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The Common Room(s): Everything Is Extraordinary @ Brighton Unitarian Church

The Common Room(s): Everything Is Extraordinary @ Brighton Unitarian Church

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6:45 PM

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Brighton Unitarian Church

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The Common Room(s) emerged from a unanimous desire amongst a few friends to create a space where thoughts can be shared, ideas can emerge, and open, thoughtful discussion can be had. We wanted to hear passionate speakers share their insights and ideas, then revel, wallow and be immersed in beautiful acoustic music, leaving the event refreshed in mind, body and spirit.

We hope to develop a space where people can practice listening, coming together for an evening where to be like-hearted is valued above being like-minded. 

We are excited to announce that the first part of this evening will be hosted by celebrated author, journalist and broadcaster Cole Moreton.

Cole has interviewed some of the most famous and infamous people in the world, from Tiger Woods to the Archbishop of Canterbury, written and presented award-winning documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and is about to publish his seventh book, which has the same title as this session: Everything Is Extraordinary.

This evening Cole tells true stories about some of the inspiring women and men he has encountered and invites us to share our own recollections of the remarkable people who have touched our own lives. Together we will explore the ways in which we are connected to each other, to the natural world and to the divine, if we believe in that. The title comes from something said by the late Australian writer Clive James, who in his final days told Cole how he had been seized by the revelation that every moment of life was potentially precious and beauty could be seen in even the smallest things. Is there a way for the rest of us to see the world a little more like that too?

Having listened to Cole, and been invited to join in the dialogue if you would like (no obligation) followed by an interval for refreshments and socialising, you will be invited to sit, or lie (feel free to bring a yoga mat) and bathe in the gentle music, presented in acoustic form centred around the beautiful Steinway Piano.

Acoustic music from pianist/composer Mark Edwards, James Osler (gtr) Oz Dechaine (double bass) plus very special guests: Heather Cairncross (Voice) and Matthew Forbes (Cello)

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