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America, America, WTF America?

8 Nov

Students, remember: this is what happens when you don’t read books. Tonight, as the world’s most powerful country goes to the polls, join the Creative Writing Society for The Great American Quiz at Smokey Joe’s, and listen online to American-born Senior Lecturer Lania Knight’s thoughts on the impending catastrophe.

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The country that has given us Mark Twain, Herbert Melville, Walt Whitman, F Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck, Kurt Vonnegut, Grace Paley, Ursula le Guin, Thomas Pynchon, David Foster Wallace, and Toni Morrison is also a country that has confined political debate, privatised education, and celebrated unfettered capitalism. Democracy has for a long time meant nothing more than a quadrennial choice between interchangeable neoliberals – and now they can’t even get that right. What’s most frightening about the US election, and what was most frightening about the Brexit election, is how fervently some people cling to their hatred. We send greetings and kind thoughts to our American students and to our alumni who have returned to the US. We’d suggest you flee back over here, but the standard of debate that surrounded the Brexit referendum is evidence that British society faces all the same problems.

Still, here’s a consolation: tonight, Tuesday 8th November, join the Creative Writing Society for The Great American Quiz. They say: “It’s a quiz. It’s American themed. It’s election night. It’s at Smokey Joe’s. Aka, it’ll be great and you should Be There™. Its £1 per player!”

And, as preparation, why not listen to Lania Knight’s election-based interview on BBC Radio Gloucestershire! Lania is on at 02:09:30.

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Creative Writing Sci-Fi Quiz this Tuesday

21 Feb

It’s time for the UOG Creative Writing Society’s great Sci-Fi quiz, with your hosts Captain Carina and Darth Mathias. Entry is 50p per person, and teams can be from (Han) Solo, up to a maximum of 6 Avengers. Please arrive promptly for 7.30pm, with the first question round beginning at 8.00pm.

There will be prizes for the winning team, and for the best team name.

It’s this Tuesday 23rd February, and the venue is Smokey Joe’s, where the good folks are once again putting on some extra-awesome food and drink deals, exclusive to the society. Here’s the link to the Facebook event page, below is the event poster, and below that is a short Q&A. Enjoy!

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Q&A:

Q: I haven’t even seen Star Wars; do I have a chance?
A: Yes! The quiz is not the super-nerdy kind of quiz; there may be be Star Wars questions, but there will also be a wide range of more or less sci-fi related questions from Disney to Justin Timberlake to DC Comics.

Q: What about Doctor Who?
A: The Doctor will make an appearance of some sort. We promise.

Q: Can I bring my flatmates?
A: Of course.

Q: Can I bring my wookie?
A: Only if it behaves.

Q: What food/drinks at Smokey Joe’s can you recommend?
A: The Waffle Shareboard.

Creative Writing Society Winter Quiz Night this Tuesday

15 Nov

Sleigh bells ringing, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, mistletoe and wine… Get your mittens, scarves, and snow boots – the winter quiz is here! Warm yourself by the hearth at Smokey Joe’s Cafe this Tuesday 17th November. Enjoy exclusive food and drink deals. Tackle quiz rounds on literature, film, and general knowledge.

Entry is 50p per person, which covers pens, paper and the winners’ prizes. Teams can be comprised of up to 6 people, and there will be a prize for best team name. The first picture round begins at 7.30, and the questions start from 8. So what are you waiting for? Come in from the cold! 🙂

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