Thursday QUILTs

Quite Interesting Little Talks

Whether or not you are currently enrolled on a course, you are most welcome to join us

Most Thursday evenings we offer a little extra bonus to our wonderful language-learning community: a lecture, a talk, a discussion, a quiz... anything that might appeal to the wider interest of the group. 
Whether the topic is language, travel, food, film, or a taster session in a brand new language, we welcome existing students and newcomers to join in. You can passively listen, take an active part or even volunteer to lead a session. 
Look at our programme of events, past and forthcoming, to get an idea of what we offer.

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QUILTs schedule Nov-Dec 2020

Quite Interesting Little Talks

Something for everyone this half term...


Remember, remember the fifth of November, led by Father Peter Bowe

5th November

Father Peter Bowe is a Benedictine monk based at the beautiful Douai Abbey in West Berkshire. He is something of an expert on the history of religious (in)tolerance, and what more fitting way to mark this famous date in the British calendar than by a talk on Guy Fawkes and his crew, the wider context of the time, and how these tensions still resonate today.

A brief history of European languages, led by Andrew Wenger

12th November

Often in our lessons we find ourselves discussing the provenance of a particular word. On two-dimensional Zoom it is more difficult to gauge the genuineness of people’s interest when your word-nerd of a teacher goes off on an etymological tangent, but if you’d like to join in the discussion of how the languages of Western Europe came into existence, please join us.

“Shoplifters”, a Japanese film review, led by Sean and Victoria Shaw

19th November 

During our mini-season of film reviews earlier this autumn, Sean and Victoria showed their knowledge by referencing a wide range of different films, especially international films. We are delighted to let them take the lead in the discussion of this cult classic, which is unfortunately not on Netflix but is available to rent via Amazon video – or there is still time to buy a DVD copy.

NB: Please don’t be put off by certain (French) film suggestions that I have made in the past: you are more or less guaranteed to consider the £3.50 rental fee well worth it this time!

St Petersburg or Moscow? led by Serge Samsonov and Alyona Reshetnikova

26th November

Proud citizens of each city give their pitch to persuade us which is the essential travel destination, and whether there are regional differences in, for example, the autumn festivals and the run-up to Christmas. Spoiler alert: we’re probably going to call it a draw and that you should visit both when you have then chance!

Strictly Chair Yoga, led by Jackie Turner

3rd December 

After the great success of the first Chair Yoga session, Jackie Turner has very kindly offered to take us to the next level. No problem if you missed the first one – this time it’s all about the dance moves, from the comfort of your own chair, all ready for the festive season. Cha-cha-chair, if you will.

As a reminder of one person's reaction to the last session, take a look at this poem, by SameSky's resident poet, Ian James McKenzie

How to get ahead in publishing, by Dan Hiscocks/Simon Edge of Eye/Lightning Books

10th December

“Everyone has a book in them”, as the saying goes. Have you ever wondered about how easy it is to get your ideas into print? In the era of self-publishing is there still a place for traditional publishing? Hear the story of how Dan managed to set up and maintain a small independent publishing company, even in the era of a certain large online bookseller, whose name shall not be mentioned here!
Whether you come just to hear the fascinating story, or because you would like some clues about how to go about getting published, please join us.

Christmas party games

17th December

Zoomdown, Zoominary, Zoomble...
I’ve just made up those names for games, and haven’t really thought the rules through yet, but it could be fun... It’s nearly Christmas, and we’ll be looking back on nearly a year of Covid-related botheration, so let’s let our hair down and be a bit silly.

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QUILTs schedule Spring-Summer 2020

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22nd October 2020

German film discussion: "The lives of Others"

The title of the original German film has "the life" in the singular: Das Leben der Anderen, which could already be a talking point, maybe. A film about the workings of the Stasi in the 1980s, it is notable partly for the director's fantastic name: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

15th October 2020

French film discussion "Trois vies..."

“Trois vies et une seule mort” (Three lives and only one death) by the Chilean director, Raúl Ruiz. It’s a bit “out there” and it might not end up ranking among your 'favourite' films of all time, but there is certainly a lot to discuss!

8th October

Spanish film discussion: "Volver"

If you are a fan of Pedro Almodóvar, don't miss this chance to share your thoughts on what is arguably his best film. Given the wide range of ability amongst us, we will conduct the discussion mainly in English, but hopefully refer to aspects of the Spanish language that have grabbed our attention

1st October 2020

Chair Yoga

We are lucky enough to have many talented people in our community, and @JackieTurner has offered to lead a yoga session, which promises to be even more calming and relaxed than usual, given that we do it from the comfort of our own chair

June/July 2020

Please contact SameSky if you would like to take part in this beginners' course, as places will be limited

Japanese for beginners

11th June

China: a beginner's guide

Emmy Wu, one of our SameSky Languages colleagues, offers an insight into the language and culture of her home country

4th June

The History of the English language

A word-nerd's guide to the rich and colourful evolution of our language

16th April:

Birdsong of the British Woodland

With audio and visual accompaniment, take a virtual walk through the woodland and see how many of the birds you can identify from their songs

30th April:

Italy and the UK - the changing relationship

A talk by guest speaker Kevin Jones, assisted by SameSky Languages teacher, Gabriele Galli, on the way the relationship between Italy and GB has changed over the last few decades

21st May:

Julie Brix gives a personal account of one of the most iconic railway journeys in the world

The Trans-Siberian

28th May:

Japan and the Japanese

Andrew Wenger shares his experience of having spent two years in a small fishing village on the island of Awaji-shima, and an introduction to the language

April 9th:


We were not quite the first to offer a lockdown quiz, but it still felt like a fresh idea. Not only questions about languages, but...


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