only books covering natural navigation.
Lewes Catalyst Club Oct 9th 7.30pm
In September we learned about the politics and 20th century history of nudity from head druid Philip Carr-Gomm and discovered from Tim Squire that the South Downs chalk grasslands are home to rare plants and butterflies, including the Adonis Blue and Duke of Burgundy. Becky Edmunds shared the remarkable story of how she and a friend found over 60 years worth of one man’s diaries in a Brighton street. Becky discussed elements of the diarist’s extraordinary life and has even turned this into a free film project that will run throughout 2020. (To find out more and sign up go to https://www.tobecontinued.online)
We return in October with Lewes’ sex educator and clinical psychologist Dr Hazel Rayner (with a topic that is definitely a first for the Catalyst Club), Ivor Gaber and possibly a talk from myself. It’s going to be grand.