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2017 Easy Read Guide to Voting in the General ElectionThe General Election is on 8 June. Our students on the Step Up to Functional Skills and Interviews course have been discussing this in class. As a result we’ve come up with some handy sources to help you vote in the election.

Easy News has created a special issue for April/May dedicated to the election. You can download this for free from the website.

The Electoral Commission has produced 2017 – an Easy Read Guide to Voting in the Election which explains:

  • what voting is and how it works
  • how to register to vote
  • what to do if you want to vote by post
  • how to get someone to vote on your behalf
  • how to vote at a polling station.

We also get the weekly newspaper First News which makes the news easier to understand. They are running a reader mock general election. Take a look at their General Election page for an easy read on what the different parties stand for.

Register to vote on the UK Government website. You will need your national insurance number. You can also register by post with this form if you live in England/Wales. You need to register by 1159am on Monday 22 May.  You can download this form to register for a vote by post if you are away from home on election day. Your Vote Matters website has a handy search engine so you can find your local authority to register to vote in person or send them a form to get a postal vote.

Grayson Perry trail and National Portrait Gallery brochureAs a college Hillcroft aims to reflect the diverse background of its learners and staff. Our Access to Higher Education: Humanities and Social Science students look at identity as part of their Psychology and Sociology units. If you’re interested in diversity and equality then you’ll like the Turner Prize winning artist Grayson Perry’s exhibition Who Are You? running until 15 March 2014 at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

The exhibition follows the 14 items in the exhibition which appeared in the Channel 4 programme Grayson Perry: Who Are You? broadcast this autumn. They include a poster representing the identity and beliefs of a deaf community group, a Benin-styled statue of Peter Pan depicting a female to male transsexual and a young British woman from Kent who has converted to Islam encapsulated in a silk Hijab. Plus 3 statues of women from a women’s group which supports so called obese women. One of Perry’s signature ceramic pots portrays a gay couple who have adopted a mixed race child. You can follow Grayson’s trail of works at the National Portrait Gallery.

If you’d like to find out more about the artwork go through backruns of the TV programme by visiting 4oD.

At the same time the National Portrait Gallery is displaying Suffragettes: Deeds Not Words examining how the suffragette movement spent the summer of 1914 increasing their fight for the vote and protesting against the Cat and Mouse Act up. The display runs up to 10 May 2015.

Both the exhibition and the display offer free entry.

Revolutionary Lives book coversThis autumn we’ve added two new autobiographies of famous female suffragettes to our collection which are part of Pluto Press’s series on Revolutionary Lives. They focus on Sylvia Pankhurst, daughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, and Ellen Wilkinson Both of these are relevant to our Access to Higher Education (HE) Humanities and Social Science students who study female emancipation as part of their history course. We’ve also bought a copy of Molly Housego’s book:

The Women’s Suffrage Movement

which is a colourful easy read to the fight for women’s voting rights.

We’ve also been adding a range of books on sporting women to our biographies collection. These include:

My Life: Queen of the Court by Daniel Paisner and Serena Williams

Serena and Venus Williams: Tennis Stars by Gregory N. Peters

Maria Sharapova by Jeff Savage

Game, Set and Match: Billie Jean King and the Revolution in Women’s Sports by Susan Ware

Sporting women book covers

 

Voting form for World Book NightAt our World Book Night event on 23 April we got our students voting for some the latest pieces of fiction by women writers. The list included:

The Shadow of the Crescent Moon by Fatima Bhutto

The Hen who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-Mi Hwang

Perfect by Rachel Joyce

Three Graves Full by Jamie Mason

Love, Nina: Dispatches from Family Life by Nina Stibbe

We’re adding these to our fiction collection over the summer. We’ll be also looking at ordering from the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction Longlist:

Americanah by Chimamanda  Ngozi Adiche

The Lowland by Jnumpa Lahiri

Burial Rights by Hannah Kent.

 

British Suffrage coverOur Access to Higher Education students are due to follow the history of the women’s suffrage movement as part of their history course. This week two interesting programmes on the women’s movement and the suffragettes were broadcast back-to-back on BBC 2.

If you missed them you can catch One Hundred Years of the Women’s Movement on BBC iPlayer. It takes you from women fighting for the right to vote right up to the recent Slut marches. Following this programme was Tales from the Old Bailey: the Suffragettes. It brings to life the trial of Emmeline Pankhurst from court papers. Again if you missed it you can catch up on BBC iPlayer.

We’ve just added the ebook edition of Paula Bartley’s  Votes from Women 1860-1928 to our collection through Dawsonera. We’ve got a host of resources on the suffragettes for our students including ebooks, websites and DVDs through our library catalogue.

Suffrage Atelier (1909-c.1914), Postcard, printed, c...

Women’s Suffrage Collection, Women,s Library on VADS

4 June marks 100 years since the death of the suffragette Emily Wilding Davison at the Epsom Derby.

Our Hillcroft Access to Higher Education students study the suffragettes campaign to win votes for women as part of their course.

Here’s a taster of the resources we have on the suffragettes fight for women’s suffrage which includes the BBC Archive Suffragettes website, DVDs as well as books.

UK Parliament has just added a special page to commemorate Emily’s life and campaign work on their Emily Wilding Davison page.

There is currently a campaign running launched in The Guardian’s letters page to get a minute’s silence to commemorate Emily death. Visit the Emily Wilding Memorial Davison Campaign to find out more.